Celebrating Women in Craft & Design

Harriet Poppy Design

The THIS GIRL MAKES project was founded by Harriet Poppy Speed, who graduated from Rycotewood Furniture Centre with a first class honours degree in Furniture Design and Make in August 2018. She now works as a Furniture Design Engineer for established furniture company, Ercol, based in Princes Risborough.

She is a young designer maker that combines her background in illustration with a love for making with natural materials. Her work encourages others to assert more value on curiosity and play through the objects they use, as she strives to redefine traditional archetypes of furniture in a playful and honest way. Her broad body of work provides her with opportunities to pass on practical skills and knowledge, as well as opening up new channels for discussion.

Her enthusiasm and wide skill set have allowed her to pursue a variety of projects, rewarding her with many exciting opportunities. The most significant have been attending the LINLEY Summer School in August 2017, the award for best undergraduate poster design at Oxford Brookes University’s Get Published Conference in April 2018, which outlined her research project: A Maker’s Guide to Grief, and recently winning Best in Show at the 2018 Young Furniture Makers Exhibition.


Harriet Poppy Speed photographed with her HINNY chairs, which were shortlisted for the Wood Awards Student Category in 2017.

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