Furniture Works, a manufacturing "incubator" centre, recently opened in East End London. It represents the type of resource centre for emerging furniture designer/makers long advocated by furniturelink for BC and Canada.
Operated by London Metropolitan University, the centre provides professional facilities, services and courses. All London's designers and manufacturers can access the centre's 250-square-metre showroom, reference library, seminar rooms and the Frederick Parker Collection of more than 150 chairs, dating from the 17th century.
Offered services include workshops for design development, prototyping and the following component manufacturing processes:
CNC routing and CAD/CAM workshops
Laminating multi-ply shapes and panels
Pattern, mould and jig making
Acid catalyst spray finishing
Epoxy and polyester powder coating
Plastics vacuum forming
Metal tube manipulation and fabrication
Weaving, stitching and printing textiles
Soft furnishing and upholstery
Materials analysis and testing
Furniture Works' inaugural event featured a public exhibition of designs by Metropolitan University graduates.
The centre works closely with the Geffrye Museum Design Centre and Hidden Art, institutions featured in issue #034.
update: Furniture Works has closed.
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