NEWS: BCC success at New Designers

July 2017

The Building Crafts College’s Fine Woodwork Diploma Year 2 students exhibited at New Designers, 5–8 July at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. A total of 19 furniture making students exhibited approximately 50 pieces of furniture.

New Designers ensures the life cycle of the UK design industry continues and thrives. Entering its 33rd edition, New Designers brings together design education, design consumers and the design industry to celebrate and recognise the next generation of graduate designers. Each edition brings 3,000 of the most promising graduate talents from the UK’s leading design courses. The show features everything from illustration to animation, furniture to fashion. It provokes fresh thinking and kick-starts careers, providing a pipeline of young talent into one of the UK’s leading sectors.

During the show Rowena Edwards was awarded the New Designers MADE.COM Award for Stand Out Design for Rownd – A Rolling Drinks Cabinet. Rownd transports bottles and glasses around the home. Through the use of weights and a pivot the bottle and glass cartridge can stay upright while the cabinet rolls. The cabinet has both solid and veneered oak components which give the cabinet a traditional, solid aesthetic that contrasts with the unusual, light and flowing way of use. The oak is teamed with yellow laminate and grey linoleum accents to provide colour and protection from any spillages. The glass and bottle cartridge can be lifted out of the rolling mechanism, allowing the user to refill on a stable surface. The top tray can also be lifted away, revealing a small storage compartment for drinks accessories such as bottle openers.

Of Rownd the judges commented, ‘A great eye catching and playful update on a traditional format. Compact, portable, well detailed and neat function. Looks great and works well.’ This award is given to a product that recognises the aspirations and requirements of today’s customers and demonstrates creativity, market research, sustainability and commercial understanding. Rowena will now undertake five one-hour design mentorship sessions with one of MADE.COM’s leading designers. The mentorship will cover portfolio review, career planning, pitching, developing a business plan, product development and more.

Rowena Edwards Building Crafts College Fine Woodwork Furniture Making

Rowena Edwards with Rownd

At the show the Building Crafts College received two out of only ten John Lewis Loves awards; one to Rowena Edwards for Rownd and the other to Carolin Reichert for her Capture Cabinet. The Capture Cabinet was designed as a cabinet of curiosities that embodies a story in itself rather than being defined by its contents. The outward design mimics that of a 19th century analogue camera with curiosities only becoming clear upon closer inspection. The drawer and two hinged doors conceal their own mysteries behind their simple exterior. The tripod legs add stability and tie the story together. The design and material for the cabinet was inspired by a Bow Arts Trust research project about the history of the timber industry along the River Lea. The cabinet is made almost entirely of solid walnut, with a walnut veneered drawer bottom. The drawer also functions as a working pinhole camera. The interior of the cabinet consists of an intricate pattern of mouldings, which are only revealed when the doors are opened, and were inspired by a catalogue of designs from the 19th century.

Carolin Reichert Building Crafts College Fine Woodwork Furniture Making

Carolin Reichert’s Capture Cabinet

Other show success includes the Futon Company discovering Michael Pavlou’s Standing Table which they will now put into production. A representative from the Futon Company said ‘It was really nice to talk to some of your very talented designers. You had the best stand in my opinion, a real mix on display that was refreshing.’ Michael’s table was inspired by shelves above the radiators in his own home that are almost seamless, floating and very space efficient. The triangular structure of the table provides strength. The triangular shape is echoed by the rail. American white ash was selected for its straight grain, strength and lightness. The lid is able to open and close through the use of a brass rod as a pivot point which is discrete as not to detract from the aesthetics of the piece.

Michael Pavlou Building Crafts College Fine Woodwork Furniture Making

Michael Pavlou’s Standing Table

There are places available on the Fine Woodwork courses starting in September 2017. For information or to book a visit to the Building Crafts College please email admissions@thebcc.ac.uk, telephone 0208 522 1705 or drop-in to the College between 10.00 and 4.00 Monday to Friday.

A full list of the Building Crafts College Fine Woodwork Diploma students who exhibited can be found below:

  • Carolin Reichert
  • Julian Delgado
  • Rowena Edwards
  • Myles Janvier
  • Ross Wyld
  • Michael Pavlou
  • Finola Quigly
  • James Bowyer
  • John Blow
  • Michael Summers
  • Nic James
  • Jade Watts
  • Ross Reed
  • Shaun Hiley
  • Edward Sprinks
  • Archie Will
  • Antje Weihen
  • Daniel Grilo
  • Glen Griffiths