Designer chairs fund fantastic furniture scholarships at Fife College – FE News

Four furniture students from Fife College have received a boost after receiving special scholarships funded by the sale of designer chairs.

John Hancock, Claire Forsyth, Justyna Stanka, all from Dunfermline, and Anna Matthew, from Hillend, received a Renton Scholarship.

Awarded by Adam Smith Scholarships, part of Fife College, the Renton Scholarship was established in memory of Stuart and Ethnic Renton (of Edinburgh and Rannoch) who loved modernist furniture design, especially middle pieces of the century and Scandinavian craftsmanship.

The family generously donated some of the proceeds from the sale of chairs and other furniture to Fife College to help students with their studies.

Stuart Renton was an architect and took pride in his fine Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen and Eames designer chairs, as well as a selection of Italian and Danish interior products and works by contemporary Scottish artists and craftsmen.

Open to students of the NC Furniture, HNC Furniture and HND Furniture courses, part of the scholarship application was to produce a 1:5 scale model of a classic chair design.

This year’s winners each received a prize of £400, to be used for resources or materials to help them take the next step towards further education or employment.

Carol Renton, daughter of Stuart and Ethnicity, visited the College to meet the winners and present them with certificates.

HND Furniture student John Hancock said:

“I was delighted to learn that I had won! It’s a huge compliment to hear Carol Renton love my work! The money will help relieve so much pressure and help me in my future plans in my new career path.

“Also a big thank you to Carol for giving the students of Fife College this fantastic opportunity, we all appreciate her consideration and generosity!”

Anna Matthew, also on the HND Furniture course, said:

“I was quite surprised to find out that I was one of four scholarship recipients, it was the confidence boost I needed. After reading Carol’s feedback on my design, I feel reminded that I have the ability to create an exciting design.

Carol Renton said:

“Congratulations to this year’s winners – their chair designs were fantastic and they are all well deserving of their scholarships.

“My parents would have been thrilled to know that their beloved chairs were helping the next generation of furniture designers achieve their career goals.”

Lyn Gold, Head of Scholarships and Alumni Engagement at Fife College, said:

“We are very grateful to Carol and the Renton family for providing these scholarships which we know will have an immediate impact on the students’ university life and their projects.

“John, Justyna, Anna and Claire are extremely hardworking and talented students who deserve all of this year’s awards. We wish them good luck in their studies and careers.

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