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KI sponsor The National School of Furniture’s (NSF), MA Furniture Design Summer School

August 5, 2013

Italy-summer-school-2013KI and The Furniture Makers’ Company sponsorship of this years Buckinghamshire New University MA Furniture Design Summer School from 16th – 23rd June 2013, gave students a unique opportunity to work on a design brief co-written by key sponsor KI, Italian furniture company Lago and Buckinghamshire New University. Located at the company premises of Lago in Cittadella, students gained a unique taste of employment as designers for a week.

The brief this year was:

What makes home ‘home’ and what makes the office ‘the office’? Consider how to blur these boundaries and how we could make the office more welcoming and more conducive to happy collaborations particularly in this time of ever extending, multi location, working hours.

Students attending the trip this year were Margarita Bosnjak, Linn Narane, Rowena Dodd, Kay Grannell, Mikko Hannula and Ian Reveley. The tutors were Dr. Lynn Jones, Head of the National School of Furniture, and Alex Hellum, furniture designer, maker and teacher.

It was quickly decided as a group that the focus would be on making physical scale models. The students had all taken suitcases full of materials; fabric, yarn, tape, paper, glue and little wooden sticks.

At the end of the week, the students presented their concepts and ideas to Daniele Lago, Lago’s Creative Director, before presenting twice more, once to the design and technical team and once to the various staff.

Lago have developed designs that have come through the Lagostudio programme of three workshops a year a few times, including one from a previous Bucks participant: the Joynt chair by Harry Owen. One of last year’s MA group Paola Brotto, who now works at Lago was a true inspiration to the students.

Dr Lynn Jones, Department Manager for Furniture at Bucks New University and Head of the National School of Furniture (NSF), a partnership between Bucks New University and Oxford & Cherwell Valley College, commented:

“We felt so very lucky that we were sponsored by KI, and being on the trip made the group as a whole become much more coherent as a unit, living, working, eating and laughing together as we were. All of our skills were shared, as were the jokes, materials and other supplies, technical support and company privileges: a bonding experience second to none. Feeding us so splendidly only enhanced our Lago experience – we are sure we designed more energetically and creatively as a consequence. We all agreed, that this was a trip and an experience that would stay with us forever and we are indebted to Jonathan Hindle; KI, The Furniture Makers Company and to Lago for making it all possible.”

The summer school has become a pivotal project for the MA students, and one which adds vast industrial relevance and value to their MA experience. It also acts as a tremendous team building exercise, and engenders design understanding, human empathy and professionalism, like no other activity on the course.

The results of this workshop will be shown on September 17th 2013 in The City of London, at The Furniture Makers Hall, 12 Austin Friars, EC2N 2HE from 4pm onwards.

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Cherrill Scheer & Associates
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T: +44 (0)1923 242 769
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E: csa@hillehouse.co.uk

August 2013

Editors Notes:
About KI

KI is a global provider of workplace & educational furniture that is designed and manufactured locally and offers good value and flexibility with minimal inventory.

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About Buckinghamshire New University
The MA Furniture Design course, MA Art and Design Practice: Furniture Design, is part of the National School of Furniture, a partnership between Bucks New University and Oxford and Cherwell Valley College.
Buckinghamshire New University has enjoyed a long and successful history since it was founded in 1893. The University now offers an extensive portfolio of courses spanning the creative and cultural industries, the management and information management sectors, and the public sector. It also offers services to industry including contract research, consultancy and the opportunity to employ graduates.
The University has recently completed a major campus re-development programme, which saw the opening in September 2009 of: a new state-of-the-art building in High Wycombe known as the Gateway and comprising a learning resource and technology centre, events hall, gym, sports science laboratory, dance, drama, music and video production studios, library and meeting rooms; new student accommodation in High Wycombe; and a new base for nursing students and applied healthcare research in Uxbridge, West London.

Website: www.bucks.ac.uk
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