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New Designers 2020 • Meet the Winning Designer

In the search of a design that demonstrates both growth potential within the design industry and reflects Sir Terence Conran’s design ethos, our judges headed over to the virtual New Designers 2020 and awarded Frank Winter the Conran Shop Design Award for his inspired Workshop System collection.

We sat down with Frank to find out more about the ever-evolving world of design, his creative process and the magnitude of the late Sir Terence Conran

1. Congratulations on winning The Conran Shop Design Award 2020! How do you feel, and what does this award mean for your future and your practice?

I’m super excited and grateful for my project to have been selected for this award, I think it’s a great opportunity to help me move forward with my career.

2. Our founder, Sir Terence Conran, passed away at the age of 88 a few weeks ago. Are you familiar with the work we do at The Conran Shop and of Sir Terence's legacy? Did it have any influence on your work?

Definitely, Sir Terence Conran’s understanding of design is something that I’ve always closely related to.

3. Please tell us more about who you are, where you are from and your degree.

I’m an industrial designer from a town called Eastbourne. I studied Product & Furniture Design at Kingston University, the course has a large focus on materials and process emphasising the idea of ‘thinking through making.’ This is also how I naturally work best.

Frank Winter

1. Congratulations on winning The Conran Shop Design Award 2020! How do you feel, and what does this award mean for your future and your practice?

I’m super excited and grateful for my project to have been selected for this award, I think it’s a great opportunity to help me move forward with my career.

2. Our founder, Sir Terence Conran, passed away at the age of 88 a few weeks ago. Are you familiar with the work we do at The Conran Shop and of Sir Terence's legacy? Did it have any influence on your work?

Definitely, Sir Terence Conran’s understanding of design is something that I’ve always closely related to.

3. Please tell us more about who you are, where you are from and your degree.

I’m an industrial designer from a town called Eastbourne. I studied Product & Furniture Design at Kingston University, the course has a large focus on materials and process emphasising the idea of ‘thinking through making.’ This is also how I naturally work best.

4. As to your work, who inspires it and do you have a particular process that drives your craft?

Jean Prouvé has always had an impact on my thought process. His approach to material use is so simple yet very structural and practical. Much the same, my work tends to evolve through experimenting with materials, finding practical connections and processes.

5. How important do you think something like New Designers is for emerging designers?

I think New Designers is very beneficial for emerging designers as it gives us the opportunity to have our work noticed by lots of industry professionals.

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6. Looking around, did you see any emerging trends/shared concerns/materials with your fellow designers?

Something that is and always should be more prominent each year is sustainability, whether this be extremely blatant or hidden in the materials and construction of a product.

7. What do you think are the biggest challenges facing emerging designers? Did the lockdown impact your work in any way, and how was it working through New Designers virtually?

I think one of the biggest challenges for emerging designers is finding your way into the industry, it can also be quite daunting. Lockdown massively affected how I work, meaning I moved from spending most of my time in the workshop to developing my projects solely on a computer. This resulted in the outcome consisting of renders rather than physical prototypes.

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8. What, in your opinion, makes a design timeless?

Primarily a design must be practical and durable so that it can last the test of time. In my opinion, a timeless design needs to be stripped back to its necessities.

9. What are your ambitions for the next ten years?

I plan on working in the industry to build my knowledge, whilst at the same time creating my own designs so when it's feasible I can start up my own practice.

10. Lastly, which is your favourite piece of design history and who is your favourite designer?

I don’t think that I have a favourite piece of design nor designer, though carrying on from an earlier question I think that Jean Prouve's ‘Standard’ is certainly up there and holds a perfect depiction of what I love about his work!

Click here to discover more about Frank's award-winning Workshop System collection, and explore his larger body of work here.

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