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Joshua brings his ‘Modern Twist’ on furniture design to Manchester Craft and Design Centre

28 February 2017

Three Dimensional Design graduate's solo show open until 20 May

BA Three Dimensional Design graduate Joshua Till has celebrated the opening of his solo exhibition ‘Modern Twist: Steam Bent Furniture by Joshua Till’ at Manchester Craft and Design Centre, in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

Joshua presents a collection of furniture that combines his final year work and new pieces produced specially for this exhibition. All pieces fuse minimalist and Modernist aesthetics, with the traditional technique of steam-bending beech and ash wood.

The solo exhibition follows Joshua’s win of the MMU Graduate Award at the Manchester School of Art Degree Show 2016. The award, given by Manchester Craft and Design Centre, offers one talented graduate a solo exhibition alongside bespoke professional development support. Now in its eleventh year, previous graduates from Manchester School of Art include ceramicist Verity Howard and textiles artist Elizabeth Jane Winstanley.

‘This is an extremely important award,’ commented Joe McCullagh, Head of Design at Manchester School of Art, ‘it really supports our Three Dimensional Design students during a very challenging period between graduation and setting up as a freelancer.

The support given by Manchester Craft and Design Centre is exceptional, as it gives out students the much-needed professional development support and advice.

Creatively, this leads to a three-month solo exhibition, which is an incredible launch pad for work from such an established craft and design centre.’

Steam-bending is an ancient process that has historically been used to produce everything from boats, to wine barrels and weapons. In the below video, Joshua demonstrates the technique he used to create his collection.

Modern Twist: Steam Bent Furniture by Joshua Till from Manchester Craft on Vimeo.

It's not only Joshua's work that is currently on display. Until 1 April, the work of BA Three Dimensional Design graduate Francesca Lobb and BA Textiles in Practice graduate Molly Coldicott is been showcased and sold in current designer and maker studios at the centre as part of Future Makers.

'Modern Twist: Steam Bent Furniture by Joshua Till' runs until 20 May, for more information, please visit the Manchester Craft and Design Centre website.