Bucks students at Vitra 12.01.08

Buckinghamshire New University’s MA furniture design and technology graduates will be exhibiting their work in Vitra’s showroom this month.

Among the work on show will be office furniture inspired by children’s drawings, an elegant chair for an old people’s home with a curved back that makes socialising easier, and a bench with moving backrests made entirely from reclaimed office furniture.

Andrew Preston designed a one-legged office stool that encourages workers to improve their posture, and Pawel Jasiewicz designed a dining table integrated with flat tiles that you eat off, eliminating the need for crockery.

Called “Who needs furniture? Maybe there’s already too much stuff? Maybe we should just stop?” the exhibition will be displayed at Vitra’s Clerkenwell showroom in north London. “All the students have picked up on the environmental issues – they are more hesitant to produce something now,” says course portfolio leader Lynn Jones. “We challenge them to be more careful, and think before they make something.”

The graduates’ work will be displayed from 22-24 January. Vitra has supported the MA course for five years now, providing tuition, work placements and its showroom for exhibitions.

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