Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Student winners at 2016 Furniture Show

Back L-R Hannah Malein (ColurHive), Joanna Cain (Tektura), Marlene Little (Deputy Head, School of Fashion and Textiles), Colin Gale (Head of School of Fashion and Textiles)
Front L-R Rosie Williams (Textiles Student), Hannah Trickett (Textiles Student), Julie Mason (Tektura), Jessica Boynton (Textiles student)

Just a quick update to the recent posts about this year's Furniture Show and the Birmingham City University Trends Stand.

At the industry/students event on Tuesday 26 January three textile students were recognised for their exemplary design skills.

Rosie Williams won the ColourHive  (formerly Global Color Research) award for best interpretation of the 'Strata' trend while Jessica Boynton took the ColourHive accolade for her work on the 'Play' trend.

Meanwhile Hannah Trickett, designer of the Shard wallpaper took the Tektura prize following voting by visitors to the show over two and a half days.


Hannah Trickett (left) with Julie Mason, Tektura


Jessica Boyton (left) with Hannah Malein, ColourHive

Rosie Williams (right) with Hannah Malein, ColurHive



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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Furniture award nomination for HF Contracts

Congratulations - and commiserations - to HF Contracts and designers David Rowe and Richard Snell. Their Cello Chair collaboration was nominated for a Furniture Industry Award at this year's Furniture Show at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre.

Furniture Awards 2016 Cello chair far left


While the design did not win, two of the chairs  have been attracting plenty of attention on the Birmingham City University stand at the Furniture Show. Their upholstery is designed by third year textile students from the University.

Richard Snell (left) and David Rowe on the Trends stand with HF Contracts Cello chair

The company,  HF Contracts, is an old friend of  Interiors & Lifestyle Futures, while Richard and David taught design at Birmingham City University as well as conducting research into postural seating among other interests. Interiors & Lifestyle Futures provided funding for the collaboration as well as advice, contract management and other support.

If you are visiting the show on 26 and 27 January, please do visit the stand and check out the chairs as well as other products featuring the skills of up and coming designers from Birmingham City University. (Stand F80, Hall2). 

Please note the Student/Industry awards, presented by global trends company Colourhive and wallpaper company Tektura take place at 2pm on Tuesday 26 January.


For another post about this year's Furniture Show please see here 



HF Contract Cello chairs
Tektura wallpaper 'Play' trend
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Friday, 15 January 2016

Next Maker Monday 25 January

 Maker Monday is back on 25 January for another exciting session - a 3D printing workshop from Charlotte Downs of Cinter Design.

In keeping with  the programme's ethos, Charlotte is both a technologist and creative who focuses on social good and sustainable production in her work.

As well as a short presentation, a 3D printer  will available for a hands-on session working through design and production techniques.


There will be the ever popular beer and pizza as well to fuel inspiration. Participation is free but booking is required here: Maker Monday

Maker Monday is an initiative, led by the Transforming the Region team at Birmingham City University. It aims to establish a maker community in Birmingham inspired by modern technologies.

Sessions take place at Birmingham Open Media and start at 5.15pm.



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