‘Looking back, I was helped at critical points in my career by senior members of the design industry who were willing to give me an opportunity,’ says Joined + Jointed’s Samuel Chan of J + J Generations, the new apprenticeship initiative from the furniture company. ‘Now I’m in a position to do the same.’
To encourage emerging talent taking first steps in the industry, the newly created initiative this year helped its first two graduates from Chan’s alma mater, The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design.
A competition brief set by Chan invited the Cass students to create a desk reflecting the need for flexible designs for small spaces. Described by Chan as ‘restrained and well-considered’, Moe Redish’s winning design, ‘Slide’, was developed under Chan’s guidance and has now been produced in the Joined + Jointed workshop. The desk is available to buy as part of the company’s new collection, along with fellow student Barnaby Lewis’ ‘Orbit’ desk – which also stood out in the competition.
The second edition of J + J Generations will involve a collaboration with Kingston School of Art so watch this space.