2012 MakeIT! Furniture winners announced

makeit awardsThe MakeIT! Furniture awards for 2012 were held at The National School of Furniture at Oxford & Cherwell Valley College as part of the Summer Show on the 21st June, bringing together industry experts, teachers and students to recognise Britain’s emerging design talent in the furniture industry.

Led by Proskills, the MakeIT! Furniture programme is designed to engage and show students, teachers and parents that the furniture industry is an exciting, dynamic industry and provides a good career choice and encourages students to develop their design skills. 

Alina Baumane from Chatnam & Clarendon House Grammar School in Kent was chosen as the overall winner of the 2011 / 12 MakeIT! Furniture competition because she over-delivered throughout, combining an innovative approach, great care and attention to detail and an excellent understanding of the brief of the programme.  The winning table is shown below.

As part of her prize Alina won a VIP trip to NEJ Stevenson, designers and makers of fine custom made furniture and bespoke architectural joinery which includes cabinetmaker to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

alina 1On winning Alina said “I loved the project which was aalina 2 very new experience for me. I want to get into architecture and this was a fantastic learning experience and I am very excited to be visiting NEJ Stevenson.”

The awards ceremony at Oxford and Cherwell Summer Show was a great success and students were inspired by the first hand experience they had of the workshops and students work.

The programme’s sponsors included the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers, British Furniture Manufacturers, The National School of Furniture and Oxford and Cherwell Valley College, illustrating the wider commercial importance of the MakeIT! Furniture programme.

Jackie Bazeley, Managing Director at BFM Ltd said “The Make It furniture awards have once again surpassed expectations with an increase in the number of schools taking part, the high calibre of entries and the enthusiasm of the teachers and students. Credit must be paid to Chris Hyde of Oxford and Cherwell College, for hosting the event once again within the annual student exhibition which provides inspiration to the entrants. If the children carry their enthusiasm and innovation forward into the future and a career in furniture making and design, the industry will be in good hands.”

Since the launch of MakeIT! Furniture and 3 other Schools into Industry Programmes in 2010 they have now reached over 550 schools and 25,000 students and a recent survey undertaken Proskills showed that after completing the MakeIT! Furniture programme double the amount of students makeit awards 2

The Winners of MakeIT! Furniture 2010/2011 competition are:

  • Year 9 - Rosie Rogers from Henry Box School in Oxfordshire
  • Year 10 - Gus Burton from John Hampden School in Buckinghamshire
  • Year 12 - Alina Baumane from Chatnam & Clarendon House Grammar School in Kent
  • Overall Winner - Alina Baumane from Chatnam & Clarendon House Grammar School in Kent

For further information on the Schools into Industry programmes, and how you can get involved, visit www.theits.org.uk or contact the Team at Proskills on 01235 432018 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."


MakeIT! Furniture 2012 winner takes VIP trip to NEJ Stevenson

2012 MakeIT! Furniture winner Alina Baumane and her teacher have taken an inspirational VIP visit to bespoke furniture designers and makers NEJ Stevenson courtesy of The Association of British Furniture Makers, NEJ Stevenson and the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers.

On winning MakeIT! Furniture Alina said “I loved the project which was a very new experience for me. I want to get into architecture and this was a fantastic learning experience and I am very excited to be visiting NEJ Stevenson.”

Alina and her teacher visited NEJ Stevenson in Warwickshire on the 18th July 2012 which they both found to be a stimulating visit.

Commenting on the experience, Alina’s teacher Thomas Brewin said that the prize visit was a very enjoyable and eye opening experience.

“Speaking with Neil Stevenson about the design and manufacturing of bespoke furniture was inspirational and fascinating for both teacher and pupil.  We were very excited about the tour of the manufacturing facility, which allowed us to see into the inner workings of the high-end furniture-manufacturing workshop. We talked with the team leaders who were very happy to pass on golden nuggets of technical information and advice, which I hope to take back to school and impart to the next cohort to compete in the ‘MakeIT’ design competition. Neil was very supportive of Alina’s work imparting words of wisdom and congratulations.”

Neil Stevenson, Managing Director at NEJ Stevenson said “I was delighted to welcome Alina to the workshops and show her and her teacher Tom around. Alina’s winning design was exceptional and the support of the school in helping her produce the finished design was exemplary.”
 
Jackie Bazeley, Managing Director at BFM Ltd added “It was a pleasure to take both Alina and Tom to meet Neil Stevenson and visit the factory.  What became very apparent was the amount they both learnt whilst there, which reinforces the need for more collaboration between schools and manufacturers.”