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13.15 - 14.15

Community Collective: the Fogo Island Story


The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Level 4   -

- Handmade modern: the dynamics of outport furniture
- Driving a thriving design industry in an unlikely setting: establishing a self-reliant collection of local design hubs  
- Replicating the Fogo Island residency programme: how can design invigorate your community?

Businesswoman Zita Cobb has used cutting-edge architecture and design to revitalise the economy of her native community, the remote Fogo Island in Newfoundland. The furniture collection of the Fogo Island Inn (a community-owned social business) resulted from a dynamic collaboration between local makers and international designers. Cobb, co-founder of the Inn and its parent organisation Shorefast Foundation, will discuss how design acted as a servant of people and place to mould a collection derived from the intellectual property of a centuries-old fishing community.  

Zita Cobb, entrepreneur and founder, Shorefast Foundation 

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