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.



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 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 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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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.

Update from Carolin, August 2018

“I have decided to move back to The Netherlands to set up my own practice. London has been fantastic and generous to me, but also challenging.  I have gained a lot of valuable experience in running a business and in terms of making over the last year working with Emma.  Combined with my extensive network (I lived there for 15 years prior to moving to London) I am confident I will have a good chance to succeed.  The mentorship with Chris has been invaluable and inspiring.  I wrote a business plan and have plans to redesign my website, that will include a web shop.  Thank you so much again for the opportunity to work together and for matching me with Chris.
Chris has also helped Carolin with her application for an Erasmus Award.