TV star Linda Barker inspires Kitchen Design students

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Date: 15th Feb 2018

‘Kitchens are the heart of the home’ was the message from TV presenter and Designer Linda Barker in a fascinating talk to students studying the Foundation Degree in Kitchen Design with Buckinghamshire New University.

The well-known star said: “Kitchens are the most important aspect to get right in the home and impact on so many ways in which we live our lives. I find kitchens fascinating and, designed well, they can have a great effect on creating a beautiful home.

“As designers, it is important you find your niche and part of finding that niche is being able to look around and see what other designers are doing. Good design is obvious, great design is transparent.

“That is where this course works so well, in ensuring that the kitchen designers of the future are competent and proficient in their style and approach. The students are fortunate to have the resources and expertise on this course at their fingertips.”

Craig Matson, Johnny Grey, Linda Barker,  Natalie Parkins, Paul Lighterness

The Foundation Degree in Kitchen Design is a distance-learning course and the students were attending a residential session at Missenden Abbey, which is owned by Bucks New University.

Course Leader Paul Lighterness said: "The talk by Linda Barker was very inspirational for students, showing a real passion for her desire to create, inspired by everyday objects and ceramics to influence the feel and look of a space, translating and transcending into innovative designs and spaces.”

Johnny Grey, Visiting Professor in Kitchen Design at Bucks New University, said: “We were delighted that students were able to benefit from Linda Barker’s wealth of expertise and experience and hear about her latest projects.

"We look to provide two to three expert speakers from the kitchen design industry at each residential session to give a different perspective to our students and supplement the curriculum and visits they take to companies and design museums.”

Craig Matson is Managing Director of Roundhouse and Chairman of The Kitchen Education Trust (TKET), which provides the kitchen industry with a formal platform to assist with the Foundation Degree in Kitchen Design.

He added: “TKET is encouraged that the FDa Kitchen Design course that we support continues to provide speakers of the highest calibre.

"It is important the students on the course are exposed to a wide range of learning from a diverse group of visiting lecturers. This will result in a fully rounded education in kitchen design and those who have attended the course will be better equipped to meet the challenges of our fast-paced industry.”  

Other experts who presented during the latest residency included Simon Jones from BSH Kitchen Division exploring the idea of ‘smart homes’ and looking at the future of kitchen space.

Students also visited a number of leading partners in the kitchen design industry with inspirational visits to manufacturers and producers including Kitchen Design House and Roundhouse and leading technology and research centres including Blum and Miele.

Second-year students visited Maggie’s Centre in Oxford, which offers specialist advice to people with cancer, to gain a greater understanding of user centric design and how space can be used in a functional way to support and assist in rehabilitation.

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