Outdoor furniture manufacturer, Alexander Rose, has announced the winners of its inaugural student design competition.
Students on full-time undergraduate and postgraduate furniture and product design courses across the UK were invited to enter the competition for the chance to see their design put into production.
The winners are:
Gold: Matt Thompson from the University of Derby, who has been offered a five-year royalty fee with Alexander Rose on sales of his design and an all-expenses paid trip to the Alexander Rose factory in The Philippines to see his winning design put into production
Matt’s Gold winning design will be unveiled at Solex, which is taking place from 7-9th July at the NEC Birmingham.
Silver: Andrew Hodgson from London South Bank University, who has won an all-expenses paid trip to spoga+gafa in Cologne, Germany
Bronze: Krasimir Boshov from London South Bank University, who will be invited to the Solex outdoor furniture exhibition
The entries were judged by a panel of industry experts, including Alexander Rose’s managing director, Borge Leth, and head of design, Alan Morley; garden designer and Chelsea Flower Show Gold medalist, Diarmuid Gavin; and Jonathan Hindle FCSD from the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers.
The judges comment: “The process of selection was certainly a challenging one. Matt’s winning design was chosen for its elegance, practicality and Mad Men evocation of 1950’s modern mid-century theme reinterpreted in contemporary weave materials. Andrew’s entry was very well presented, and he brought an extra layer of style and prestige to a contemporary classic design. Krasimir’s sculptural piece embodies the power of furniture to create a strong visual statement in any setting.
“We congratulate the three winners, and also thank all the other students and universities who entered the Alexander Rose competition.”