To celebrate the natural creativity of youngsters, we teamed up with Ashley Manor, a UK award-winning upholstery expert, to launch a nationwide design competition called ‘My Sofa is’.
Gracee Denning, aged 10, has been crowned the top designer, with her school inspired sofa winning first place in a national vote. The Essex youngster entered her design (below) with the caption: “My sofa is… all about my school, it’s bright and will make people happy when they see it. I came up with this sofa because I realised school has lots of equipment and subjects and I’ve put all these into our super school sofa.”
Ashley Manor will work with Gracee to make her sofa a reality and donate it to Gracee’s school, Noak Bridge Primary School in Basildon. Gracee has also been given the trip of a lifetime to Disneyland Paris. On winning the competition, Gracee said:
“I am extremely happy! What came as a surprise for me was not only my sofa being made for my school, but also a trip to Disneyland!! As well as all this, I have the lovely comments that people wrote about me.
“I hope to carry on with art in the future, and with my job when I am older. I would like to be a photographer, or sell my pieces of art and become an amazing artist. I am so so happy that I won, thank you so much.”
Children across the UK were invited to enter the competition, with us receiving over 300 entries. Some of the runners up can be seen below: