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Designing Furniture To Meet a Specific Need

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Members of NCFM are exhibiting at the Cube Gallery in Manchester from 15th to 25th May 2013.
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Designer Ron Arad recently opened an exhibition in Israel that takes functional objects such as cars and renders them useless with the intention...

Exhibitions often give designer makers an opportunity to explore different designs and making methods. Chris Tribe Furniture have done just that...

Ilkley-based designer and maker Chris Tribe will be taking part in his first Ilkley Art Trail later this year.

Design in Wood's work can be seen in a domestic setting as part of this year's Open Studios exhibition.

Dovetailors recently completed a contemporary TV stand for a customer who was delighted by the way they felt involved in the process.

Dovetailors are delighted to announce that Wakefield Cathedral has commissioned us to design and build a new altar, ambo and other handcrafted...

A new name, a huge extendable dining table, a centre hall table and a giant chair are a few things Dovetailors has been working on recently.

We were recently commissioned to create a unique story chair in memory of a Yorkshire teacher, a project that has now been completed successfully...

NCFM members Christine Meyer-Eaglestone and Designer Makers Furniture have worked together to make the Circles and Stripes sideboard, an...

NCFM members, Designer Makers Furniture, have been commissioned to make a very special chair to commemorate a much loved teacher who died suddenly...

Designing Furniture To Meet a Specific Need

There has been a very obvious shift in recent years as we have moved from being a society where it is acceptable to throw out last year’s out-dated interiors to a community in which such behaviour is frowned upon.

In the past designers were happy to feed a consumer desire for fashion and trend. Now they are being urged to act as a channel for society’s current needs rather than simply being creators of stuff.

A designer is increasingly seen as someone who finds solutions to problems by listening and understanding.

With budgets and living space constrained as never before and society beginning to move away from the pre-recession throwaway era, designing something that is fit for purpose has become a vital concern.

Commentators are now declaring that the design journey is as important, if not more important, than the product. At Dovetailors we have always believed that great design comes from collaboration and a deep understanding of purpose and environment.

It is no longer enough to create beautiful things and designers have an important role to play in finding solutions for public spaces, which themselves are changing in nature. Whether this is workspaces, hospitals or homes, a skilled designer can improve both the aesthetics and the functionality of that space.

When we were commissioned to work with Wakefield Cathedral on their renovation project we took on precisely this role. The cathedral was still a place of worship but that meant something very different in 21st Century society than it had when the cathedral’s existing interior had been designed. The changing needs of the cathedral community were at the forefront of our minds as we developed our designs. Further close collaboration with the cathedral team meant that we came up with a result that satisfied the solemn needs of the church and the diverse demands of its wider community.

Design is frequently misunderstood. Yes, aesthetics and trend are important but it is about much more than that. It’s about connection and finding answers. We are delighted that people are recognising that it is not the things in our lives that define us but the reason behind their existence.

Dovetailors   Both Altar and Ambo are movable
Both Altar and Ambo are movable


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