British furniture manufacturer and interiors design business Mark Taylor Design is supporting budding designers with the provision of a scholarship in conjunction with TKET for a student on the Foundation Degree Course in Kitchen Design at Buckinghamshire New University.
As well as co-sponsoring student Ben Paddon’s course fees, Mark Taylor Design has also employed him as a trainee designer at its Buckinghamshire HQ, where he works closely with the team three days a week alongside his studies.
Qualified engineer Ben, who already has a BA in Furniture Design and Craft, was able to join the second year of the three-year, distance-learning course in September due to his existing qualifications and experience.
Founded in 1996, Mark Taylor Design creates distinctive, bespoke furniture and joinery and so is ideally placed to mentor Ben through the course and help him hone his skills in luxury kitchen design. Last year, the company also launched an interior design and sourcing division and now offers a complete project management service for clients.
“We’re delighted to be championing the kitchen industry’s quest to raise standards among the next generation of designers by working with Ben and supporting him through his degree,” said Mark Taylor. “All the team at Mark Taylor Design relish the opportunity to share our knowledge and experience of creating bespoke furniture and interiors with him. In turn, he brings some great ideas to us.”
Ben, who will graduate in 2018 and work for Mark Taylor Design as a qualified designer, says he is thoroughly enjoying applying what he is learning on the course to the projects he is working on with the team at Mark Taylor Design.
Picture shows: Mark Taylor Design trainee designer Ben Paddon, left,
with Mark Taylor, right, inside the design studio in Buckinghamshire.