Roy Tam, artist and designer, is an award winning furniture and product designer trained at the Royal College of Art, Imperial College and Hooke Park, and a lecturer in 3D Design at Plymouth University. He has 9 years' experience in one of UK’s top design consultancy, and 12 years as partner director of eco designer David Colwell at Trannon Furniture, producing a range of contemporary furniture including dining tables, chairs, stools, benches, sideboards and reception desks for modern domestic, contract and heritage interiors.
Based in Dorset, Roy's small batched-produced limited run furniture is made from sustainable ash thinnings sourced from woodlands nearby. Corporate projects include receptions, boardrooms, restaurants and museum seating, with customers like the Natural History Museum, the King's Fund, NHS, Dillington House, Bankside Gallery, Hampshire County Architects, Forestry Commission and Wessex Water.
His High Stool was featured in both the Independent's and the Observer's 10 Best Eco Designs and also won a professional award from the Guild of Master Craftsmen's Cabinet Maker Magazine. Un-adorned by fashion, his timeless designs are styled by respect for people and nature, so you can enjoy them knowing that your furniture have been responsibly made. Current and previous outlets includes Artifex, Ferrers Gallery, Artizana, Purves + Purves, Bluecoat Display Centre, Scottish Gallery, Grace Barrand Design Studio, Beatrice Royal Gallery, the V&A Museum shop, Bristol's Create Eco-Centre and the Crafts Council shop.
Roy's furniture has been shown at 100% DESIGN, Milan Salone Satellite, Dutch Design Week, the Smithsonian, Rhode Island School of Design, Exempla (Munich), Art In Action, Chelsea Crafts Fair, Collect, New Forest Show, Edinburgh Festival, Country Living, The Craft Movement, House and Garden, and Celebration for Craftsmanship.
Press features include AXIS (Japan), Design Week, Design, Blueprint, FX, idFX, Independent, Guardian, Observer, Telegraph, Sunday Times, Living etc, Ethical Consumer, Eco Design Handbook, BBC Good Homes, Design4Living, Elle Decoration, World of Interiors, the Right Angle, House and Garden, Homes and Gardens, Country Living, Furniture and Cabinetmaking, Interior Designer, Evolver, Icon, Concept for Living and the Green Consumer guide.
Roy graduated in Industrial Design Engineering from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College Joint Course, winning the Braun International Prize for Industrial Design, and was senior Industrial Designer at Cambridge Consultants Ltd, subsequently setting up a product design department at their US parent company, Arthur D Little Inc. He then joined John Makepeace's Hooke Park Eco Project at the Parmhan Trust, and partnered David Colwell as marketing director to develop Trannon Furniture into a well respected brand.
Roy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was an external examiner at University of the Arts London, Manchester Metropolitan University, and an adviser for the Rycotewood Furniture course. He is a visiting lecturer nationwide, aiming to take up a meaningful role in the promotion of sustainable design to the next generation. He was a small business mentor for Arts Matrix and was a committee member of the Design Council's Kite Mark selection panel. He is also an adviser, judge and write reviews for a number of exhibitions. Eco furniture at its best!
Last Updated 1 Jan 2016
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