Thursday, 21 May 2015

"What colour! What imagination! What vibrancy!"

Brinton rug - award winning design by BCU's Amy Newman

And, just to prove it, here are some images from the Birmingham City University Trends stand at the recent May Design Series expo in London. It comprised two installations each interpreting a trend selected by GlobalColor Research

The work was a collaboration between third year textile students and companies, including a number of West Midlands businesses and Tektura Wallcoverings. The stand itself was designed by BCU architecture students.

David Roberts, Executive Dean from BCU's Faculty of the Arts, Design and Media, speaking at the event celebrated the achievement of all involved, adding "What colour! What imagination! And what vibrancy!"

The Tropic set featured chairs by HF Contracts and carpet by Brintons. Brink showcased work by mrfdesign ltd, Textiles by St Anne's, Tiled Space and Interface Flooring.

"Best of all though was the inspiring work produced by Birmingham City University"


The second day of the exhibition featured the hotly awaited student awards. Visitors had voted throughout for the best wallpaper design. Angela Paterson from Tektura presented Sarah Meredith with her prize and acknowledged the high standard of all the student wall covering designs.

Sarah Meredith and Angela Paterson from Tektura Wall Coverings

Hannah Malein from GlobalColor also admitted that her judging had been made very difficult by the level of expertise displayed in the student work. The prize for Tropic went to Amy Newman for her Brintons' rug design. Shuangyuan Zhang took the Brink award for her  mrf design's s230 Flare Chaise.

Shuangyuan Zhang, Hannah Malein Globalcolor Research and Amy Newman

Brink - ceramic tiles by Tiled Space - fabric ones by Interface Flooring

Brink - s230 Flare Chaise by mrf ltd with award-winning design by Shuangyuan Zhang
Tropic - chairs by HF Contracts on Brintons rug and award -winning wallpaper by Sarah Meredith

In their blog Global Color Research™ said: "May Design Series featured several well considered and inspiring shows within shows………. Best of all though was the inspiring work produced by Birmingham City University, taking our trends Brink and Tropic as inspiration for both installations and fabric samples; with superb results.”

And the ILF team Ruth Edwards, Kathryn Burns and Adrian Burns

Photographs by David Boynton

Follow @adrianilfutures

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

May Design Series London

The ILF team will be down in London 17-19 for the May Design Series at the ExCEL exhibition centre.  We'll be supporting three of our companies and Textile Design students from Birmingham City University.

So if any of our West Midlands companies are there, please call by stand BCU1. And, if that happens to be Monday afternoon (18 May) you'd also be welcome to join us for the the student awards session from 2pm.

The work of Tiled Space, Textiles By St Anne's and HF Contracts will feature on the stand, which showcases the skills of final year textile students.

'The Trends Project 2015 continues a long term strategic partnership with UBM Live, Global Color Research™ plus international digital wall covering manufacturer Tektura. It engages final year Textile Design students and associated academics with considerable industry and research experience to create two striking room sets showcasing news designs in response to Global Color S/S 2016 trends – Tropic & Brink. '

The ILF team, companies and students at the 2014 trends stand

May Design Series 

Follow @adrianilfutures

Friday, 1 May 2015

That was the event that was!

We thought it would be good but team ILF was bowled over by the  buzz yesterday (30 April) at  'Make it in the West Midlands - meet the manufacturer and grow your design potential'   - but we really must come up with snappier shorter titles!

Between 8.30 and 2.00 over 200  people visited the stands in Parkside Atrium and Shell. As well as the industry visitors many design students turned up to quiz the manufacturers and designers including a delegation of Year 10 pupils from Highclare School in Birmingham.

Without going all Oscar acceptance speechy, we owe a huge thanks to all the exhibitors who put in a supreme effort in from 7 in the morning until close of event at 2 in the afternoon. This was matched by our guest speakers who when not presenting held impromptu meetings with visiting companies and exhibitors.

For more about the exhibiting manufacturers see here. For the designers go here.  And, don't forget to check out our speakers Patricia van den Akker and Sheridan Chaffey.

Meeting the manufacturers and designers, BCU Parkside Building
Ed Nash from The English Leather Company

Mark Wood from Tiled Space

More picsMake it in the West Midlands photos

Some of the feedback

"One of the best organised exhibitions that we have been to in Birmingham. It's been great networking  with similar-minded people as well as learning about their making processes."

"Great event & really inspiring for our 1st year students currently exploring fabric concepts!"

"very interesting couple of hours, met some great companies so a big Thank You from me to the people responsible for organising the event"

"We thought it was brilliant for our students,  The talks also were very good for them - I think it hit home exactly what the course is preparing them for in the commercial world."

"Met a lovely chair company. Got a cheeky snap of my cushion on their rocking chair."

"A great opportunity to network and meet manufacturers under one roof. Great insight and useful tips from the speakers. Thanks to ILF for their continued support, such a lovely team."

Photography by Adem Ince, Birmingham City University student

Follow @adrianilfutures