Furniture Design and Make graduate wins prize for excellence

Friday, 28 July 2017

Freya Whamond 'Bud' Chair

Oxford Brookes graduate Freya Whamond has been awarded the Alan Peters Award for Excellence for her “ambitious and experimental” chair design.

Freya, who graduated in 2016, entered her ‘Bud’ chair that she made while studying on the Furniture: Design and Make BA (Hons) course, which is delivered in partnership between Oxford Brookes University and Activate Learning – one of the University’s Associate College Partners

Joseph Bray, Programme Leader of the Furniture: Design and Make BA (Hons) and Foundation courses said: “Whilst studying at Rycotewood Freya has continuously shown evidence of excellence in both creativity and craftsmanship.  The ‘Bud’ chair clearly demonstrates this in the unconventional laminated back support, that wraps itself around the frame. 

I am certain that the continued partnership between Rycotewood (an Activate Learning company) and Oxford Brookes University will result in many more prizes for excellence in the coming years.

Joseph Bray, Programme Leader, Rycotewood Furniture Centre

“Winning the Alan Peters award is very well deserved and we wish her every success within the furniture industry.

“I am certain that the continued partnership between Rycotewood (an Activate Learning company) and Oxford Brookes University will result in many more prizes for excellence in the coming years.”

The ‘Bud’ chair was described by the judges as “an ambitious and experimental design that... represents a good attempt at creating a chair design that says something interesting in terms of its design – a notoriously difficult thing to achieve in chairs.  The result is a visual feast that also demonstrates significant technical difficulty and innovation.”

Freya was one of three winners who were recognised out of the largest number of applicants that the award has ever attracted.

The Alan Peters Award for Excellence recognises young talent within the bespoke furniture industry and gives new designers the opportunity to win free exhibition space at Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design - an exhibition of contemporary bespoke furniture in Cheltenham. The three winners will be able to exhibit and network with highly regarded professionals and gain exposure to a knowledgeable audience. 

Studying at Oxford Brookes University’s partner colleges allow students to study flexibly in their local area. More information about Oxford Brookes’ undergraduate, postgraduate and foundation degrees taught at further education colleges can be found on the partnership courses webpages.