Ryan Pickford

Design as a term covers such a wide area of study, which is what I love about it. Every design provides new challenges and opportunities. My Major and Minor projects are key examples of that, from the inner mechanics of the blooming light to the extensive manufacturing and testing of the changeable desk.
Through placement at Scarlett Design I had the opportunity to design furniture for the likes of Made.com, Heals and Mamas and Papa’s. These experiences fine-tuned me and my design style to follow market trends whilst also stepping slightly ‘out of the box’ to make new and innovative design solutions.
In my work I enjoy refining every detail, from the finite workings of the product to the way it will eventually be manufactured. I find that the best designs are the ones that look and perform well, whilst also surprising and captivating consumers in a way other designs do not.


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Lily, The Blooming Light


Lily is an exploration into the natural movement of flowers, brought together in a functional, commercial and fascinating pendant light. Designed for the social rooms of the home the light provides the unique feature of being able to physically adjust the light in a room through the movement of its petals, not only mimicking the blooming of a flower but also stunning those who see the light flourish.
The movement itself is completely contained within the light and adjusted via a dimmer switch on the consumers wall. This way the lights movement doesn’t hinder the user any more than a regular dimmable light, whist providing much more of an experience for those who see it. Marketed for the likes of John Lewis and Heal’s, the light is the first of its kind to be brought to the decorative light market.



Children’s furniture has always suffered with the problem of being short lasting, after all children grow up fast and many furniture products struggle to adapt to changes in a child’s personality and functional needs. Harmony however is an exception to this trend. Starting as a learning and toy storage centre bought for a child during their toddler years, Harmony adapts with the child as they grow. It converts to a children’s desk as the child moves into primary school and continues to grow with them throughout their teens and onto adulthood. Unlike other products on the market Harmony also keeps up with a child’s changing personality and environment with adaptable looks and layouts. By doing this Harmony aims to reduce the amount of furniture parents purchase for their children during their time at home, from the age of three up to the age of eighteen and beyond.