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Product & Furniture Design BA(Hons): Links with business and industry

John Lewis

First-year ceramics project in association with John Lewis PLC

Senior design manager at John Lewis, Tom Bentley said:

"Having heard so many positive things about the Product & Furniture BA(Hons) course at Kingston and seeing the great work on show at New Designers it was a privilege to get an insight into the thinking and process behind the final designs. I was really impressed with the products presented. Not just in terms of the concept and development, but also the quality of making and presentation skills.‬ Again, thank you for working with us on this project.‬‬"

John Lewis partnership

Second-year student furniture project with Head of Furniture at John Lewis.

Sam Labs

Live first year student "interactive" Project using Sam Labs innovative electronic modules to design behaviours and new forms of consumer interaction.

Open Desk

Internet based furniture manufacturer open desk set a group project with our year 1 students. Winning designs were presented at Open Desk's HQ in London. Final full-size prototypes are to be manufactured for exhibition and promotion.

Maybrey Reliance Foundry

Die and Sand Casting foundry Maybrey Reliance set an industry casting brief for our year 2 students. Final design components are to be prototyped and manufactured by the foundry.

Hay

Scandinavian lighting and furniture manufacturer Hay ran a lighting project exploring new materials and lighting artefacts.

Accoya Wood

Sustainable wonder wood manufacturer Accoya sponsored the course with three cubic metres of wood from their Dutch factory. The project, in association with Heal's, explored new wood products using this rot proof material.

Dixons Retail / Currys PC World

The Dixons Retail design team approached Product & Furniture Design at Kingston with a brief to reinvent the retail landscape of consumer products for Dixons.

Camira

Commercial fabric manufacture Camira funded an environmental project to explore new design outcomes inspired by its range of upholstery fabrics. Final design concepts were posted in competition form on the company website and voted on by the public.

Olympic project with New Balance

Students have undertaken a 10-week live project engagement with New Balance to design furniture for the New Balance Olympic hospitality suite at the Millbank Tower London.

The students drew inspiration from New Balance's current product line along with its 30-year history of making footwear in the UK to create unique furniture pieces for the suite. The students developed a series of challenging and thought provoking design proposals that explored the meaning of the New Balance brand as applied to furniture. Following a factory visit, the students gained inspiration for the furniture based upon the New Balance workers, the materials used to construct the shoes and the values of New Balance as a company.

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