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Brintons collaborates with Birmingham City University

25th January 2013

Birmingham City University showcased the talents of their talented design students this week at the annual Interiors UK 2013 exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham.

Birmingham City University engages their final year Textile Design students with a “Trends” design project, this is supported by associated academics with considerable industry and research experience, to embed trend and design development into the curriculum. The project provides a platform for students to explore these areas and culminates with an innovative exhibition stand at the Interiors UK Exhibition.

The designs were based around inspiration for walls, floors and furniture and were created around two key trends – ‘flint’ and ‘clash’. 

Clash - is the abduction of all the least fashionable elements within contemporary interior design, and their subsequent re-education into new colourways, dimensions and juxtapositions. This trend takes inspiration from themes as diverse as the London Underground, Victoriana and Art Deco, combined with a colour palette dominated by an almost black, interspersed with characterful shades, making the pretty provocative.

The winning rug design was for the clash trend and was chosen from 61 entrants.  It was designed by Nicola Guest who is BA (Hons) Textile Design (Print) student. The geometric print was based on the Global Color Research (tm) Clash trend for Autumn/Winter 2013/14.  

Nicola is a 3rd year student and her work was chosen by the curatorial team from the Birmingham Institute of Art & Design who curate the University's trend stand at the Interiors show.  Brintons worked in collaboration with Birmingham City University to produce a carpet of the winning design.

Image left shows: a carpet sample produced within the Clash trend replicates an element of an original design by Textile student Nicola Guest reflecting how student designs translate into commercial outcomes using technology.

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