21 May 2012
The Design a Church Chair! judging panel
received well over 100 entries including several applications from
overseas and submissions from leading designers including Sir
Terence Conran and Luke Hughes.
Entry to the first stage of the church chair design competition,
launched in January, has now closed. The
competition had three categories: category 1 was open to students
and recent graduates, category 2 was for professionals and category
3 was for a chair or bench already in production.
The judging panel has met to select a shortlist of five
finalists to categories 1 and 2 and two in category 3. The panel
was chaired by the Rt Revd and Rt Hon Richard Chartres, Bishop of
London, and included furniture designer and maker, John Makepeace,
architectural enthusiast and illustrator, Matthew Rice, chair of
the Church Buildings Council, Anne Sloman, and vicar of St John's,
Revd Stephen Mason.
Designs have been judged on their sympathy with historic church
interiors, affordability, functionality, comfort and aesthetic
merit. It is hoped that some of these designs will be taken into
The Bishop of London will announce the overall winners of the
Design a Church Chair! competition on 14 June 2012
at an event to be accompanied by an exhibition of models and
prototypes at St John's Church, Hyde Park. John Makepeace will give
a short talk.
The exhibition will be open to preview between 2pm and 6pm on 13
June - all are welcome.
The Church of England is responsible for 16,000 parish churches,
12,500 of which are listed. As for all developments in church
buildings we aspire to the highest quality design for new
Bishop Richard said: "It has been very exciting to see such a
range of entries submitted to the competition from both young and
established designers. It was evident that applicants have given a
great deal of thought to the spaces for which they were designing
and the competition has proved to be a wonderful way of engaging
designers with the church. We hope that many will continue to
explore the possibilities that churches can offer them as places
which can nurture modern design. "
John Makepeace OBE, furniture designer and maker, said: "The
competition has attracted some excellent designs that will
complement church buildings through their simplicity of form, their
sound construction and their enduring quality."
Anne Sloman OBE, Chair of the Church Buildings Council, said:
"The point of the competition has been to raise both the standard
of chairs going into churches to replace pews, and to highlight the
potential that churches have to offer the design community and
those just entering the profession."
Visit the ChurchCare website for further details.
The Judging Panel:
The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Richard Chartres, Bishop of London
John Makepeace OBE - furniture designer and maker
Matthew Rice - illustrator and architectural enthusiast
The Revd Stephen Mason - Vicar of St John's, Hyde Park
Anne Sloman OBE - Chair, Church Buildings Council
Category 1: Design a chair to retail under £100, open to
students & recent graduates.
- Ian Smith (Foundation degree, Rycotewood Furniture Centre,
- Luke White (MA in Design, University of Plymouth, 2010)
- Harry Owen (MA in Furniture Design, Bucks New University,
- Nick Shurey (BSc in Architecture, University of Bath,
- Marie Blanchot (Licence and Master in Architecture, Ecole
National Superieure D'architecture de Bretagne, France, 2009)
Category 2: Design a chair to retail under £200, open to
- Sir Terence Conran
- Julian Evans from BroomeJenkins
- Søren Rose Studio
- Tomoko Azumi & TNA Design Studio
- David Colwell
Category 3: A seat (bench or chair) already in
- Luke Hughes Ltd
- Simon Pengelly for Chorus
St John's Hyde Park:
Hyde Park Crescent, London W2 2QD.
A Commissioners' church built in 1831 to the designs of Charles
Fowler. Grade II listed.