Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Furniture commission opportunity - Jewellery Quarter

1000 trades is an independent craft bar due to open in the Jewellery Quarter in March 2016. The owners are keen to commission furniture particularly tables and chairs that celebrates craft in all its forms.

“This is an ideal opportunity for talented designers to showcase their work to a wide audience,” says co-owner John Stapleton

“We’ll credit all work and contact details can be affixed to items .We will of course pay for work but you will appreciate that we are working to a strict budget.”

The bar will seat approximately 50 people in total throughout. It will be split into two levels and food served will focus on casual dining.

Interested designers are welcome to visit the site on Frederick Street to get a feel for the new venue. The photographs below show the space as it currently exists before any redesign work.

Interior of Frederick St venue before redesign

·         The style of chairs may be varied as long as each offers a reasonable degree of comfort. In other words, no church pews.
·         Wood is the preferred material but happy to take other proposals.
·         Tables should be of a suitable height for dining/drinking. Likewise, chairs for sitting at those tables.
·         Re-conditioned furniture is fine. We will not be in a position to afford all commissions from scratch.
·         Everything needs to be quite hard wearing, and treated.

·         Two required to seat 6-8.
·         Several to seat 4 and several to seat 2.
·         Versatility is also desirable (space will have multiple uses).

Basic proposals
·         Brief description (example pics if possible).
·         Approximate dimensions.
·         Proposed fee.
·         Timescales.

For further information or to send proposals please email

Ground floor facing street before redesign
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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Furniture Show 24 - 27 January, NEC Birmingham

Textile students from Birmingham City University will soon be showcasing their innovative designs again. They will be at the January 2016 Furniture Show  bringing to life two room sets:  'Strata' and 'Play' will feature textiles, ceramics, lighting as well as wall and floor coverings. 

Their designs, in conjunction with West Midlands and other UK companies, reflect trends predicted by international industry experts Global Color Research Mix Publications. 

"We are delighted to have been offered stand space at the January Furniture Show," said Charmaine Stint, programme manager of the Institute For Creative Innovation at Birmingham City University.

"This is the main furniture industry trade event  in the UK - a great platform for our students to present their ideas to a key audience."

“We work with a range of industry partners and collaborators to provide pieces such as a chair which we will upholster using a specific student design. This makes it a more tangible end product for visitors to the show to see how trends can be interpreted into initial concepts and then taken forward into end designs. We also show a range of sample pieces from all of the students’ body of work."

BCU textile student Chloe baker's design for Brinton Carpets

Online registration for the January Furniture Show has already opened and visitors can see the list of exhibitors for 2016 and secure their free badge by visiting

Laraine Janes, co-director of the January Furniture Show added: “This is a great opportunity to see what some of the potential stars of the furniture future have got to say when it comes to home furnishings and interior designs. We are looking forward to seeing what is unveiled at the show.”

BCU textile students work in 2015 'Tropic'