Sunderland University graduate cooks up design for South Shields kitchen firm

A Sunderland University graduate has helped showcase the history of South Shields kitchen firm Roundel with his design theme

Roundel Kitchens Sales and Commercial Director Jim Bebbington pictured with Sunderland University illustration graduate Chris Wilson
Roundel Kitchens Sales and Commercial Director Jim Bebbington pictured with Sunderland University illustration graduate Chris Wilson

Graduate Chris Wilson has cooked up a design theme to help a Tyneside kitchen firm showcase its products.

Chris, 23, has helped transform the Roundel factory space in South Shields by creating an urban theme which draws on the history of the company.

The Sunderland University illustration and design graduate was recommended by his tutor Joe Woodhouse for the project.

The factory space in South Shields will now be part of the company’s launch for their new product range.

Chris, from Murton in County Durham, said: “Looking at Roundel and what is in South Shields, it just made sense to go with the party on the beach theme.

“Everyone knows the kitchen is the cool place to hang out at a party.

“I wanted to paint people having fun because the audience would hopefully resonate with that feeling.”

Chris was employed by Roundel after working with the Sunderland Intern Factory – an initiative to recruit final-year students as soon as they have graduated, matching their specific skills to a suitable employer.

They then spend between three and 12 months with the organisation.

Since graduating, Chris has been working for Hallmark and is also an artist in residence at Sunderland University for its foundation illustration and design courses.

Joe Woodhouse, programme leader for the art and design foundation degrees at the university, said: “It is vital our arts, design and media students continue to get involved in vocational projects and real-world experiences.”

Jim Bebbington, sales and commercial director at Roundel, said: “We decided to convert what was an empty building downstairs.

“Chris came along with his proposal and the product launch team liked what he proposed – beach scenes with the products we supply to the marketplace, red being highlighted to tie in with our corporate colours – and we are delighted with the results.”

Roundel was established in South Shields in 1969 and is still run by the founding directors.

It is based at the Harton Centre, South Shields.

Harton College students have also created some artwork to decorate the walls to help the company showcase their new exhibition space.

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