KLC competition

We have been lucky to work with many KLC School of Design alumni over the years, specifying our furniture in their projects. KLC’s core values of innovation, creativity and integrity mirror our own, and we have always been impressed by the high calibre of design talent from KLC graduates.

Earlier this year we invited students from the Diploma course to design a console table for Tom to consider. The brief was that the console table designs should stick to Tom’s ethos of clean lines, and distinctive, good design, using quality materials. The piece must also be practical as well as beautiful. Applicants were encouraged to take inspiration from anything around them – nature, architecture, machinery, and to look at what may have been lacking in the Tom Faulkner range.

We were so impressed by the quality of students’ work, as well as the research and exploration that has gone into each entry.

Tom, Matthew and Nigel review the entries


KLC winner Amy Tsao's 'Unity' design
‘Unity’ console table design by Amy Tsao

On 4th March Tom had a Zoom with the students and announced Amy Tsao as the winner, with her design ‘Unity’. Tom says:

I especially liked this table for it’s distinctiveness, its boldness, and its sculptural qualities. It is also very simple, and in my opinion beautiful. Amy’s sketchbook was fantastic and she followed her idea through from inspiration to final product very coherently and thoughtfully. Her original idea was distilled, into something very strong.

The inspirations – drawn from events of the last year – were interesting and there was a nice story about pride, defiance, hope, and diversity. The final table echoed these ideas – it actually looks defiant and hopeful. And there was a boldness on Amy’s part in going for something so simple in the end, and letting the design speak for itself!

The students’ entries

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