16th May 2003
Ecological and cultural seating will be encompassed in a new design project being undertaken by a senior academic at the University of Lincoln.
Maxine Naylor, from the university’s Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, has received a £50,000 Innovation Award for design research from the Arts and Humanities Research Board to conduct the project.
Entitled ‘Sustaining Desire: the chair as cultural, ecological and visual narrative’, the year-long project will begin this August.
“There will be a collection of work which will be exhibited and will hopefully tour internationally,” said Maxine, senior academic in design. “In particular I would like to exhibit at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2004 in Milan next April.”
Maxine’s last AHRB grant helped her to develop a collection of chairs and lights which were recently exhibited at the Contemporary Applied Arts in London.
The exhibition included a single chair design using various materials such as a solid cork construction, corrugated card, papier-mâché, upholstery, wood, acrylic and steel.
“The exhibition was a working demonstration of a single design using various materials,” said Maxine.
“I am driven by exploring and experimenting with ideas. I have very specific design principles that produce high design content at low cost.
“As with other projects, the new one will reflect the combination of experience gained from years of teaching and furniture designing.”
Ms Naylor has established a reputation as an innovative lighting designer with her subtle and innovative use of sheet materials and has received commissions from IBM, Crafts Council UK, Design Centre UK and Harrods. Her work has been exhibited extensively in design galleries and showrooms internationally.
The Innovation Awards scheme provides awards up to £50,000 to support notably innovative research projects and can be held for up to one year. Innovative projects are those which challenge existing models, perceptions, methods or ideas.
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