THE DESIGN AWARD SHORTLIST
Excellent design attempts to answer a problem – it champions original thought, it’s not style for the sake of it. The following pieces have been shortlisted for the Design Award.
Crown Chair
By Adam Southgate
Plymouth University

Title and Brief Description
The Crown Chair by Adam Southgate consists of 7 steam bent ash curves making up the back and arms of the chair.

Design Summary
Made from seven steam bent ash curves, the Crown chair, by Adam Southgate is a decorative but also practical addition to a room. The unique style of the chair makes it a statement in the room, looking thrown like. The cushioned upholster seat is comfortable for the user due to its ergonomic dimensions. One jig is used to make the bends which has kept the rejection waste to a minimum which means less wood is wasted creating this product. In addition, due to the steam bent curves this chair could easily be designed into a sofa or larger addition to a room to make it into a range of furniture.

Materials and Manufacture Summary
I chose ash as the main material for this piece due to the idea of using green ash could be used from forest thinning to produce these as this wood is not kiln dried and it is usually just sold as firewood. In addition to this a workshop could be set up within these forests to teach individuals about steam bending and they could come out at the end with one of these pieces.




@southgate.design
adam.southgate@students.plymouth.ac.uk
Set Tee
By Charlotte McGowan
Kingston University

Title and Brief Description
An upholstered modular seating system, which can be broken down into two halves for transportation. Only a wrench is needed for the chair’s assembly, reducing time and complications on site or in the home. Two chairs can fit within one cardboard box. There are currently 4 variants of Set Tee.

Design Summary
A modular lounge chair, derived from the idea that triangles will always fit within a square, allowing the back to nest within the base. This project focuses on celebrating space, as the hollow centre of the profile allows the user to see through the entire extrusion, in which the alternating colours of the modules can be seen. The on-site linking of the back and seat, and their nesting, can save time and space during transport and storage.

Materials and Manufacture Summary
Formed Aeroply internally, the back and base are each made in two halves (needing four moulds overall) and dowelled together; covered with upholstery foam and woven fabric. LDPE feet, steel hardware.




@charmcg__pfd
charmcgowan.designs@yahoo.com
Socially Distance Bench
By David Cheng
Rycotewood 

Title and Brief Description
Socially Distance Bench

Design Summary
My design was to make socially distanced seating easy and less awkward, my design forces people to sit apart. The main aim for my design was for it to be an aesthetically pleasing solution to socially distanced seating. The design drew inspiration from the propensity for hexagonal shapes in nature, which are incredibly strong. The angular qualities of the raised hexagons inherently lend themselves to defining social distancing boundaries since they are so uncomfortable to sit on. I believe the use of natural designs is extremely pertinent because nature is ultimately the source of the pandemic.

Materials and Manufacture Summary
The material that I used for this piece is Oak. Oak is a sustainable material and often associated with quality. The main reason for using Oak is because of its beautiful end grain, as the end grain is the main feature of my bench, I needed to pick a material with a strong end grain. Oak is also a very strong, hard and dense wood which are good properties when designing and making a bench. The Hexagons were machined on the spindle moulder in long lengths and then cut to size. To attach the hexagons together I glued and screwed each one, although some kind of jig could be designed to speed this process up.





@Davidchengfurniture
david_cheng16@hotmail.com
 
MANG
By Eugene Park
DeMontford University

Title and Brief Description
MÅNG Living and Working; A Single Space

Design Summary
MÅNG is a sofa designed to allow the clients to utilise the full potential for the limited space by sharing the function of relaxing and working in a single space.
When the working culture has changed to working longer hours or even overtime working at home, ergonomics and physical comfort becomes a crucial factor to consider. MÅNG is designed to deliver both relaxing and working postures in the best way for the clients.
The sofa can be easily transformed to a workstation by simply pulling the tabs and gently lifting the seats towards the back. Hidden rails located in the armrest will allow easy transformation to provide the working surface top.

Materials and Manufacture Summary
The wooden structure of the product is made with birch plywood that has been treated with oak wood veneer. Zink plated steel is used for the railings and for the support of the structure, which includes the mechanism.





@eugene_park_design_
eugeneparkdesign.com
parkeugene519@gmail.com
 
The Waves Lounger
By Finn Timmins
Plymouth University 

Title and Brief Description
‘The Waves’ Lounger is a steam bent lounger featuring simplistic bends reflecting the motion of waves.

Design Summary
The waves chair is a prototype piece of furniture that has been constructed with locally sourced green wood ash with a process of steam bending to create the designs shape. The brief for this project was to design simple but valuable furniture within four weeks.

Materials and Manufacture Summary
This design uses locally sourced green ash instead of kiln dried ash to radically reduce the environmental impact of the production from start to finish. The key manufacturing process is steam bending using custom and reusable jigs making this piece repeatable.




@finn_t.design
Finntimmins99@gmail.com
Little Feet Furniture
By Freya Dumbell
Nottingham Trent University

Title and Brief Description
LFF1 - A two-piece product that relieves issues associated with the storage of rain suits and wellies.

Design Summary
The LFF1 is a storage solution for nursery environments, that consists of a welly pod base (seat) and a peg archway. The two sections work harmoniously to encourage children to become more independent and responsible for their belongings.
Experience of working in a nursery and a passion for promoting children's learning and development inspired this project and influenced the design decisions. This navigated the product to be a functional piece that would encourage children to learn and develop by completing everyday tasks.
This project focused on relieving issues associated with the storage of rain suits and wellies in nursery environments. Many nurseries have limited space for hanging clothes up, and so when rain suits are taken off, they are often difficult to dry. This product aimed to offer a suitable space for children to hang and store their belongings after they have been outside, whilst efficiently using the available space.

Materials and Manufacture Summary
The LFF1 is made up of plywood and Formica faced plywood.
The whole design can be cut on a CNC router, and therefore the use of plywood was beneficial as it required no additional processing and keeps the overall cost down whilst maintaining an admirable aesthetic.
Formica faced plywood was used for the sections that would be subjected to water damage from wet rain suits and wellies. Therefore, the laminate protects the wood, allowing it to be used effectively, easily wiped dry and cleaned. Additionally, Formica allows for the product to have a pop of colour to the nursery setting.





@fdumbell_design
freyadumbell.wixsite.com/my-site
freyadumbell@gmail.com
 
ME sTOOl
Group Project
Chelsea School of Art

Title and Brief Description
ME sTOOl is a set of four multi-functional stools.

Design Summary
This design emerged from a live brief -to design and make a functional chair responding to the aspirations and needs of the users of the Stockwell Park Estate Community Centre.
Initially we designed a four-person rocking chair. However, the chair would be too heavy to be transported. Also, we realised Covid-19 social distancing would be impossible for this design.
Eventually the concept became four stools, they are playful in appearance and can be seated still or rocked. Lightweight and with a convenient handle the stools are easy to move around. Enabling the users to arrange the position of stools when they want to sit together.
Normally rocking chairs have backrests and armrests which limit the position of users when sitting, these kinds of chairs also take up a lot of space. However, ME sTOOl can be sat on from each side and can be nested for space saving storage.

Materials and Manufacture Summary
We decided to use Formica laminated plywood as the main material, it is a durable material, and Its surface is waterproof. However, the edges of the sheet are matte which can absorb the liquid, so we varnished them with gloss finish to prevent staining in use.
For the manufacturing processes, we made the precise templates of 1:1 scale stools in Adobe Illustrator and printed them as a guide for cutting. Later, we engraved our symbol on the wood sheet with the CNC machine. Finally, we assembled each part by hand and power tools.





@maamaalen

c.vijitpongpun0220191@arts.ac.uk 
m.coman0820201@arts.ac.uk 
r.qian0720191@arts.ac.uk 
y.zhang0320203@arts.ac.uk 
y.chen0420195@arts.ac.uk


 
Wave Cycle
By Harry Peck
Northumbria University

Title and Brief Description
'Wave Cycle' is a sustainable plastic 5 piece furniture range made from recycled surf and body boards.

Design Summary
It is estimated that every year 16,000 cheap, polystyrene bodyboards are abandoned on UK beaches often after a single use. The design and manufacturing process is committed to supporting and celebrating environmentalism within the surfing industry. Each piece is made from 4 different parts which all are flat pack constructed. If parts get broken, they can easily be replaced and recycled again, celebrating the use of circularity. The components pack up into a small box size. The proposal is a sustainable furniture range from broken bodyboard and surfboards, which reduces the amount of surf related product sent to landfill and contributes to the journey of achieving cleaner oceans. The aim is to: - Raise awareness and reduce the effect that the sport of surfing has on the local environment. - Providing a circularity system for the old or damaged components to be recycled repeatedly. - Turning into a short life material and into a product that will last a generation.

Materials and Manufacture Summary
This process also provides a recycling solution to the waste within short life polystyrene packaging foam. Through taking a short life material and increasing the longevity in the form of a long-life piece of furniture that is part of a circular manufacturing system, it highlights innovation. The Wave Cycle Furniture range aims to reduce as much waste during the manufacturing process. Innovation is highlighted in the process as the entire range of furniture requires only four moulds and reduces the cost of tooling moulds.




@harrypeckstudio
Harry.will.peck@gmail.com
Synergy
By Ines Munday
Plymouth University 

Title and Brief Description
Synergy is a desk, that includes stand-up working and portability of your work through incorporation of the Synergy work bag.

Design Summary
Synergy Desk System has biophilic and sustainable design principles embedded throughout its function and aesthetics. It has space for plants, diffused lighting and mobility in and for working, with its backpack holdall and stand-up working lectern space. Also promoting changes in posture while working, delivering active mobile work ethics in well-being principles, while also encouraging creative collaborations and reflection through a calm and relaxing multi-use space.   These times have highlighted the need for re-thinking the balance needed between home and office working. Coupled with an estimated £15 Billion/year cost to the UK economy, through presenteeism, Synergy shows how the spaces we work in can deliver more, for a more balanced and healthier lifestyle, as a mindful, dynamic desk space with organic shapes and natural materials. Effectively delivering a workspace that cares for you, while you deliver the work you care about.  Sold through iDesign. Full rights retained by designer. 

Materials and Manufacture Summary
Desk body and legs are made from Oak, as it is relatively abundant, hardwearing and visually appealing, and due to the rising cost of Ash. The divider is made from glass and consideration has been given to the linked safety legislation involved with the use of glass, such as BS:7376, BS:7449 & EN1474. Glass is manufactured with this considered already, so it is not an onerous material to use. The lectern and pen pot are both made from laminated wood.  These elements can easily be put together at location with the use of Pozidriv Countersunk Steel Woodscrews.






@inescapablejourney
https://youtu.be/r4wmxBwqtm4
www.inescapable.co.uk
ines.munday@students.plymouth.ac.uk
HUDL
By Jack Buttling
Nottingham Trent University

Title and Brief Description
HUDL – HUDL is a multifunctional seating and table system for multipurpose or multiuse spaces within the youth hostel environment.

Design Summary
HUDL is designed for multifunctional spaces within youth hostels which are often used for multiple uses such as socialising, yoga or cookery lessons. HUDL is made up of a bench / table with four floor seated chairs, the bench and seats can be used in two main configurations. The table can be used to gather round and socialise with the four chairs sat around it in a casual informal style. Alternatively, if the space is required for another activity, the seats can be arranged on the top and underneath the table to form a bench seat around the edge of the space, the chairs can be placed on the bench in any configurations to create either private or social seating. The aim of the design is to encourage socialising and meeting but whilst having a practical design element for spaces limited on room.

Materials and Manufacture Summary
Ash and cork are the two chosen materials used in HUDL. Firstly, the combination of the light straight grained ash and the darker cork provides contrast giving the product a contemporary feel but whilst still remaining warm and inviting to the users.  Designed for longevity, ash was chosen as it can be sanded and reoiled as the product ages and wears as opposed to being replaced after a limited lifespan. The Cork layer that forms the cushioning of the seats removes the need for upholstery and follows the environmentally friendly nature of the product.





@jackbuttlingdesign
jackbuttling97@gmail.com
Brief 7
By Josh Chambers
Northumbria University

Title and Brief Description
Brief 7
This bench is the culmination of 6 prior design tasks, which in turn informed the details, joinery and processes involved.

Design Summary
Brief 7 is the product of 6 developmental process driven design tasks; each short design task sought to utilise whatever was available on the day during these uncertain times. This allowed me to stay productive and explore making processes no matter the circumstances in terms of workshop access or tools and material available. Each design from this series informed the details and workshop processes of Brief 7 by involving a successful design queue or process. With each element chosen by the previous briefs, the aesthetic was decided by how each detail could be coherently linked. However, I had decided early on that if I was to focus on the making, then the product needed to be utilitarian to not get caught up in exterior influences such as complex ergonomics, nationality, style in the way that a chair might.

Materials and Manufacture Summary
Following on in the theme of utility, Ash allowed me to be unsentimental because of material value, had I used walnut or something more expensive. Meaning I could create something which truly is made to be used. As the developmental tasks which came before made the most of whatever was available on the day, this bench was designed so that even without access to a vast workshop, it could have still been made, with relatively minimal and affordable tooling.




@rivamfg
jayychambers95@gmail.com

 
Offset table
By Matthew Robinson
Kingston University

Title and Brief Description
Inspired by welded nut and bolt components, the Offset table creates an ornamental outlook upon industrially manufactured furniture.

Design Summary
With the bolt welded slightly off centre on the organic shapes, each side table is unique once assembled. The thread of the bolt may start at any point, so neither the manufacture nor the consumer will know what direction the assembly will finish when put together. Within researching for this project, I have discovered an appreciation for everyday components. In doing so I wanted to create a piece of furniture that celebrated their value.

Materials and Manufacture Summary
Mild Steel was used for the top and bottom plate as well as the leg. This allowed a Stud welding gun to join a steel bolt off centre on the bottom and top plate. It also meant the capped end of the steel oval tube could be drilled and tapped into, allowing assembly to be simple and fast. Nylon washers were used in-between to prevent scratching between the components and Furniture glides are used under for floor protection. The whole piece is powder coated allowing the top surface to be interacted with whilst not chipping or wearing.





@matttrobo
mattrobinsonstudio.co.uk
mattrobinson98@icloud.com
 
Fortunate Mistake Cabinet
By Nyeisha Costley

London Metropolitan University

Title and Brief Description
DiSE: ash wood cabinet with a sustainable, galactic jesmonite door with a varnished ash wood handle.

Design Summary
The carcass of the cabinet is made from natural white ash wood with the door made from 12mm plywood. Being attracted to the sustained qualities of jesmonite, the door is covered in a marble effect jesmonite, that gives it a 3D galactic effect.

Materials and Manufacture Summary
Ash wood cabinet carcass with mitre joints to connect wood components together. The back of the cabinet was cut to size with a dimension saw. The jesmonite size with a dimension saw. The jesmonite door was made from plywood covered in jesmonite. Traditional brass hinges were also used.




@nythedesigner
nyeisha.costly@live.co.uk

Inemuri
By Saw Kok Ian

Plymouth University 

Title and Brief Description
Inemuri, one table designed for workplace wellness through distraction prevention and napping permissions.

Design Summary
Workplace can be stressful and lead to fatigue and sleep deprivation, especially during COVID-19 where the home doubles as the workplace. Napping during work is proven to help with productivity and creativity.
Bean-shaped table creates an envelopment that soothes and comforts user. With the dome up, the table provides a private space for napping to recharge or to simply remove distractions around. The dome's angle is adjustable to provide a choice of privacy. The dome allows diffused light that aids sleep while not completely isolating the user.
Understanding that napping is not common/acceptable in Western culture, the table presents its own presence within the environment, not looking to be blended in but to give itself and the user the permission and choice to take a nap.

Materials and Manufacture Summary
Tabletop is AA grade Baltic Birch Plywood 20mm. High grade for furniture with light colour that is soothing. Shape can be CNCed or hand cut.
Dome border is same material as tabletop but laminated at angle.
Origami dome designed with Yoshimura pattern in semi-rigid coated polyester triangular sheets reinforced in the folding edges. This is based on existing design by Ricardo Mariano's 2015 origami tent. Dome material attached with M6 screw onto dome border.

Hairpin legs are die casted for filled and heavier properties that balances dome.
Overall light wood and white colours help create a warming and comfortable space that aids anxiety and fatigue at work while helping allow users to nap.





@sawkokian
sawkokian99@gmail.com

BamPack Table
By Toby Andruskevicius
Manchester Metropolitan

Title and Brief Description
BamPack - A pair of sustainable, flat-packed, bamboo coffee tables, constructed without the use of toxic adhesives or mined metals.

Design Summary
The concept is aimed at tackling fast furniture and bringing more awareness to areas most affected by deforestation. I believe this product has viable commercial potential and by using a similar blueprint of construction and design method, can be upscaled into a wider variety of furniture.  The marquetry patterns are inspired by aerial shots taken via Google Earth of areas of deforestation and bauxite mines, where they extract aluminium, the main metal used in the furniture industry. I took these locations and coordinates and spent time finding them on google earth. Once I found the locations, I looked for land that had an interesting surface texture/pattern to it and positioned the camera height and angle to capture screenshots of earth that I believed carried a strong narrative and potential for an interesting tabletop pattern that would make the user wonder why the piece existed, providing its owner with a topic for discussion and story.

Materials and Manufacture Summary
Using a CNC machine to complete a majority of cutting, I would try to come up with a clever way of joining three legs to a tabletop without the need for any other materials, screws, or glue. I came up with a method of securing the legs to the edge of the table by having them pinching inwards from the outer edges. Central locking triangular pieces sit on the underside of the table securing the three legs together via a small dowel and making the table more structurally sound.





@tobiasdesign_
toby23799.wixsite.com/tobiaspetras
toby23799@gmail.com
RowR
By Wiktor Topczyj
Ravensbourne University

Title and Brief Description
RowR - Discreet home workout solution.

Design Summary
Design is minimalistic and inspired by Scandinavian style. I have created it to address the problem which is lack of space to workout at home. My design is a multifunctional blanket chest with a built-in incline workout bench and rowing machine. I wanted to create something low profile that could blend into many interiors and not exactly scream workout equipment to anyone who looks at it. To achieve that I used natural cork as a padding instead of standard foam and vinyl combination. Considering users who are limited by their living space, whole furniture piece can stand up right if needed to take up less space and thanks to built-in wheels it is easy to manoeuvre.

Materials and Manufacture Summary
The main body is built out of 18mm Baltic birch plywood as it is strong and stable which is crucial for smooth operation of the rowing seat. Seat itself slides on a CNC'd rail which also works as an incline indicator for workout bench functionality. Padding for the seat is made from natural cork which is durable and gives plenty of support to users during workout.




w.topczyj@students.rave.ac.uk
 
Marine Light
By Yuling Liu
Kingston University

Title and Brief Description
A light that simulates the shape of marine life and uses recycled marine waste as the material.

Design Summary
Inspired by the different phenomena between light and materials, I experimented with nylon nets and got stripes that looks like the shape of marine life. That reminds me about ocean plastic wastes. There are square rings on both end of stripes. People can change the shape into what they want by bending stripes and changing positions of stripes. Because the unique way of assembling, every light it unique. The light will get different effects with different bulbs such as warm white bulb and cool white bulb and every aspect of it is different. The fabric with random folds looks like the body of sea life and the wires look like the vein. I found a material that has been recycled from ocean plastic pollution. I hope the light could remind people the serious situation of ocean plastic pollution through the combination of marine shape and ocean plastic.

Materials and Manufacture Summary
The light uses material recycled from ocean plastic waste. The outlook of light is inspired by the marine life. I hope the combination of outlook and material could remind people of the ocean pollution and protect the environment. For the manufacturing process, I designed a part to hold stripes together. It's an iron part consisting of a ring and many bars. There are square rings on both ends of stripes. People could adjust positions and tightness of the light so they can get the effect they want.
 



yulingliu881@163.com
 
Camper Box
By Zac Brewer
Plymouth University 

Title and Brief Description
Camperbox is box that folds out into a double bed and kitchen for use when camping.

Design Summary
CamperBox is a self-contained camper van conversion allowing the user to cheaply convert their van into a functional camping space. The idea was to propose an alternative to the popular but expensive complete conversion that removes the useful functionalities of the van.

Materials and Manufacture Summary
Made using 18mm plywood because it is strong and durable, plus it lends itself to CNC manufacturing.





@designer_zac
www.zacmakes.co.uk
zac_brewer@hotmail.com
 
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