13th March 2003

 

INSPIRING DESIGNERS OF THE FUTURE

 

Product Design students at the University of Lincoln are packing their bags ready to fly off to an international furniture fair in Italy next month.

 

The 20 students from the National Diploma and BA (Hons) Product Design programmes at the Lincoln School of Art and Design will be spending four days at the annual Salone Internazionale Del Mobile in Milan.

 

The largest furniture fair in the world attracts major manufacturers and 3D designers from all over the world and this year expects over 180,000 visitors.

 

The aim of the visit is for the staff and students to view current trends in the market, establish links with the manufacturers and create opportunities for work placements and overseas exhibits.

 

“We made some excellent contacts last year,” said David Bramston, programme leader for Product Design. “One invitation came from Ron Arad, a major designer for Kartell, who took a group of students around his UK studio in London.

 

“We were also approached by the British Council in Milan with regard to exhibiting work there in the future and with this in mind staff are currently working on new designs in regenerative materials and social design for such overseas promotions.

 

“This is the first year of our new degree course and this fair will give the students an excellent opportunity to seek creative inspiration.”

 

The fair will take place from 9th to 14th April 2003.

 

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For more information contact: Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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