We visited the 7th National Furniture Fair showing the work of 50 Bangladeshi furniture manufacturers.
We met Atif Rashid, the director of the Design and Technology Centre www.dtc-bd.com. The DTC is a not for profit organization attempting to introduce the idea of product and furniture design into the Bangladeshi educational system and economy. Atif is also trying to promote the value of design to the local manufacturers as a way of giving them a competitive advantage to grow in their own market and outside of Bangladesh.
We were shown round the exhibition and talked about the opportunity of setting up a project and workshops to make links with UK colleges and manufacturers. We discussed the value of locally sourced materials and ethical production and Atif mentioned a project he has worked on with jute and leather in Japan www.gograssy.com. We hope we will be able to work with Atif in the future.