British Council Talented winners to exhibit in Milan

Fifteen design students from universities across Britain will have their work displayed as part of the Milan Furniture Fair next month, after winning a design competition run by the British Council.

The competition, Talented, invited students graduating this year or last from undergraduate and postgraduate courses in design, to submit work in a range of disciplines, including furniture, product and lighting. The judging panel featured designer Tom Dixon and design entrepreneur Thorsten Van Elten, along with the British Council design team.

Almost 200 entries were received in this year’s competition, the largest number of applications since the scheme began in 1998, according to British Council design project assistant Will Sorrell.

Winning designs include Home & Away, a coffee table that can also be used as a five-a-side goal for children, by Buckinghamshire Chilterns University’s Daniel Fosbery, and milk cartons which use form, rather than colour, to distinguish between fat content (pictured), designed by Yael Mer from the Royal College of Art.

Talented also features a series of short films – entitled As If By Magic – showing ‘magical solutions to everyday problems’. The films have been produced by furniture and product design students at Kingston University, in response to a brief by designer Pascal Anson, whose work is also exhibiting at the fair.

The Talented exhibition runs at the British Council Milan office from 5 to 10 April.

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