SeanDare-DM 003Recently ACID’s CEO Dids Macdonald was privileged to be made a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers together with seven others, including ACID member Sean Dare of Dare Studio. Fundamental to the WCFM is having one foot firmly in the past – ensuring Britain’s heritage of excellence in cabinet making and furniture design is upheld, with the other foot placed firmly in the future, enabling tomorrow’s furniture designers innovate and find inspiration. The inauguration was just that.

Left -  Dids Macdonald and  Sean Dare meet up again at 100 % Design


Bucks Furniture Design MA Course Tutor Dr Lynn Jones and Tony Smart of the WCFM were the driving forces behind a truly inspirational week’s summer school in Italy. Director and founder Diego Paccagnella of LAGO provided access to their factory and design studios and the students lived, ate, worked and had fun while working together in rural Italian surroundings. This amazing journey included a visit with Giancarlo Piretti (of Plia chair fame) who personally hosted a workshop.

The brief for the week was ‘to research, develop, design furniture (or furniture related products)  to improve the learning experiences of College and University students.’  The inspirational ideas and creative thought (translated into potentially exciting outcomes) were presented at the WCFM - a dynamic result charged with real enthusiasm. If ACID readers are interested I am sure that Lynn Jones would be really happy to talk about the project and the WCFM’s involvement.

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