Eastern inspired furniture brand Lombok has collaborated with the KLC School of Design, inviting their students to design furniture that will launch as part of a new collection. Students in the second year of their foundation course were given a brief encouraging them to draw on Lombok’s Eastern heritage to design an upholstered item of furniture and a co-ordinating side or coffee table.
Following a careful assessment of the entries, the judges shortlisted three finalists and today is the last day to cast your vote for the winning piece, either at the Tottenham Court Road store or online.
Here's is a glimpse of the entries from the three finalists.
Xenia’s design wasinspired by the Colonial style of Asia. To represent and preserve the beauty of the south-eastern influence, the proposed design will add elegant heritage to the Lombok collection.
Students were challenged to think about the technical restraints of designing and manufacturing a furniture collection while ensuring it could be commercial. The students met with Lombok’s head of product design to gain a greater understanding of the processes involved and then had just a week to produce their initial design concepts.
Jemma’s inspiration for her design stems from an innate desire to explore and experience the natural world. Encapsulating the fundamentals of the Lombok range, Jemma’s design translates organic forms into something tangible that can be enjoyed in the home each day.
Kristiana’s design was inspired by “clusters of mushrooms one may find on trees, and the layered effect which they create”.She implemented this into her design through a simplified geometric pattern and a round layered frame. The properties of mushrooms can also be felt through the colours and textures of the cork and wool.
It was agreed that the shortlisted designs succeeded in capturing the ethos of the brand – Eastern-inspired furniture made using natural materials that is both beautiful and unique.
The judging panel was made up of John O’Leary of Lombok; Interior designer Georgina Cave of Cave Interiors; Blogger Martyn White and Homes & Gardens Executive Editor Kate French.
With guidance from Lombok’s Product Department, the winner will develop their concepts into designs that will be put into production. They will then travel to Portugal to oversee their furniture being made at Lombok’s workshop. The furniture will form part of the new collection, due in store in the Spring.
To find out more about the designs and to vote, head to Lombok. Voting closes at 3pm.