Rycotewood Graduate Show: In The Making

Tuesday 12th July

Graduate show ‘In the Making’ will showcase work from the country’s sole remaining craft-focused undergraduate furniture course. Students from Rycotewood Furniture Centre have organised the exhibition of over 30 unique pieces of handcrafted furniture at the Furniture Makers’ Hall in London, demonstrating a combination of design and conceptual thinking, communicated through exceptional craftsmanship.

Highly respected in the industry for over 75 years, Rycotewood Furniture Centre (Oxford) aims to nurture creative design and technical craft skills with a focus on working in wood. Rycotewood alumni and renowned furniture designer Simon Pengelly will formally introduce the evening at 6pm, though the event will be open from 2pm earlier that day.

With an approach rooted in making, twelve graduating students from the BA (Hons) Furniture programme will be exhibiting a range of work displaying experimentation and creativity though a variety of materials and processes.

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The work on display will show individual responses to projects set throughout the past year including; the live brief ‘A Boardroom for Two’ set by Hands of Wycombe and sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers, exploratory personal research projects and a batch production project to produce a small craft object. Each exhibit will represent the journey from idea, through design and development, to a finished piece, beautifully executed to the highest levels of craftsmanship.

The show will be the culmination of three years’ training in the field of furniture and has been curated by the students with a view to celebrate making as the core of their practice and to present new ideas and concepts to the industry.

“Rycotewood stands head and shoulders above any course I have seen in providing students with the necessary skill set for this industry.”

–Simon Pengelly


“… over the last 30 years my best assistants have been Rycotewood graduates… I think Rycotewood can deservedly consider itself as the leading educational institution for the aspiring furniture-maker.”

Dr Philip Koomen FRSA


“I’m really impressed with your workshops and course and will be telling everyone that you guys are very much holding the torch of furniture making in higher education.”

–Sebastian Cox

2pm – 8pm. Drinks reception at 6pm formally introduced by Simon Pengelly.

Furniture Makers’ Hall,
12 Austin Friars,

For further information please contact:

Joseph Bray     – Joseph.Bray@ActivateLearning.ac.uk

01865 550175


Liverpool Street Station – approx.. 6 minutes’ walk.

Exit Liverpool Street tube station on Old Broad Street and head south. After crossing over the main A1211 (Wormwood Street), take the second right into Austin Friars. Walk to the T-junction at the end and you will find us diagonally opposite you on the right.

Moorgate Station – approx.. 5 minutes’ walk

Exit Moorgate tube station using the exit ‘Moorgate East Side’, turn towards London Wall and walk for approximately 100 metres, take the second left onto London Wall. Walk for approximately 150 metres and then turn right onto Thorgmorton Avenue. Walk for 100 metres and then turn left onto Austin Friars. The Hall is number 12 and has a flag outside.

Bank Station – approx. 6 minutes’ walk

Exit Bank tube station using exit 2 onto Threadneedle Street. Turn left and walk for approximately 150 metres, take the second left onto Old Broadstreet. Walk for 100 metres and take the first left into Austin Friars. The Hall is number 12, located opposite the Dutch Church and has a flag outside.







About Alys Bryan

Alys' experience as a furniture designer, along with her in-depth marketing knowledge, makes her uniquely placed to work with the BCFA as the Editor of Design Insider and run her marketing business, Method Communications.
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