I hadn’t planned on finding many residency programmes for furniture design/ making, but i was so excited when i came across one in association with one of my absolute favorite furniture making companies within the UK; Benchmark.

open invitations begin on the 19th May and submissions must be done before the 3rd July, with the residency commencing on the 1st September. The residency is paid, and would be an incredible experience giving me the chance to improve my skills to an industrial standard within a successful professional company.

‘Fixperts is about fixing for someone. It is a creative social platform and education project that invites people who are good at making and repair to fix for others. Fixperts has been described by commentators, including the New York Times, The Financial Times and Make Magazine as embodying the makers movements social engagement. It empowers people to apply their knowledge, skills and creativity to solve practical and social problems rather than accepting the world as they find it.

Finding a common ground in love for making and the importance of engaging with the next generation of designer makers, Sean’s idea for a Fixperts Residency will become a reality. The Fixperts Residency is a year-long paid placement within the Benchmark workshop, tasked with Design For Good – fixing for someone else. The applicant will be fully immersed in our workshop, with access to our master craftsmen and community.’