his autumn marks 40 years since courses first began at Parnham College, the world famous design school created by John Makepeace OBE, that trained a fascinating new generation of international designers whose work has changed contemporary design ever since.
Celebrating the milestone anniversary, John Makepeace, winner of the 2016 Prince Philip Designers Prize, has curated ‘Beyond Parnham’ – an exclusive 184-page book, detailing Parnham College’s innovative vision and cultural legacy, revealing for the first time, highly personal reflections from the designer-makers and esteemed tutors who trained them.
Combining the art, craft and business of furniture-making in one immersive two-year residential course, Parnham College inspired a design approach that ignited the careers of its illustrious alumni – award-winning designers that include highly influential names such as Konstantin Grcic, Wales and Wales, Sean Sutcliffe (Benchmark), David Linley (Linley), Mark Boddington (Silver Lining), Juliane Trummer (from the 787 Dreamliner team), Steuart Padwick, Jake Phipps, Sarah Kay, Jim Partridge and Guy Mallinson (RIBA Awards Short List 2017).
Curated by John Makepeace OBE, FCSD, FRSA, founder and director of Parnham College, this limited-edition glossy tome weaves together the shared history and the values instilled that continue to flourish across the world of contemporary design.
Rich in anecdotes, photographs and abiding affection, ‘Beyond Parnham’ highlights the human-centred approach to fine craftsmanship, the spirit of the educational phenomenon that nurtured it and how the individuals were inspired with an unprecedented expression of design that has shaped their careers ever since.
Share in the history, the stories and the client-led projects that built Parnham’s reputation and discover how the ethos of this inspirational furniture making school continues to influence the world of design.
Introduced by Sir Nicholas Frayling, there are essays by John Makepeace and Lesley Jackson with contributions by 100 Parnham alumni who reflect on their stellar careers forty years on.
Beyond Parnham is limited to 1000 exclusive copies. The handsome, matt book has 184 pages and 191 photographs.
The book is a labour of love and is privately published, retailing at £35.00 + P&P (UK £5.00, Europe £12.00, America £17.00, Far East/Australia/NZ £18.00). For information and to reserve your copy, please click here.
Copies are also available for sale from The Design Museum.
Join an esteemed line-up of speakers including Richard Sennett, John Makepeace, Glenn Adamson and Catharine Rossi in an exclusive talk about the importance of making, design and the future of craftsmanship.
Parnham and The Matter of Making
Beyond Parnham will be officially launched at the Design Museum on the 5th Sept 2017, 18:15-19:45.
Join an esteemed line-up of speakers including Prof. Richard Sennett, John Makepeace, Glenn Adamson and Catharine Rossi in an exclusive talk about the importance of making, design and the future of craftsmanship
To celebrate the 40-year anniversary since courses began at Parnham College and the launch of the exceptional 180-page book ‘Beyond Parnham’, the Design Museum is bringing together these leading voices in the field of craft to discuss the legacy of Parnham College and the value of making and craftsmanship in design today.
This will be quite an event and you are warmly invited to join the ticketed evening.
As well as the event chaired by the panel above, and a detailed Q&A session, John Makepeace will be signing copies of Beyond Parnham. The book will also be available for purchase during this special evening.