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KI Europe's KICKSTART programme brings six new MA graduates to Tent London

June 20, 2014

KI Europe sponsor ambitious new talent at Future of British design
Stand E26, 18-21 September 2014


KI Europe are the principal sponsors for the new and ambitious designers of Desixn Studio[1], a collective of recent graduates from Bucks New University who have come together for Tent London 2014 where they will showcase their unique design talents. Each of the members of Desixn Studio have different approaches to the design process while sharing a commitment to quality, function and sustainability without compromising the aesthetics of a piece. Read more about the designers here.

Jonathan Hindle, Group Managing Director of KI EMEA and immediate past Master (2013 – May 2014) of The Furniture Makers' Company, is keen to support students and new talent, recognising the positive impact that companies can make by investing in the future of design and manufacture.

Jonathan Hindle commented:
"We are delighted to sponsor these six budding designers at Tent London. Being able to showcase their work at one of the capital's most creative festivals will propel them into the spotlight, exposing them to the industry’s leading furniture designers, manufacturers and buyers. As a local manufacturer committed to investing in the next generation of British design excellence, we are proud to offer such unique opportunities. It adds substance to our KICKSTART programme's mission of supporting new talent."

KI have an established history in encouraging and supporting future designers and new talent. In addition to participating in apprenticeships and sponsoring various industry awards for students and new designers, KI have been an ongoing sponsor of the Buckinghamshire New University MA Furniture Design Summer School since 2009.

KI is a global provider of workplace and educational furniture is designs and manufactures in the UK and offers good value, flexibility and design excellence.
Please visit the KI website, www.kieurope.com or telephone +44 (0)20 7404 7441

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For further information please contact:
Cherrill Scheer & Associates
Hille House
132 St Albans Road
Watford, Herts WD24 4AE
T: +44 (0)1923 242 769
F: +44 (0)1923 228 110
E: csa@hillehouse.co.uk

Editors Notes:

About KICKSTART
Committed to supporting British design and manufacturing, KI sponsors a number of initiatives under its KICKSTART programme. Since 2009 KI have been an ongoing sponsor of the Buckinghamshire New University MA Furniture Design Summer School, giving students a unique opportunity to work on a design brief co-written by KI, Italian furniture company Lago and Buckinghamshire New University. Traveling to Lago’s facilities in Cittadella, Italy, students gain a unique taste of employment as designers for a week. KI also recognises emerging talent through the Mixology Student Furniture Designer of the Year award, and participates in the apprenticeship scheme with groups of students visiting a number of KI’s factories around the UK.

About KI
KI UK is a wholly owned subsidiary of KI Inc (Krueger International) Founded in 1941 it is one of the world's largest independent furniture manufacturing groups employing over 3,500 people with its headquarters in Wisconsin, USA. KI produces high quality, durable furniture bringing together good design, advanced engineering and sustainable resources. KI is a recognised leader in the Business, Education, Healthcare and Government sectors.

KI's European headquarters is located at its central London Showroom and operations centre. Its factories are located in the UK.

About The Furniture Makers' Company
The Furniture Makers' Company is the British furnishing industry’s charity, which fosters and supports the industry by championing excellence, educating future talent, and supporting those in need.
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