James Uren is a recent graduate from Bucks New Uni who designs really cool furniture. I thought you might like him too.
I first took an interest in furniture when I was studying in Worcester (my home town) on a 3D design BTEC ND. I spent three years after this in a bit of a pickle for one reason or another and then came across the furniture course in High Wycombe where I went to study Fine Craft Furniture Making. After doing this for two years and peering through at the Contemporary Furniture and Product Design course I realised I was on the wrong course. So I swapped and did a further two years on this course, which totalled four years. The combination of the two courses was perfect.
My work so far is quite commercial. I’m not really sure why. I just kind of designed what I felt like designing and perhaps the briefs we were set played a part in that. The tuition I got at Bucks was amazing. Carl Clerkin, my final year tutor sorted me right out. I struggled with confidence so getting a first class hons was super! Since I’ve been lucky enough to win some awards for my work, which again helped me believe in myself as a designer. This has helped me to no end.
I take inspiration from day to day living. I took a lot of inspiration from my tutors and me peers too. I like to design things that people can enjoy and that, before anything else, serve a function. This is not to say I don’t intend on exploring all kinds of design.
5 years from now… hmmmm… I’d love to think that I’ll have a studio that I’ll share with some fellow designers with different expertise and explore all kinds of wonderful things. I’ve met some amazing people during my degree and since, plenty of which I’d love to work with.
That’s about all I can say about myself as a designer. I try and take each day as it comes and stay focused while still always taking inspiration for the future. I’ve still got so much to learn it’s scary and also very exciting!
You can see more of James’ work on his website.