The Arts Foundation have announced that Furniture Design will be the first award made possible by a Foundation set up in 2016 to honour the legacy of late architect and interior designer David Collins.
‘Furniture Design is a fundamental part of how we define the spaces we live and work in. It was an area that David was very passionate about. Inspiration was found far and wide from auctions, to flea markets and exhibitions. We are delighted to embark on the first year of this new relationship’, says Iain Watson, CEO of David Collins Studio, West London.
The Fellowship will be awarded to an emerging talent based in the UK who is chosen from a pool of applicants nominated by experts and judged on the basis of talent, innovation and need. The shortlist will be announced in November.
Director of the Arts Foundation, Shelley Warren adds, 'Furniture Design has been the topic of much debate this year in London highlighting the constantly changing way that it is designed, fabricated, sold and disposed of. With radical changes in the teaching of design and the increasing move towards the ‘multidisciplinary designer’ this award and the designers it will uncover will make for a very interesting award’‘.
By teaming up with the Arts Foundation to administrate the award, The David Collins Foundation will be able to support artists from a range of different disciplines in forthcoming years to celebrate the designers’ love of, and contribution to, the Arts.
About David Collins Studio
Through an inauspicious job of designing an art collector friends’ house in 1985, David’s first break as an interior designer came when chef Pierre Koffmann enlisted him to design London restaurant La Tante Claire. From this and subsequent early commissions, David and business partner Iain Watson set out to bring a new form of thinking to the design industry gradually employing a multidisciplinary team of experts to cover all elements of interior and architectural practice. Over the course of the next 30 years the David Collins Studio has completed countless interior design projects across hotels, restaurants, residential, hospitality and retail projects worldwide including The Connaught Bar, The Wolseley and Alexander McQueen stores.
Fellow Rachael Champion, Laura Eldret, Ox Art and Jonathan Trayte have come together to produce TABLE, an evolving exhibition of prototypes, works-in-progress and events that address the theme of the table as social and material form. The exhibition starts on the 24th June and only runs until the 3rd of July - so don't miss it! Open daily 12-6pm. Tannery Projects,, 8 Rich Estate, 46 Willow Walk, SE1 5SF (accessible via Drawing Room).
'Well, we got it right', was definitely on the lips of those who judged six months earlier the 2016 Arts Foundation Literary Translation Award when they heard that Deborah Smith and South Korean author Han Kang had won the Man Booker Prize for 'The Vegetarian'. This is the first year that the prize has been split between the author and translator equally. 'We are delighted to hear of Deborah's success. With an exciting wish list of projects to work on these two awards in 2016 will support her well into the future and I very much look forward to what that will bring' Shelley Warren, Director of the AF.
Playwright Zinnie Harris picked up best play award for her reworking of The Oresteia which was re-imagined in a gripping new trilogy of plays. 'This Restless House' directed by Dominic Hill, with music by Nikola Kodjabashia and designed by Colin Richmond.
Even more refreshed from his Songlines Award, Sam Lee will be performing two upcoming gigs - one an intimate Glastonbury Festival Warm-Up show at Passing Clouds in East London (details below) on the 14th June. The other later in the year - having won a Songlines Award Sam and friends will be appearing Songlines Music Awards 2016 Winners’s Concert featuring Mariza + Songhoy Blues + Debashish Bhattacharya. on the 3 October 2016 at London's Barbican. www.barrbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?ID=19721