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William Warren
Furniture for the Future - school workbench


Design Council

October 2002

Initially a competition to win financial assistance from the Design Council, this high profile design project selected three teams of designers and manufacturers to develop new pieces of furniture for schools.

William Warren and Carl Clerkin worked together as designers with Emir, a Kent based manufacturer of wooden craft tools and workbenches. The results were a new workbench for Design and Technology in secondary schools.

The subject of D & T has changed dramatically over the last twenty years. It now encompasses metals and plastics, textiles and electrical circuits and is best described as Product design rather than "wood working", which it replaces. Unfortunately, the furniture used in current D & T rooms is still the original inherited woodworking benches, which were originally built very solidly.

The bench received praise from the Design Council and is still in production with Emir.

First shown at the Design Council's offices and featured in their book Furniture for the Future - developments in educational furniture, 2003. Also featured with an interview on Teacher's TV. Later shown at the Birmingham NEC Schools Furniture Show

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