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10 July 2012 | PR 12/132

Loughborough graduate a triple winner at national Design Awards

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Hugh Leader-Williams

School of Art’s graduate Hugh Leader-Williams scooped up three awards at the prestigious graduate exhibition, New Designers 2012 for his furniture design.

Hugh, who graduated from Loughborough this year, was awarded the 100% Design Award, the British Contract Furnishing Association Award and the Made.com Award.

Based in London, the event aims to bring together over 3,500 graduates from across the major design and art disciplines, providing a platform for graduates to showcase their work.

The exhibition, which takes place in two parts, holds two awards evenings to recognise the best of the exhibits and enable businesses and organisations to demonstrate their support for emerging UK talent and creativity.

Studying 3D Design: New Practice, Hugh was recognised for his final project design, Spun Furniture.

His functional and affordable yet unique and modern furniture uses strong magnets to hold together parts of stools and tables, while also allowing them to be easily dismantled and folded flat to minimise space required for storage and transport.

 “It is absolutely amazing to have won the awards at New Designers; the reality of it all is only just setting in”, says Hugh.  “I am really grateful to Made.com, 100% Design and Lugo Group for providing me with such fantastic opportunities to develop to my idea and gain valuable experience working in industry.”

David Scott, Programme Coordinator in 3D Design, spoke about Hugh’s success:

“Hugh has developed into a designer who demonstrates a great capacity for well thought through projects with a good eye and a strong contemporary feel.  His range of foldaway tables and chairs would sit perfectly in any modern design setting and he has the ability to go all the way as a designer.”

Hugh has been awarded various prizes from the companies sponsoring the three awards, including: a stand within Emerging Brands at the 100% Design exhibition in London to showcase his work; a four week placement at Lugo Group Europe and a contract to work with Made.com, collaborating to produce their own design collection over the year.

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Loughborough University
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Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the Best Student Experience in England every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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