Firstly, I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who applied for this year’s bursary. More than twice as many people applied this year, and the quality was absolutely outstanding – so thank you for all the thought, effort, hard work, creativity (and all-nighters!) that went into making our jobs as the judges very difficult indeed!
Without further ado, I am absolutely delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2014 confessions of a design geek Bursary – in no particular order…
Nancy Straughan. We were struck by Nancy’s beautifully understated colour palate, her genuinely Scandinavian influences (if you’ve ever driven through Swedish countryside you’ll know what I mean) and her commitment to using sustainable and eco-friendly materials. “I focus on combining classic sophistication with uncompromising attention to detail, making a product that will last for years,” says Nancy. More info>>>
Taz Pollard. The panel was immediately captured by Taz’s truly distinctive designs and her bold use of colour and materials. Inspired by a broad range of historical influences, she has created something utterly contemporary. Taz says: “My pieces offer a fantastic way of introducing colour into the home with accent pieces without having to change the entire interior of your home.” More info>>>
Fanny Shorter. The inner geek in every member of the panel (not just me!) was drawn to the natural science and classification diagram influences on Fanny’s work. We were also inspired by her love of the vagaries of the print process and her commitment to ethical production. “I have a strong belief in the beauty of the hand-made and maintaining a connection with a product,” says Fanny. More info>>>
Keith Varney. We all loved the simple yet geometric form of Keith’s vases. We also admired his love for the making process and the intelligent balance his product range strikes between the commercial and the creative. Keith says: “I have a deep need to make and enjoy becoming completely lost and absorbed in the process.” More info>>>
Annabel Perrin. Annabel’s graphic designs and midcentury colour palette captured the panel’s imagination. Her products are inspired by and made in Britain. “I love the aesthetic appearance of architecture – the structures, patterns, outstanding features and light reflections. The stories and memories behind each landmark also intrigue me,” says Annabel. More info>>>
So, now it’s over to you. Only one designer can win the bursary, which includes a stand a Home London, their product stocked at the Southbank Centre Shop, a photo shoot and film shoot, mentoring from seven industry experts and more – a once in a lifetime opportunity worth over £10,000. Vote for your favourite designer below – and don’t forget to spread the word on twitter using #coadgbursary.
Voting is open until 23.59 on Wednesday 27th November 2013 and the winner will be formally announced on Thursday 28th November. Good luck!
With special thanks to the confessions of a design geek bursary judging panel: Julia Galbraith and Ian Rudge from Home London, Adam Thow from the Southbank Centre Shop, David and Louise Gorrod from Seen PR, Mark Hampshire and Keith Stephenson from Mini Moderns, and Jo Robinson from HAM – and of course thanks to all the other bursary partners as well: wallunica, Yeshen Venema, R&A Collaborations, Decorum, October Communications, The Design Trust and Jessica Hogarth.