Stowmarket High School student scoops award at national exhibition
- Credit: Archant
George Mannell, a design and technology student from Stowmarket High School has been named joint winner of a national award at an exhibition celebrating the work of young designers and furniture makers.
The 18-year-old was invited to attend the Young Furniture Makers exhibition, organised by The Furniture Makers’ Company, the furnishing industry’s charity, after winning one of the charity’s School Design Prizes for his laminated tulip chair.
Joanna Knight, who lives in Earl Stonham and owns the Reallyverynice Gallery, in Bury St Edmunds, is a Liveryman of the Furniture Makers’ Company. Having visited the school’s annual show last summer, she encouraged students to enter the competition.
The School Design Prize is an annual award, sponsored by companies and individual connected with the charity, which is given to promising design and technology students in schools across the country. The award aims to inspire students to pursue a career in the furnishing industry.
George was presented the award by internationally acclaimed product and furniture designer Sebastian Conran during a ceremony at the exhibition, held at Furniture Makers’ Hall and the Dutch Church, in Austin Friars, London.
You may also want to watch:
George said: “I never thought my work would receive such recognition – I found the whole experience humbling and inspiring at the same time. Thank you for supporting me with this award.”
Dave Lee-Allan, head teacher of Stowmarket High School, said: “Stowmarket High School were absolutely honoured to be included in this year’s Young Furniture Makers exhibition. To have a winning piece against such quality work was incredible. We sent our next generation of designers along to be inspired, and so they were.”
- 1 Tankers on their way to Suffolk as the government unveils action plan
- 2 More Suffolk petrol stations closed as PM plans action
- 3 The 72 postcode areas where Covid infection rates are rising
- 4 Stu says: Five observations following Ipswich's 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday
- 5 Lorry drivers being offered up to £60,000 and other bonuses as shortage bites
- 6 Explained: What is causing the long queues at petrol stations?
- 7 Blaze spreads from classic car to bungalow next door
- 8 'Poor' infection control at care home sees used Covid test swab left in pile of clean PPE
- 9 Church brings a new Hope to former Ipswich Odeon cinema
- 10 Family of hairdresser, 17, who died in her sleep 'overwhelmed' by tributes