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Furniture & Product Design Portfolio 2018

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about myself


Nottingham Trent University BA Furniture Product Design 2015 - Present 1st/2nd year grade: 1st

Welding Mentorship

Trainee 1 month - March 2018 - Apr 2018

2MZ/Pluck - Internship Workshop Assistant 6 months - Jul 2017 - Jan 2018

NTU & Strate Collaboration.

A lighting project with a Parisian student 2017

Guru Nanak Mission Nottingham Food Prep & Serving for the Homeless 2016 - 2017

Barnardos - Volunteering Cashier & Floor Assisstant Summer 2014 / Summer 2015

Software Skills:



Exploring Steel

2MZ & Pluck Internship Workshop Assisstant

3. Woodimals





5. Memory Box



Magpie Light


Exploring Steel

Metal has a long history in the development and establishment of human civilization. Today it remains a common material in all aspects of life such as construction, medicine, technology, jewellery, art and furniture.




Under the mentorship of a local sculptor, I was taught some arc welding and given access to a pleura of scrap material, equipment and work space. I had total freedom for experimenting with techniques and form to make objects of interest.

Mild steel and stainless steel door knocker. Parts of the knocker will rust and age with time and exposure to the natural elements.

All these pieces were made from offcuts and scrap bits of steel. Their designs were developed through the process of making rather than through sketches and model making. Their design evolved along the way and became interesting objects of their own merit.

2MZ & Pluck Workshop Assistant 6 month Internship

2MZ is a London based specialist fabrication service that offers bespoke designs and a perfectionist finish. Their portfolio of work spans sculptures, exhibition installations, furniture, retail interiors, custom cut outs and residential kitchens with their sister company, Pluck.

My Role:

CNC operation and programming. Material prep and lamination. Hand finishing and assembly. Onsite installations. CAD drawings. Workshop organisation. Problem Solving for design solutions.

The variety of work meant there was no typical day. There was always something new to learn each project.

During my time as an intern, I was active in designing my own furniture from the offcuts I collected.

CNC Mustard Table I wanted to experiment with simple joinery that could be assembled fresh off the CNC bed.

Blue Cupboard I salvaged an unwanted kitchen carca into a cupboard. The mint interior, na corian top were also made from offcu

ass and converted it avy door and white uts.

Corian Coffee Table This small table utilises 5 different types of grey to create a geometric pattern.


Woodimals were inspired by the heritage of British craft. They are decorative wooden animals that are pleasant to handle. The theme of wildlife aimed to bring a little bit of nature into the home in a subtle and sentimental way.

Designed in association with




The idea originated from my personal bond with nature. Havin lifestyle with others revealed a disturbing disconnection betw were considered dirty and inconvenient, and animals were oft

The Woodimals aim to bring up the subject of nature into a home through natural materials and their simple animal shape. Common British wildlife creatures were chosen to form a patriotic pride of local and recognisable animals.

ng grown up in the countryside, wildlife interaction was an everyday thing. Comparing my ween many people and the natural world; particularly to those raised in cities. Natural elements ften perceived as scary or a polar opposite like a circus attraction.

The Woodimals are available in three different and responsibly sourced timber. Their designs bandsaw and disc sander.

There are five anima • Red fox • Doe (deer) • Rabbit • Hedgehog • Red Squirrel



hardwoods obtained from offcuts are simple and produced using only a

als in the collection:


The Donkey is a classic piece of furniture. It is historical in the early development of plywood throughout the decades since the late 1930s. Over 10 years on since the third edition of the Donkey model, it is ready for an update to suit modern living.

In conjunction with...




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Ergon Ross, 1939

Ernest Race, 1963

Shin & Tomoko Azumi, 2003

Isokon Plus carries on the legacy of the original brand and continues to produce their classic designs. Each year they offer NTU students the experience of a live project to be inspired to explore the makings of functional furniture.

Plywood is a vital essence of the donkey.

This project involved intense modelling development.

CNC layout_8x4.

Approx. 420mm

Approx. 428mm

Memory Box




Narrative in Design Through a ritual, a story can be given to an object or product. We each have our own little idiosyncrasies and ways of doing everyday things; little rituals that have developed over time. For me this is walking. Walking is a method of exploration of the woods and field that surround my home. I am blessed to have so many memories of mischievous adventures in youth. Returning induces nostalgia and melancholy for those simpler times again.

a RITUA L of walking. a NA RRATIV E of life. a D ESI G N for memories.

Strolling through and over the surrounding fields, woods and hills, I created my own adventures and valued memories that are embedded in particular items like a fossil or photograph. These items have intense sentimental value and need a place to be kept safe and organised.

Wellington footprint pattern. A footprint is the physical memory of where I have been in an environment.

A hand-made box specifically designed to contain self inflicting nostalgia and melancholy.

An eccentric and unusual walking staff that reflects a playful and childlike approach on a “functional stick�.

Lucky horseshoe.

A plain compartment for storing photographs and a diary.

Water and air sample from local area.

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A quilted compartment for storing precious objects.

A porcelain dish cast from a wellingtoon boot footprint.

An unusual walking staff to make a walking journey more interactive.

Magpie Light A collaboration between NTU and Strate. Elizabeth Corrie & Julie Cadeau.

This project was a very short but intense and fast paced challenge. It pushed quick thinking and problem solving skills. Effective communication was especially potent to overcome the language barriers.

The aim was to design and produce a functional model of a light within 2 days. There was a strict limitation that only allowed 3 processes to manipulate the material - to bend, fold or crease.

Bend. Fold. Crease.


Matt Black

Matt White

Material: Folded Aluminium

Donkey 4 Evolution

Heartstrings Table

Wire chair

Succubus knife

Air-freshener assembly

Gills knife

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