The Arts Foundation has announced that three designers – Carl Clerkin, Patrik Frederikson and Paul Kelley – have been shortlisted for the foundation’s 2006 Furniture Design Fellowship.
It’s the first time since 1996 that a Furniture Fellowship has been awarded and the winner will receive £10 000 to help free up time for ‘creative development’.
Hackney-based Clerkin says he is interested in ‘investing furniture with added values’ and ‘strengthening the attachment between people and objects’. His recent work has focused on the development of products that explore new approaches to British manufacturing.
Frederikson’s work blends tradition with avant-garde designs. ‘My objects balance on the ridge between the traditions of the past and dreams of the future, with a healthy disregard for the conventions of both,’ he explains.
Self-taught furniture maker Kelley makes modern furniture by hand, and his diverse influences include car design, fashion and instrument-making. He designed the main entrance for the Paul Smith store that opened in Los Angeles earlier this year, and his current furniture projects include an aluminium and acrylic dining chair.
Five fellowships are awarded by the foundation each year from varying disciplines across the performing and visual arts, design and crafts.
The four categories in competition for 2006 include Comedy Writing, Jazz Composition, Painting and Performance Poetry.
All the winners, including the Furniture Fellowship, will be announced on 26 January 2006.
The 1996 Furniture Fellowship winner was Wales and Wales.