Roy Tam, artist and designer, is an award winning furniture and product designer trained at the Royal College of Art, Imperial College and Hooke Park, and a lecturer in 3D Design at the University of Plymouth. With 9 years' experience in product design consultancy in the UK and US, and 12 years as partner of eco designer David Colwell at Trannon Furniture, producing a range of contemporary furniture including dining tables, chairs, stools, benches, sideboards, cabinets, CD holders, shelving and reception desks for modern domestic, contract and heritage interiors.
Based in Dorset, Roy's small batched-produced limited run furniture is made from sustainable ash thinnings from woodlands nearby. Corporate projects include receptions, conference rooms, boardrooms, cafes, restaurants, museum seating and eco trophies, with customers like the Natural History Museum, the King's Fund, NHS, Dillington House, Bankside Gallery, Edward Marshall Trust, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Southern Arts, Hampshire County Architects, Forestry Commission and Wessex Water.
His High Stool was featured in both the Independent's and the Observer's 10 Best Eco Designs and also won a professional award from the Guild of Master Craftsmen's Cabinet Maker Magazine. Un-adorned by fashion, his timeless designs are styled by respect for people and nature, so you can enjoy them knowing that your furniture have been responsibly made. Current and previous outlets includes Artifex, Ferrers Gallery, Artizana, Purves + Purves, Bluecoat Display Centre, Scottish Gallery, Grace Barrand Design Studio, Beatrice Royal Gallery, the V&A Museum shop, Bristol's Create Eco-Centre and the Crafts Council shop.
Roy's furniture has been shown at 100% DESIGN, Conservation by Design (Rhode Island School of Design), the Smithsonian (Washington), Exempla (Munich), Chelsea Crafts Fair, the Crafts Council's 'Collect', the New Forest Show, Mode, Dorset Art Weeks, Art In Action, Artisan (Edinburgh Festival), Country Living, The Craft Movement, House and Garden Fair, Betty Norbury's Celebration for Craftsmanship, Blenheim Palace Flower Show, Festival of Gardens at Westonburt Arboretum, RHS Hampton Court, RHS Tatton Park, Ideal Home, Burghley Horse Trial, Salisbury Festival, BBC Good Homes, and Classics (Belgium).
Press features include AXIS (Japan), Design Week, Design, Blueprint, FX, idFX, Independent, Guardian, Observer, Telegraph, Sunday Times, Living etc, Ethical Consumer, Eco Design Handbook, BBC Good Homes, Design4Living, Elle Decoration, World of Interiors, the Right Angle, House and Garden, Homes and Gardens, Country Living, Furniture and Cabinetmaking, Interior Designer, Evolver, Icon, Concept for Living and the Green Consumer guide.
Roy graduated in Industrial Design Engineering from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College Joint Course, winning the Braun International Prize for Industrial Design, and was senior Industrial Designer at Cambridge Consultants Ltd, subsequently setting up a product design department at their US parent company, Arthur D Little Inc. He then joined John Makepeace's Hooke Park Eco Project at the Parmhan Trust, and partnered David Colwell as marketing director to develop Trannon Furniture into a well respected brand.
Roy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an external examiner at University of the Arts, Camberwell, and have been a visiting lecturer nationwide, aiming to take up a meaningful role in the promotion of sustainable design to the next generation. He was a small business mentor for Arts Matrix and was a committee member of the Design Council's Kite Mark selection panel. He is also an adviser, judge and write reviews for a number of exhibitions. Eco furniture at its best!
Last Updated 1 Mar 2011
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