Ben Perkins graduated from Camberwell’s BA 3D Design course in June 2015. In September this year, he was selected from 5,000 applicants as one of 16 graduates to represent the University of the Arts London at Design Junction.
Forming part of the London Design Festival, Design Junction exhibits the work of cutting edge designers and brands. Ben’s flat pack ‘Perki Furniture’ caught the eye of both designers and buyers resulting in orders from a range of companies including the renowned department store, Harrods.
Inspired by Anglo-Italian methodologies Ben aims to create space saving furniture through traditional craft techniques. His furniture range, consisting of the PerkiDesk and PerkiChair, are made from white American ash wood and are easily collapsible, creating simple space saving solutions.
Ben took an unusual route before joining Camberwell’s BA 3D Design course, initially being rejected from his UCAS choices and failing his first year at a different university. After being offered a new opportunity at Camberwell, Ben decided to focus his efforts on creating affordable and space saving designs.
Speaking about Ben’s work, BA 3D Design tutor Michael Hurley commented;
‘That idea that you can pack things up easily and be ready to go and then end up with something that’s a nice thing and not a dull identity-less object that you have no relationship with was important to Ben. Students may make things that they think will be good ideas but he kept things personal which I think is a strength.”
For more information on Ben’s ‘Perki Furniture’, please visit his Behance portfolio: