OMK Design and Rodney Kinsman RDI

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OMK Design is a British design group. It was established in 1966 by Rodney Kinsman, Jerzy Olejnik, Bryan Morrison. They all trained at the London Central School of Arts and Crafts. The group produced its furniture, including its 1969 T5 chair.

Rodney Kinsman RDI

Rodney is today a renowned designer, manufacturer and businessman, and continues to lead OMK. Rodney’s Aspiration has always been to design progressive furniture using modern technology and using modern materials rather than simply following tradition.

Among his many awards and achievements, Rodney was appointed Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers in 1983, Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art in 1988 and Royal Designer of Industry in 1990.

Exhibitions

OMK Design’s work was shown at the 1966 Redfern Gallery exhibition in London, 1970 ‘Ideal Home’ in London, 1970 Expo ’70 Osaka, and 1970 ‘International Airport Exhibition’ in Amsterdam. Its T5 chair was shown at the 1969 ‘Décor International’ exhibition in London and 1970 ‘Modern Chairs 1918-1970’ exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in London. They were awarded the 1969 Observer Design Award.

Sources

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

OMK 1965 – Furniture Design London. omk1965v3. https://www.omk1965.com/rodney-kinsman.

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