2017 COMMISSION

The 2017 commission was to design a piece of free-standing furniture for a music room, which would provide both a focal point for the room and practical storage for sheet music and accessories. The choice of material was unspecified, but had to be innovative in its design, techniques used or its use of materials.

THE 3 FINALISTS WERE:

ALI BUCHAN

Ali studied furniture making at the Williams & Cleal Furniture School. His Jurassic Coast coffee table has recently won the Popular Choice Award and Second Prize in the Full-time category at The Somerset Guild of Craftsmen exhibition.

He has set up his business in Oxfordshire. He exhibited his “Wave” desk at the GX Gallery in London in August as a finalist in the Award.

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CAROLIN REICHERT

Carolin graduated from the Building Crafts College in 2017. In June 2017 she was awarded the Livery Company Prize from The Carpenters Company, which was presented by Princess Anne. She has now set up her own business in London, Form+Function. She exhibited her “Oskar” chair at the GX Gallery in London.

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IRENE BANHAM

Irene graduated from the Williams & Cleal Furniture School, and has set up her own business in Bristol. She exhibited her Bog Oak Table and cake stand at the GX Gallery in London. She has since sold 2 of her cake stands to visitors to the gallery.

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THE WINNER WAS CAROLIN REICHERT

CLICK HERE to read Carolin’s article, published in the December 2017 issue of Furniture & Cabinet Making magazine as part of her Award winner’s package, about how she approached the commission and made the music cabinet.