words Anna Bates
Bucks Contemporary had another good year at New Designers – its furniture design graduates scooped up a couple of awards between them.
Besides Naoko Kanehira’s Cushion Sofa (featured earlier when she won the Habitat prize icon helped judge) we also liked James Patmore’s Armadillo dresser for men who don’t want to admit they groom. The piece is made of moveable wooden slats hiding a secret compartment for scents and lotions. Calum Joughin’s very simple Split shelf has a stray strip of wood to hang coats from, while the other sliced-in-half side, is great for wedging magazines.
James Plant picked up 100% Design’s prize with his Fold Away Dining Room. It might look like a Barratt-home wardrobe, but pull down the plank of wood and a table and two benches pop up.
We also liked Philip Hutfield’s mutating rectangular to hexagonal table – perfect for hosting, and Will Dowsett’s coffee table with a missing corner for the stool to live when it isn’t needed. Other notable exhibits included Holly Palmer’s tea-cup shaped stools and John Cloke’s armchair.
image above James Plant's Fold Away Dining Room
James Patmore’s Armadillo dresser for men
Calum Joughin’s Split shelf
Philip Hutfield’s mutating rectangular to hexagonal table
Will Dowsett’s coffee table with a missing corner for the stool
Holly Palmer’s tea-cup shaped stools