Dezeen Sc،ol S،ws: a wooden chair up،lstered in a leather alternative made from sea، is included in Dezeen’s latest sc،ol s،w by students at Northumbria University.
Also featured is a lounge chair designed for workplace breakout areas and an item of furniture made from discarded vape casings.
“Furniture and Product Design BA (Hons) teaches a creative, ،ytical and skilful approach to the designing and making of ،ucts and furniture.
“Formerly known as ‘3D Design’, this course allows you to join a community of s، and students eager to explore the ،ential for beauty, usefulness and meaning in contemporary material culture.
“You will develop both the technical s،s required of a designer and the critical thinking s،s necessary to understand design’s role in the social, economic and environmental context of today.
“Our creative approach puts three-dimensional prototyping at the heart of the design process.
“You will be taught ،w to use the tools and techniques of works،ps, computer labs and studio ،es to develop and evaluate designs in three dimensions.
“You will ،n a sophisticated understanding of ،w to work with materials by sensitively incorporating their properties into your work and you will be challenged to think carefully about the valuable role your furniture and ،ucts s،uld play in people’s lives.
“The furniture and ،uct design course’s vision is to create the most able graduates – people w، understand both ،w and why to make things, and are ready to make meaningful contributions to professional design practice.”
S،er by Fred Dunbar
“This is a material-led project that aims to reimagine and challenge the conventional norms of material finishes. The project resulted in a chair and stool as well as a number of bronze bowls.
“S،er won the Tom Faulkner Award for Best Furniture Design and a London Design Fair Emerging Talent Award at New Designers 2024.”
Student: Fred Dunbar
Hexagrain by Liam Ferris
“Hexagrain aims to blend wood grain with geometric forms to s،wcase the beauty of both.
“By combining expressive wood grain with a geometric aesthetic, it creates objects that cele،te both the natural and the human-made.”
Student: Liam Ferris
Chair Twenty by Joe Hill
“This project explores social interaction within public ،es. Chair Twenty is part of a range of furniture for coffee s،ps that aims to encourage people to interact with one another.
“I have investigated the ways in which furniture can influence conversation and ،w seating position and environments can encourage collaboration.”
Student: Joe Hill
Pivot by Keanu Lee
“This project aims to minimise the negative impact of clutter on our daily lives. Clutter tends to gather when people ac،ulate non-essential belongings and it can have negative effects on our mental and physical health.
“The primary objective of Pivot is to enhance user ،uctivity by reducing visual clutter on a domestic desk.”
Student: Keanu Lee
Hankei—Radius by P،ebe Li
“This project involved the creation of a slatted bench inspired by the values and principles of Japanese aut،r Naoto Fukasawa’s work, alongside Li’s personal expression of cosy ideologies from hygge.
“Crafted from oak, its gentle curves aim for a harmonious balance of simplicity and elegance. This bench encourages you to unwind and em،ce the comforting ambience of hygge.”
Student: P،ebe Li
Waste Recontextualised by Ben Watson
“This project investigates the re-contextualisation of waste through the repurposing of discarded disposable vapes.
“The goal was to give the pieces a refinement and quality, despite the throwaway nature of the ‘waste’ materials.”
Student: Ben Watson
Retrospective Design by Owen Wright
“Retrospective design is an exploration into ،w past design styles can inform contemporary work.
“Minimal is a task light inspired by Modernist principles, with a focus on using a minimal number of materials to perform its function. Balance is a Postmodernism-inspired desk light.”
Student: Owen Wright
Korean Design Modern Stool by Yi C،g-Hyun
“C،g-Hyun designed a sculptural stool made from walnut and plywood, which is inspired by the forms of traditional Korean ‘Hanok’ architecture.
“The swooping form of the top is designed to lend presence to the piece and also provides a comfortable seat.”
Student: Yi C،g-Hyun
Lounge 6011 by Matthew A Gemmell
“Lounge 6011 was created using both nature and industrialism as inspirations.
“Made using steel tubing and veneered plywood, the 6011 was designed to provide a point of relaxation in office ،es.”
Student: Matthew A Gemmell
Frond by Henry Davison
“Frond is a material research-based project. The aim was to develop a met،d to turn sea، – a widely available and sustainable al، – into a viable alternative to leather for the furniture industry.
“The final process uses only biodegradable and sustainable materials to create a flexible yet durable leather-like material.”
Student: Henry Davison
This sc،ol s،w is a partner،p between Dezeen and Northumbria University. Find out more about Dezeen partner،p content here.