The BBC – supported by leading national educational institutions, design companies and manufacturers such as Bisley – held a major competition to create state-of-the-art pieces of furniture for the ID:SR design interiors at the new BBC Wales Broadcast Centre. The winners include a flexible storage system and fabric design, all closely ties to Welsh culture and manufacturing.

The winning designs – inspired by nature and the poetry of Dylan Thomas, say the creators – will be manufactured by leading furniture company Bisley and fabric producer Camira, and will also benefit from work placements at the manufacturers to develop and deliver their designs. The runners-up will also receive an offer of a work placement at ID:SR Sheppard Robson.

The furniture award went to James Gould, a second year BA (Hons) Interior Design student at the University of South Wales in Cardiff. Inspired by the adaptability of nature, James designed a modular storage system that can flex to the specific requirements of the user. Bisley delightfully announced that James has begun a three-week placement at Bisley’s head offices in Newport.

The fabric award was given to Emily O’Reilly from Carmarthen School of Arts at Coleg Sir Gar. Emily’s project designed fabrics inspired by the poetry of Dylan Thomas.