International furniture school Chippendale has announced its latest batch of winners from its recent graduates, with a Russian student claiming the top gong for first time in the school’s 31-year history.
The East Lothian teaching facility selected Iana Molotok, from St Petersburg, as its Student of the Year for her collection that included a wych elm chair.
The Chippendale International School of Furniture also awarded accolades for the Best Portfolio to Mike Whittall, from Aberdeenshire, Design Student of the Year to Anne-Lise Maire from Stasbourg in France, Students’ Choice to Adam Stone from Perth in Scotland, and Graham Clark from Fife was awarded the Professor Richard Demarco Prize 2016.
Following graduation, Iana, Mike, Anne-Lise and Adam have all set up their own furniture businesses; Credenza Studio, Ochre & Wood, Gild Ma Frog Furniture and Adam Stone Furniture respectively, as they begin their individual careers.
Anselm Fraser, the school’s principal, said: “This year’s graduates have all shown exceptional skill and craftsmanship, and it was very difficult to choose winners. Our course is designed to give students the very best training in furniture design, making and restoration and, with their proven talent, give them the building blocks for future success.”
Each year the award-winning Chippendale International School of Furniture takes students from around the world for immersive 30-week courses.