We teamed up with KLC School of Design to help the next generation of talented designers gain real industry insight and experience. Our Product Innovation team tasked second year students to design furniture we could launch as part of a new Lombok collection. 

In this blog, we launch the competition, meet our three incredibly talented finalists, and open public voting.

The Brief
The brief: To draw on Lombok’s Eastern heritage and design an upholstered item of furniture and a co-ordinating side or coffee table.
Students were challenged to think about the technical restraints of designing and manufacturing a furniture collection while ensuring it could be commercial. After meeting our Head of Product Design, the students had just one week to produce their initial design concepts.
The Finalists
The students’ work was of a very high standard, so we called on our expert judging panel to review all of the entries:  

The judges looked at how the students interpreted the brief and how their designs would sit alongside Lombok’s existing collections. Following a careful assessment of the entries, the judges shortlisted three finalists.  It was agreed that the shortlisted designs succeeded in capturing the ethos of the brand – Eastern inspired furniture made using natural materials that is both beautiful and unique.

Without further ado, here’s our three finalists (click on images or link to enlarge designs):

Laos Collection by Xenia Werle


To view the Laos Collection click here

Xenia’s design was inspired by the Colonial style of Asia. To represent and preserve the beauty of the south-eastern influence, the proposed design will add elegant heritage to the Lombok collection. 

In her career, Xenia would love to focus on creative commercial design, with particular preference to hospitality. 
The Shroom by Kristiana Koseva


To view the Shroom design click here.


Kristiana’s design was inspired by “clusters of mushrooms one may find on trees, and the layered effect which they create”.
She implemented this into her design through a simplified geometric pattern and a round layered frame. The properties of mushrooms can also be felt through the colours and textures of the cork and wool.  
The Bloom Collection by Jemma Busby


To view the Bloom Collection click here.

Jemma’s inspiration for her design stems from an innate desire to explore and experience the natural world. Encapsulating the fundamentals of the Lombok range, Jemma’s design translates organic forms into something tangible that can be enjoyed in the home each day.

Following on from KLC, Jemma hopes to build upon her keen interest of conceptual design narratives, specialising in both product and commercial interior design.
The Voting

Having produced a shortlist of three finalists, we’re now asking you – our customers – to vote!  Please click here to vote for your favourite designs (alternatively, come to the showroom and vote in person). We’re counting on you.
Voting is open to the public from Monday 28th January to Thursday 14th February, in store and online.

With guidance from Lombok’s Product Innovation team, the winner will develop their concepts into designs that can be put into production. They will then travel to Portugal to oversee their furniture being made at Lombok’s workshop.
If you’d like any more information about this competition, please send your enquiry to marketing@lombok.co.uk.