Friday 11 March 2011

A Point Of Design: The RCA and Crown collaborate

What do you get when you combine a paint manufacturing company and one of London’s most prestigious art universities? You’ve guessed it - furniture!

Two stunning trompe l'oeil-inspired chairs are the latest innovative additions to emerge from Crown Paints 2011 collaboration with the Royal College of Art which challenges its students to ‘up-cycle’ furniture, adding a new lease of life with a lick of paint. The aforementioned chairs join other products created through this unique collaboration: a retro psychedelic sideboard and a multi-functional, hanging chair available from Graham and Green later this month.
The distinctive chairs were designed by menswear student, Emily-Jane Murray, who was inspired by the 60’s concept of ‘Keeping Up with the Joneses’. Murray recreated the effects of quilting, weaving and padding to enhance the design with paint, transforming the furniture into something entirely unique – great for customising a living space. Made in conjunction with paint-specialist, Tabby Riley - who brought the up-cycled furniture designs to life using a range of Crown primers and undercoats plus Crown’s paints for wood and metal - it really is amazing what you can do with old furniture and an old can of paint in this modern day of austerity.

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