British design collective Joined + Jointed is committed to nurturing new design talent. In the second of our series on ‘New Generation Design’, we look at how one young designer’s simple, measured approach earned him a place in the spotlight.
In the Spring of 2018, British furniture designer Samuel Chan returned to his first alma mater, the Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design. He set the final year students a competition to design a desk for a small live-work space. The winning design would be developed under his guidance, produced in the workshop of his design collective, Joined + Jointed, and marketed as part of the Joined + Jointed collection.
The competition was the beginning of ‘J+J Generations’, Samuel’s personal initiative to support British design education. “Looking back, I was helped at critical points in my education and career by senior members of the design industry willing to give me an opportunity,” Samuel says. “Now I’m in a position to do the same.”
Of the entries submitted, Samuel chose a simple desk design by undergraduate Moe Redish as the winner. It features clean, Shaker-inspired lines, and a slatted section that allows for straightforward cable management. “We often associate design originality with a kind of flair or even quirkiness,” Samuel explains. “But for me designs that endure have one thing in common, and that’s restraint. Moe’s design is incredibly restrained and considered. It’s rare for a young designer to be confident enough to keep it simple. I could see immediately that Moe’s approach was in line with the Joined + Jointed spirit. I knew our makers could enjoy making the desk meticulously, and our customers would find it a pleasure to use.”
Moe’s desk, named ‘Slide’, is now a part of Joined + Jointed’s collection, sold online and at the collective’s Fulham showroom. ‘Samuel and Joined + Jointed share my passion for furniture design,’ says Moe. ‘As an emerging designer this has been a fantastic opportunity to gain experience in the field.’ A year on, Moe and the ‘Slide’ desk have been shortlisted for the Young Furniture Makers design award, a scheme run by the British Furniture Makers Guild.
From among some 30 submissions to the Cass competition, the work of another undergraduate, Barnaby Lewis, also caught Samuel’s eye. Barnaby’s design for a desk with a revolving pedestal was a clever concept and, after further development with Samuel, is now also part of the Joined + Jointed collection.
‘Slide’ and ‘Orbit’ are available from www.joinedandjointed.com and the Joined + Jointed showroom.
Read more about Joined + Jointed design here.
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