Monday 17 August 2015
Power tool manufacturer Makita UK has helped to mark the celebrations at the annual Art and Design Show at Bucks New University by presenting awards to students. The company presented the Makita Award for Excellence of Design combined with Excellence of Craft 2015 to a winner and two runners-up from the School of Design, Craft & Visual Arts at the University. The award criteria included intelligent application of creative thinking; appropriate use of materials and processes and skills in the execution and manufacture of the product.
Judged by Ray Wilby, Makita's senior trainer, awards were made to several talented Furniture students: Jacob Underwood took first place for his final three pieces, which were all live briefs set by the companies Argos, John Lewis and Ercol. Jacob's 'Bike away' is an ash (Fraxinus excelsior) and bent steel multi-functional communal bike storage unit; 'Lapso' is a portable office system for small living areas that features a bent steel frame with a sliding walnut (Juglans spp.) surface, which reveals a removable leather satchel; and, for a design brief and competition set by Ercol, Jacob designed a modern-day stackable dining chair suitable for production in the Ercol factory in Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire. Jacob won the competition and Ercol made his design into three prototypes. He was presented with a gift voucher for Â£600 worth of Makita power tools.
A runner-up prize was presented to Furniture student Wesley Cripps for a steam-bent chair from English ash and elm (Ulmus procera); a modern reincarnation of an altar table, with a steel underframe and a dovetailed draw; and a home office portable storage/work unit made from veneered CNC-cut ply and perforated steel. Wesley received gift vouchers for Â£300 worth of Makita tools. Juwon Seo, studying Furniture, was highly commended for her nest of tables to present the context of current domestic life; a new type of wall storage, which can have everyday objects stored on it using elastic cord and plywood; and a desk known as 'Work Nest', which has a house-shaped wooden frame and soft furnishing accessories.
Makita's sponsorship package at Bucks New University has included equipping workshops with Makita power tools, which are available to all degree course students. The students exhibited alongside courses, including Advertising Creative, Engineering Management, Fashion Design, Fine Art, Foundation Studies: Art, Design and Media, Furniture Conservation and Restoration, Graphic Arts, Interior and Spatial Design, Mechanical Engineering Design, Product Design, Textiles and Surface Design and MA Art and Design Practice.
Contact: Buckinghamshire New University
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