Three A-level product design students from Barton Peveril College in Eastleigh, have had their prize-winning furniture displayed in-store at Ikea in Southampton.
With support and technical instruction from the Product Design 3D Workshop at Southampton Solent University, Hazel Crosland, Emily Braybrook and Emma Chiddle combined existing Ikea products to create some unique new furniture for a ‘design-hack’ competition.
Hazel Crosland won first prize for a bedside table lamp, receiving a £100 Ikea Voucher. She was also awarded third prize, for a freestanding lamp design.
Second prize went to Emily Braybrook for an innovative children’s art table
Fourth place was awarded to Emma Chiddle’s dining table.
Commenting on her success, Hazel said:
“I am hoping to go into architecture and these skills are bound to be relevant to my studies in the future.”
“The bedside table lamp is made from an old laundry basket and the free-standing table lamp was originally a glass vase, which I filled with fairy lights.”
Dave Horwood, subject leader for product design at Barton Peveril added:
“For me, the best thing about our success in the competition is that the winners are all girls and are multi-art students.”
“Southampton Solent and Ikea have given us a great opportunity to promote how well girls do on the product design course and show how the creativity fostered here at Barton Peveril is recognised by universities and industry.”
Alex Soggins, Acting Local Marketing Manager at Ikea, Southampton, said:
“Our customers have been really taken with these products, so much so that we had to make it clear that they were not for sale!”
Mark Jones, Programme and Group Leader for Animation Arts and Product Design at Southampton Solent University said:
“This competition demonstrates how we can link both further and higher education with industry and provides an opportunity for students to see the progression opportunities.”
Southampton Solent University’s partnership with Ikea is part of a Partner Affiliation Network (PAN) which encourages professional input and work placement opportunities for students.
The pieces will also feature on the IkeaHackers.net website, for anybody who is interested in modifying and upcycling Ikea products.