"The decline in the use of tools and level of manual skill has made our relationship with with objects more passive".

MA Furniture Design Show 2013 High Wycombe Bucks

Just before Christmas I had the pleasure to visit a preview of the MA Furniture Design Graduate Show from the University of High Wycombe (UK).

UK Young Furniture Designers – Graduate Show

High Wycombe is an active town in Buckinghamshire just less than an hour from West London and  the history of furniture design is much linked to the history of this town. From 19th century High Wycombe chairmakers made this market town the capital of the world. The Windsor chair was the most famous product of the trade.

Today the local University is carrying on the tradition offering a highly inspiring MA course in Art & Design, Furniture Design, Product Design, Conservation of Furniture which always attracts the attention of furniture design brands, prestigious names like Lago, Ercol, Vitra, to name a few.

Here for you a few selection of young furniture designers to keep an eye on:

Ester Comunello

“The decline in the use of tools and level of manual skill has made our relationship with with objects more passive”.

We liked: The clever and simple assembly process becomes an aesthetic

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Michael Charlton 

 “Viable, simple, fun, logically designed and made, batch produced products, built from the most sustainable materials, bamboo.”

We liked: The wood grain of bamboo is exalted in Michael Charlton furniture, elegant and practical home accessories for everyday life.

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 Linn Narane

“The furniture can be built and transported easily whenever on the move…The pieces are only partially manufactured and and are intended to be completed with those vernacular materials collected or found.”

We liked: Gorgeous copper accessories of finest beauty

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Rowena Dodd

“Traditional, conservative and pragmatic, yet also eccentric, subversive, innovative and witty. My designs have attempted to bring all these characteristics together…”.

We liked: The mirror and its clever and innovative counterweight movement.

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More designs…

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For your chance to meet and see next-generation furniture designers, Herman Miller have generously offered to host this year’s MA London Show at their prestigious showroom in Aldwych from Tuesday January 28th (preview 6-9pm) – Thursday January 30th 2014.