Back at the end of 2019, Tom partnered with Nicola Burt Interior Design from KLC School of Design and the Southwark School Learning Partnership, to kick off the “Take a Seat” competition. The Tom Faulkner team are deeply passionate about nurturing the talent of the future and were thrilled to be involved in this project. The competition was open to all students of SSLP schools in years 10-12 to enter. They were tasked to create beautifully designed, ergonomically sound, sculptural and still functional chairs. In the run up to the competition, they were brought down to our Chelsea showroom, our Swindon workshop and had design sessions with Nicola Burt to really learn as much as they could about the design process. It was a fantastic way to see so many schools in the area work so seamlessly together.
I didn’t really know what to expect from the entries but was blown away by the quality of the designs I had to choose from. The level of detail, the thought and consideration behind every design element and the thorough explanations were truly outstanding. Picking a winner was not an easy task! – Tom Faulkner
The winning design was that of student, Anne-Elizabeth Sowah. Her design was largely inspired by her favourite design movement, Art Deco and the connection between her passion and the design is something that really resonated with Tom.
My inspiration comes from the ziggurat shape, often found in Art Deco architecture. The ziggurat, a stepped pyramid, is reflected in the leg of the chair, embodying what the Art Deco movement stands for. Taking part in the competition has honestly been a life changing experience for me and one that I will never forget. Winning the competition helped me to finally decide that I want to pursue a career in design and study architecture at university. The chair is also the inspiration for my final A-Level product, where I am going to be designing and making an accompanying piece to match. – Anne-Elizabeth.
Our Swindon workshop helped bring Anne-Elizabeth’s design to life and it is now on display at her school St Saviour’s and St Olave’s School until the summer.