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William Warren

BA Design
MA Design & Silversmithing

Senior Lecturer in Furniture

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William Warren runs a furniture and product design consultancy that works with manufacturers, distributors and retailers. William is also a Senior Lecturer at London Met University.
His approach is to answer briefs in lateral way, with attention paid to questioning utility and improving the overall emotional experience of the user. His products ask the viewer to think about their belongings, and are often humorous in their conceptual twist.


2005 - Formica Design a Laminate competition - short-listed

2004 - Formica Design a Laminate competition - short-listed

2002 - Design Council Furniture for the Future Award - winner

2002 - Peugeot Design Awards - short-listed

2001 - Talente Young european furniture designer of the year

1999 - Gift of the Year - short-listed

1998 - Crafts Council Setting Up Grant

1997 - Bankers Trust Pyramid Award for Business

1996 - Jaguar Cars Product Range Competition - winner

1995 - Royal Liver Assurance Special Achievement Award

Selected exhibitions

2007 - British Consulates residence during Milan Furniture Fair

2006 - Design UK, Liberties, London

2005 - Them Indoors, Geffrye Museum, London

2005 - Joined Up Design for Schools, V&A, London

2004 - Everything But, British council, Asia (touring)

2003 - Telltale, Shipley gallery, Newcastle

2002 - Hardcore, RIBA, London

2002 - Cutting Edge, Geffrye Museum, London

2001-2003 - Designers Block, London

2001 - Solo show, Trico Gallery, Tokyo

2001 - Solo show, Art tm, Inverness

2001 - Talente, Munich

2001 - Home Sweet Home, British Council (touring)

2001 - An Industry of One, Crafts Council, London

2000 - Art to Go, ICA, London

2000 - British Consulates residence during Paris Furniture Fair

1999 - 2006 - 100% Design, Earls Court, London

Selected design projects
Domestic products and furniture, Trico International, Japan; School Lockers, Sorrell Foundation, England; School Furniture, Design Council, England; School interior design, Foster Architects, England; Giftware and a childrens book, Worldwide co, England; Contract seating, Grape, England; Domestic products, Details, Germany; Domestic products and furniture, Purves and Purves, England; Cutlery design, Habitat, England.


Williams, G: The Furniture Machine, V&A publications, 2006 (ISBN-10: 1851774947)

Sorrell, J & Sorrell F: Joined Up Design for Schools, Merrell Publishers Ltd, 2005 (ISBN-10: 1858943086)

Walton, C: The Art and Evolution of Cutlery, Goldsmiths' Hall

Gaventa, S: Hard Core, Design in concrete

Fuad-Luke, A: The Eco-Design Handbook, Thames & Hudson, 2002 (ISBN-10: 0500283435)

Fraser, M: Design UK, Conran Octopus, 2001

Levi, P: New British Design 1998, Mitchell Beazley, 1998 (ISBN-10: 1840000996)

London Metropolitan University