ELLE Decoration Magazine
British Design Awards 2015
Best Furniture Design
“Liam Treanor won our hearts with his oak and ash designs featuring elegant tapered details.”
This was the comment that the judges made of the Best Furniture Design winner, Liam Treanor. “I’m heavily influenced by architecture,” says Liam. The ‘Santiago’ collection was inspired by the work of Spanish Architect, Santiago Calatrava. Liam’s ‘Lina’ desk and ‘Affonso’ stool, both part of that range, are named after mid-century architects, Lina Bo Bardi and Affonso Eduardo Reidy. Liam continued, “If I wasn’t a furniture designer, I would be designing buildings.”
From the family home in Geddington, Liam’s career started at Geddington School, continuing at Bishop Stopford School and then completing one year at Moulton College in the ‘Making & Installing Furniture Course’, where he received a distinction and top student award. This is normally awarded to a second, final, year student, but as Liam had decided to leave Moulton for a university course, where he could advance his desire to become a designer, he received the award that year.
Liam went to Lincoln University where he completed ‘Batchelor of Arts in Furniture with First Class Honours’ and ‘Best Student BA Honours Furniture Studies.’
All Liam’s furniture is made from FSC-certified* oak and white ash, materials chosen for their texture, warmth and familiarity. “Humans have worked with wood for thousands of years,” he says. “I feel a great deal of pride in continuing that tradition.”
Congratulations to Liam on this very prestigious award!
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*FSC (Forest Stewardship Council). Forests are inspected and certified against strict standards based on FSC’s 10 Principles of Forest Stewardship. These inspections are undertaken by independent organisations, such as the Soil Association, that are accredited by the FSC. In order to be given FSC certification a forest must be managed in an environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable manner. This is what makes the FSC system unique and ensures that a forest is well-managed from the protection of indigenous people’s rights to the methods of felling trees. Forests that meet these strict standards are given FSC certification and the timber allowed to carry the FSC label. Further information from: www.fsc-uk.org.