A massive congratulations to Jemma Bubsy who won the KLC competition with her Bloom Collection design. A big thank you to the KLC students for taking part and to everyone who voted.

With guidance from our Product Innovation team, Jemma will develop her concepts into designs that can be put into production. Jemma will then travel to Portugal to oversee her furniture being made at Lombok’s workshop.

We look forward to working closely with Jemma, to ensure we bring her designs to life and launch during our Spring/Summer 19 collection. Watch this space!

What happened

Last month 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.

A panel of judges of reviewed all of the entries and picked three finalists. We then asked the public to vote for their favourite.

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:

  • Kate French, Deputy Editor of Homes & Gardens;
  • Interior Designer Georgina Cave of Cave Interiors; and
  • Martyn White of Martyn White Designs

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.

Laos Collection by Xenia Werle

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.

To view the Laos Collection click here.

The Shroom by Kristiana Koseva

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. 

To view the Shroom design click here.

The Bloom Collection by Jemma Busby

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.

To view the Bloom Collection click here.

The Voting

Having produced a shortlist of three finalists, we asked you – our customers – to vote! Voting was open to the public from Monday 28th January to Thursday 14th February, in store and online.

If you’d like any more information about this competition, please send your enquiry to marketing@lombok.co.uk.