X1 SAM WELLER
THURS 20TH OF SEPTEMBER – 1PM-7PM
Sam Weller is a product designer. Born in Bath (England) in 1985,
Sam has always had a passion for art, as well as design.
Sam graduated from Brunel Universities four year Industrial Design course in 2007 and went on to work for numerous in-house design studios as well as some of the UK’s top design consultants. In late 2009, Sam began forming his own small consultancy based design business, working with clients ranging from large UK based retailers to smaller established product brands.
In the summer of 2012, Sam completed a two year masters at London’s Royal College of Art, having studied Design Products under Sebastian Wrong (Est & Sons) and Harry Richardson (Committee). Sam has exhibited work all over Europe, in the UK, Italy, Greece and The Netherlands and is now based in a London studio where he continues to explore his process.
X2 ALEX HELLUM
FRI 21ST OF SEPTEMBER – 1PM-7PM
Born in Larvik, Norway in 1966, Alex Hellum is a furniture and product designer living and working in the UK. He first trained at The Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College between 1992 and 1994 and then went on to study Furniture Design at the Royal College of Art, graduating in 1996. After graduation Alex received a grant from the Craft Council and set up his own design practise. He has worked on numerous private and commercial design commissions and has designed products for Heals, Thorsten Van Elten and Ercol.
Alex Hellum has developed a distinctive design style based on observation, utility and honest use of materials. His starting point is often a pragmatic one, watchful of use he asserts that in design there is always a practical solution and believes part of the role of designer is to give reason for things to exist.
X3 JACK SMITH
SAT 23RD OF SEPTEMBER – 1PM-7PM
Jack Smith is one half of the London-based design partnership SmithMatthias which he set up with Gemma Matthias. He has a passion for producing enduring and responsible products with manufacturing intelligence and attention to detail. Growing up in the Lake District Jack was influenced by craft and woodworking that complimented his inbuilt passion for designing and making. Jack’s contrasting background in both cabinet making and architecture has combined into a traditional and modest approach. Alongside problem solving Jack is influenced by craft combined with a contemporary and technological way of working. After studying furniture design at Sheffield Hallam he went on to complete a two-year MA at the RCA. He has worked with Pipers Models, BDP and Studio Tord Boontje. www.smithmatthias.com