We caught up with Andy King of Furniture Design Studio King & Webbon, who exhibited as a part of One Year In 2018.
Tell us about your OYI Experience.
One Year In was a fantastic experience. What really stands out is the support and advice in advance of exhibiting. This really focuses your mind on what you need to have in place by the time you exhibit, how you can present yourself and your work to get the best results, and that having a successful business requires a lot more than simply designing and making! The One Year In team provided comprehensive information to help plan your exhibit and made us feel very valued to be selected in the first place. When it comes to exhibition time, we were tested to present ourselves and our work, which although a little daunting, is such a valuable experience if you want to advance as a designer maker. We were fortunate enough to get 2 major pieces of press in the build up to New Designers as a direct result of being part of One Year In. I highly recommend any new designer-makers to apply to exhibit at One Year In to advance your business.
What are your hope and aspirations for the future?
Based on excellent feedback and specific discussions at One Year In, we’re currently liaising with some exciting organisations to retail select pieces of our freestanding furniture range, and exploring ways to increase production while being able to offer more competitive prices. Alongside the bespoke commissions and fitted furniture that continue to form a key part of our business, I hope to gain several new stockists for our expanding freestanding furniture range. We are on track to be able to offer a sensibly priced ‘designer flat pack’ range with broad appeal to both the contract and public market, and hope to continue making our more exclusive pieces for discerning clients. We hope to grow King and Webbon and significantly increase revenue through the business.
Why should emerging designers apply for One Year In?
One Year In is a fantastic platform and source of valuable information for designer makers near the beginning of their creative journeys. Not only does exhibiting give you exposure to industry and public clients, it also forces you to get yourself more organised so you can display and talk about your work with confidence. Unlike other design exhibitions, One Year In provides a raft of excellent business advice and support ahead of exhibiting to make sure you get the very best from the experience, and is excellent value for money.
Applications are now open for One Year In 2019.
Deadline Extended to 7 February 2019!