THE SCHOOL AWARD SHORTLIST
The passion for making starts at school. We want to nurture this creativity, reward it, to ensure these talented makers continue their studies in design and making. All the shortlisted entries here are from young school-age makers.
Wire Form Table
By Abigail Treagust
Ipswich High School

Teachers Testimonial
I really liked the blend of materials that the student used to create a design that had very light legs and a solid design. There was a lot of complexity in the design of the joining brackets, but the overall design drew the eye in and was finished to a high standard. I was pleased with what she had been able to achieve through a difficult year 

Student’s Testimonial
My table is inspired by a sculpture I saw on a trip to Houghton Hall which I used similar shapes in my final product. I developed the design to have a hole in the middle so objects could be stored inside.


Spiral Seating Structure
By Annabel Harris
Ipswich High School

Teacher’s Testimonial
The design and form of this piece has very pleasing aesthetics that showcases the hard work and skills of the student in what has been a very challenging year. She has met her brief well and the final execution and finish to the piece is a beautiful piece of design.

Student’s Testimonial
Inspired by the gardens at Houghton Hall, I designed a structure which aims to connect people together by creating a communal space. The structure encourages interactivity and as the design is modular, it can also be changed to suit the user and the available space. The spiral form mirrors the golden ratio found in nature and shows the connection between nature and humans. The structure is designed for an inside space, acting as a centrepiece. The centre of the structure makes use of a plant pot which allows flowers and plants to grow from the centre, as well as vines growing around the frame of the structure, bringing the outside in. This creates better oxygen flow, absorbs toxins and carbon dioxide as well as creating a calmer atmosphere reducing stress. Each spiral in the main frame is steam bent to achieve a perfect curve, forming a spiral shape. The circular seating is built in modular quarters, so it can either be one bench or individual seats to adapt depending on the surrounding space. Once put together the elements form a functional and elegant design. It would be a great opportunity if I were to win the school design prize, as it will allow me to gain further insight into the furniture industry and allow me to progress with my career in design.



 
Sign Themed Ash Side Table
By Archie Norman
John Hampden Grammar School

Teacher’s Testimonial
This student returned to school in June to undertake a practical bridging course in preparation for studying A level Product Design in September. I was impressed by the simplicity of the tabletop design that was inspired by an “Underground” sign.


Screen Light
By Barnaby Keen
Orwell Park School

Teacher’s Testimonial
Barnaby's screen light is a fun idea for a screen that can divide up an area and provide an ambient glow that could be used to read by. It is well constructed and is of an ambitious scale.

Student’s Testimonial
I chose to make my design to make a practical and good-looking solution to converting stage electronics from the public eye. My design was inspired by fences and winning the prize would give me confidence to develop it.


Bubble Themed Ash Side Table
By Ben Mullan
John Hampden Grammar School

Teacher’s Testimonial
This student returned to school in June to undertake a practical bridging course in preparation for studying A level Product Design in September. Ben found a number of pieces of acrylic rod and accurately drilled holes in his tabletop to create this stunning effect.


Spiral Table
By Florence Wilks
Ipswich High School

Teacher’s Testimonial
This was a design we were really pleased with the final outcome; its overall appearance drew the eye to the centre with its natural spiralling legs. The student made a specific effort to maintain a visual centre to preserve the aesthetics achieved. They worked hard to maintain and achieve their brief and this is a stunning piece of design from a GCSE student.

Student’s Testimonial
My table is inspired by a sculpture I saw on a trip to Houghton Hall which I used similar shapes in my final product. I developed the design to have a hole in the middle so objects could be stored inside.


Multi Functional Wine Rack
By Harvey Vincent
Windsor Academy Trust

Teacher’s Testimonial
I chose Harvey for their commitment to their design work throughout the Covid lockdowns and school return, even though they knew they would never realise their designs they continued to work hard on solving their clients’ problems and producing excellent design solutions.

Student’s Testimonial
A brief overview of my design work would be during my design and technology coursework for GCSEs I was challenged to design a multifunctional product. I designed a wine rack which had internal plus external storage, it was designed to hold the average sized wine bottle and the averaged sized wine glass as well as holding anything else that needed to be stored such as chopping boards and any other kitchen products. I chose to make this piece of furniture because it can be small and compact and can be designed in any way to fit into minimized spaces in smaller homes. The process I went through when designing the product was making sure I was aware of existing products and seeing what they did not have and how I could improve them, and I used that as my foundation on this project. 


 
Iglu
By Jonathan Strutt
John Hampden Grammar School

Teacher’s Testimonial
Jonathan worked through a wide range of initial design concepts (including upcycling scrapped cars) before designing the iglu. This is an outdoor piece of furniture to enable “bubbles” to attend outdoor performances in a Covid-safe manner.


Side Table with Wireless Charger
By Logan Foster
John Hampden Grammar School

Teacher’s Testimonial
This student returned to school in June to undertake a practical bridging course in preparation for studying A level Product Design in September. Logan undertook additional work on his tabletop to incorporate a wireless phone charging unit. This involved some very precise sawing, sanding and routing.


Games Table
By Lucy Caver
Elizabeth Woodville School

Student’s Testimonial
I chose to make this project because I wanted to make something that would be both useful and fun to use. My project is a coffee table with a labyrinth maze on the inside where you can turn the maze using the dowels. As soon as I had my idea, I started designing out how I could make it work and look so that the table looks professional. I would be very delighted to win the prize.



 
River Themed Ash Side Table
By Luke Harrison
John Hampden Grammar School

Teacher’s Testimonial
This student returned to school in June to undertake a practical bridging course in preparation for studying A level Product Design in September. Luke made the brave move to cut his tabletop in half and experiment with coloured resin to create a “river themed” table.


Mahogany inlaid Ash Side Table
By Max Rose
John Hampden Grammar School

Teacher’s Testimonial
This student returned to school in June to undertake a practical bridging course in preparation for studying A level Product Design in September. Max has used a straightforward design detail to very good effect to enhance the look of the table.


Flower and Vase Table
By Megan Rowledge
Ipswich High School

Teacher’s Testimonial
I really liked the innovative use of lights, recycled and organic materials, to produce a table that illuminated the space it was in with the subtle lights under the bottles, the refractive nature of water and the splashes of colour that the flowers complemented the shape of the table. It was a very well thought out piece that was completed to a high standard especially considering the difficult year.

Student’s Testimonial
My table was inspired by the idea of reusing materials as well as one of Henry Moore’s sculptures.



 
Leaf Shelving
By Molly Palmer-Tomlinson
Orwell Park School

Teacher’s Testimonial
Molly's Leaf Shelving is a beautifully organic design inspired by the leaf shape and to hold plants. It is really well constructed on an ambitious scale.

Student’s Testimonial
My design is based on leaves, and it is made out of oak. It took me 20hours to build and sand.

Tambour Door Unit
By Noah Samson
Stowmarket High School

Teacher’s Testimonial
Noah's passion and hard work has resulted in a stunning piece of furniture.  Noah has dedicated many, many hours to this product and has achieved a superb the final product single-handedly with no support from myself.  He has shown flair and expertise beyond his years, and I believe his piece should be considered for displaying at the YFM exhibition.  I am very proud to have taught such a brilliant young man. Well done Noah!

Student’s Testimonial
When coming up with my design I wanted an aspect that would make it stand out from the crowd and make on lookers ponder at the design and wonder how it works. Therefore I decided on using the tambour doors within the piece, consisting of 110 slats. I had numerous attempts at making small mock-ups of how the doors would work and struggled at first achieving the accuracy required to allow for a smooth run but after finalising the curved routed grooves (which are not circular) I manged a pretty good job. I am ecstatic that my teacher has entered me into the YFM competition because I remember going to the exhibition in London in 2019 to look at all the amazing work and to be entered into such a prestigious event is an honour.



 
Multi Functional Coffee Table
By Noah Taylor
Windsor Academy Trust

Teacher’s Testimonial
I chose Noah for their commitment to their design work throughout the Covid lockdowns and school return, even though they knew they would never realise their designs they continued to work hard on solving their clients’ problems and producing excellent design solutions.


Pine and Resin Ash Side Table
By Oliver McDowell
John Hampden Grammar School

Teacher’s Testimonial
This student returned to school in June to undertake a practical bridging course in preparation for studying A level Product Design in September. Oliver brought in a pine log cut from a tree in his garden and created an attractive tabletop. The ash frame was created with traditional mortice and tenon joints.


Capacity
By Oliver Stiff
University College School

Teacher’s Testimonial
Oliver has worked exceptionally hard in these turbulent years. He has shown dedication and resourcefulness, while working with a resilient mind-set. His product is not only beautiful, but also reflects the philosophy of the design and technology department of the school - minimal does not mean easy. He has carried out an extreme amount of research and produced plenty of iterations to produce this lovely and working outcome that could go straight in the lobby or reception area of a hotel or restaurant. It would be an honour for his work to be nominated for the prize.

Student’s Testimonial
Inspired by the desire to create a versatile structure which would impact the viewer visually but emotionally, I created a light structure which distorts and creates a spectrum of colour within a setting that it is placed in. The lights primary component is the use of dichroic film, which is a material invented by NASA in the 1950s that has a special optical coating meant to reflect certain wavelengths of light while letting others through. The lighting structure is an accumulation of squares, placed with an arbitrary decision, to create an abstract geometrical aesthetic, which comes to life when sunlight hits its surfaces. In contrast, the central component of the structure, is a cylindrical light, which allows the product which would impact the viewer visually but emotionally, which came from the study of how colour effects emotion. Examples of this come from psychological effects, biological conditioning and cultural imprinting. Moreover, the creative process of my product, can be rooted from designer influences, my interests in light manipulation and the impact of design in different environments. I think it would be a massive achievement to win this competition, but I am very grateful for being given this opportunity to enter.



 
Cocoon
By Oscar Tangen
University College School

Teacher’s Testimonial
Oscar is an exceptional student of Design Technology. He is perceptive, sharp and quick thinking and has demonstrated a clear understanding of the skills required for a future in design. Oscar embraces new design briefs with enthusiasm, taking a creative and thoughtful approach to every stage of the iterative process. Oscar's ability to independently explore ideas, materials and processes has enabled him to produce some intricate and creative solutions for his design briefs and the work that he produces is of a consistently high standard. During his time at UCS, Oscar has developed impressive CAD skills, notably Fusion 360, allowing him to manipulate and take full advantage of modern manufacturing processes. The design of his product was thought through exceptionally well, solving multiple problems as once. He even made his own paper for use throughout his project! Not only does the finished product look good but it also works. He has spent hours and hours coding the software and soldering the components to make it all work. He is an extraordinary designer and visionary.

Student’s Testimonial
Environmental conscientiousness remains at the very front of everything that I do. I feel responsible to act and practise creating with as much focus on my sustainable footprint as possible. This year, I set out to push myself in a slightly more novel way. I questioned what is the biggest issue that society faces today; and among the plethora I identified, I chose to focus on complacency. Complacency is a mindset which prevents us from progressing forward and driving change - and while it's a difficult one to address, a place to start is by assessing what keeps us in our comfort zones. For many, myself included, a big contributing factor to this procrastination is our phones.



 
Bar Keeper
By Sam Newbury
John Hampden Grammar School

Teacher’s Testimonial
Sam has worked tirelessly on his Year 13 Product Design portfolio throughout two difficult lockdown periods. He was not able to realise his final design in the school workshop due to time restrictions but did spend his time wisely mastering Fusion 360. The iterative design process has been thoroughly examined through this project.


Ash, Resin and shark tooth table
By Thomas Lanigan
John Hampden Grammar School

Teacher’s Testimonial
This student returned to school in June to undertake a practical bridging course in preparation for studying A level Product Design in September. Thomas used resin to embed a giant shark tooth into the centre of his tabletop. This took time, care and precision. The overall construction of the table is excellent.


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