Star in the making: Tim Summers

Cass Furniture alumnus Tim Summers wins prestigious Heal's Discovers prize.

Furniture and Product Design BA graduate Tim Summers has won the Heal's Discovers 2016 award with a desk he designed while studying at The Cass. His Flip Desk is already for sale on the website of the world famous retailer.

Tim’s Flip Desk creates a solution for smaller homes in urban areas. It originated from a live project that Heal’s collaborated on with Tim during his undergraduate degree. Combining the elegant aesthetic of a bureau-style desk with modern functionality, the Flip Desk provides a compact, adaptable solution for home workers and smaller spaces. The solid oak and oak veneer desk derives its name from the simple pivot that allows the work-space to be folded away quickly and effortlessly.

Now in its twelfth year, Heal’s Discovers promotes the work of innovative and emerging design talent by providing a platform on which to showcase their skills and creativity. This year’s other winners were Ola Studio, whose range of stationery was inspired by Heal’s archive designs and the famous Cecil Brewer staircase, and Will Baugh with his Bracket office tidy. 

Having worked closely with Heal’s product and design team, each winner will launch their exclusive designs as part of this year’s London Design Festival (17-25 September 2016) before they go on sale in-store.

Talking about the project, Tim said, "Presenting to a client like Heal's was nerve-racking at first, but the process became less daunting after the initial experience. The great thing about The Cass is that it actively encourages live projects with established and prestigious companies. It provides an opportunity for fledgling designers to forge important links within the industry and the equally valuable experience of presenting to live clients. I hope this is the first of many success full collaborations and partnerships in my career as a designer."

Flip Desk is available from Heal's in September.


Image : Time Summers (centre) with the other winners, Ola Studio and Will Baugh.

Image of Tim Summers, Ola Studio and Will Baugh

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