Student bags award in national furniture design competition

A University of Wolverhampton student has had a degree of success in a national furniture design competition.

Megan Broome, 21 from Wombourne, is studying for a degree in Product Design at the Wolverhampton School of Art and came second in the national Furniture Makers’ Company’s ‘Axminster Design and Make Competition’.

The Furniture Makers’ Company is the British furnishing industry’s charity which fosters and supports the industry by supporting those in need. Axminster is the number one supplier of tools and machinery to trade, industry, education and students.

The competition called for students to create a piece of innovative wooden furniture. Students from 20 Universities submitted designs and the long-listed final ten created their concept, with the materials being paid for by Axminster.

The final round of judging took place in April by industry experts including the Chairman of the Education Committee and the Editor of Furniture and Cabinetmaking Magazine.

Megan said: “Looking back at the Furniture Makers Company Competition project, I am pleased that I had this great opportunity and experience to be able to develop my design through to realisation.

“The project has helped me to apply the skills acquired on my degree course including CAD development, full scale technical drawing and wood lamination, which I have learnt over the years on my Product Design course at the University of Wolverhampton.

“Having opportunities like this has helped greatly towards my ambitions of becoming a designer. Being able to apply my skills and knowledge to this enjoyable project has given a great platform for me to be able to grow as a furniture designer.”

      

Megan won a £500 runner-up prize for her design.

The winning chair design will be on display at the Wolverhampton School of Art which opens in the George Wallis Building on Friday 8th June 2018.

Anyone interested in studying at the Wolverhampton School of Art should register for the next Open Day on Saturday 16th June 2018.

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