Posted 13th Jun 2018

BCT unveils winner of Central Saint Martins initiative

By KBBDaily on 13th June 2018 - 08:00am
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British Ceramic Tile – BCT – has named Nishat Tahsin, pictured, as the winner of its first ever initiative with Central Saint Martins, which challenged the college’s ceramic design students to create a new tile design that tapped into the buzz around the Royal Wedding.

Tahsin – who has won a two-week placement with the BCT design team as well as a £500 gift voucher – is a third-year student on the ceramic design course. She used William Morris’s floral motifs as her inspiration and combined them with designs inspired by the industrial revolution.

“I’m so happy to have won this, it will be great to understand the ins and outs of working in-house with a big company and discover more about how they work day-to-day,” she said. “It was hard to choose which avenue to go down when this nation has such a great deal to boast.

“We have iconic designers, famous landmarks and a beautiful landscape, but I settled on the idea of the industrial revolution because of the huge impact it had on our economy. I drew up some collages to explore my ideas further, combining elements of the revolution with designs inspired by one of my favourite designers and I think the overall aged effect looks great on ceramic.”

BCT design and product head Claire O’Brien – who judged the entries with ceramic design course leader Anthony Quinn – added: “Nishat’s project was well thought out. She listened to mid-project feedback and delivered on the comments, creating a stunning design.

“As one of the only tile brands to design and manufacture products in Britain, we think it’s part of our role to run these initiatives and support the incredible young talent that we have in this country,” she added.

“We will be able to offer Nishat the professional insight she needs when it comes to working in the design industry from planning and trend boards, initial design and prototypes – through to final production.”

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