Joined + Jointed offers undergraduates of The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design rare opportunity to bring design to market

Contemporary furniture design collective Joined + Jointed is announcing an exciting collaboration with The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University. Undergraduates from its Furniture and Product Design course are being invited to submit proposals for a new piece of home office furniture. The winning design will be put into production and marketed by Joined + Jointed.

Samuel Chan, furniture designer and founder of Joined + Jointed, is an alumnus of The Cass (in its former incarnation as The London College of Furniture). He comments:

‘As a design student, what you really want is a ‘live’ project – working to a brief from a real furniture manufacturer. It motivates you like nothing else, even though it’s rare for a student’s design to actually be brought to market. But that’s what we’re offering – a chance for an undergraduate to experience that process, and the royalties – as a fully-fledged designer would.’

Samuel Chan has set the students a design brief that reflects our rapidly-changing times – that homes are smaller and work becomes more flexible. Students will investigate how people balance a work space and living space, and then propose a furniture product to accommodate this mixed use. Their concept must play to Joined + Jointed’s strengths – its reputation for modern, timeless designs and expert wood craftsmanship.

The Furniture and Product Design undergraduate course at The Cass places a strong emphasis on both traditional and contemporary practical skills, aligning with the Joined + Jointed ethos to create the classics of the future.

Cathy Stack, Course Leader FDA Furniture & BA Furniture and Product Design comments:

‘Students and staff at London Metropolitan University are delighted to embark on a live project with Samuel Chan and Joined + Jointed. The brief with Joined + Jointed is a great opportunity, allowing students to be creative and innovative while requiring them to address a leading social and environmental problem.’

‘The project will give our students the chance to apply what they are learning in a real-world context through a work-based learning experience that offers a perfect combination of the academic, practical and professional strands of their learning. Samuel Chan’s reputation – as a designer and maker of bespoke, exquisitely crafted pieces, and as a successful business entity – is well known, and the prospect of working with Samuel and learning from him is both challenging and exciting.’

‘The students are keen to get started, they know Samuel Chan’s generous offer is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. They are determined to work hard and to make a good impression knowing that no matter what the outcome, the project will be a worthwhile experience they are lucky to be part of .’

The winning design will be developed, manufactured, marketed and sold through Joined + Jointed. The designer will become one of the Joined + Jointed design collective – an exciting new face alongside its existing roster of established names. Samuel Chan will provide expert advice and guidance over the course of the module. The final chosen piece will go into production and be showcased at the London Design Festival in September 2018.