Design student’s legacy to college

Northalleton College design student Lui Zatrak, 18, of Northallerton, with his learning curve storage and reading bench.
Northalleton College design student Lui Zatrak, 18, of Northallerton, with his learning curve storage and reading bench.
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A TALENTED designer is sitting pretty after leaving his school a lasting learning legacy.

Northallerton College A-level graduate Lui Zatrak’s innovative storage and reading bench – dubbed ‘The Learning Curve’ – is to take pride of place in the school’s library.

Lui, 18, who will be studying Product Design at Teesside University from September, came up with the idea for the seat of learning, which is also to be entered into the North East Business and Education partnership (NYBEP) design awards, as part of his A-level coursework.

Lui, of Northallerton, who came to England aged ten from Slovakia, said: “I have had my designs entered into the NYBEP awards from GCSE to AS-level and have always finished runner-up so hopefully this will be third time lucky.

“The concept for this product came from my exam brief to come up with an original learning tool which could also display resources and be used as a seating area.

“It was initially designed for schoolchildren but would also be ideal for businesses, colleges, waiting rooms and even bedrooms.

“It was very flattering that the college’s library manager liked it so much that it will now be used in the newly refurbished library.”

“I feel extremely proud to be leaving behind a little bit of my work in the college that future generations of students will enjoy as I move on to the next stage in my education.”

Design technology teacher Geoff Simpson added: “Lui’s design is very creative and merges different aspects of design practices into one useful and very innovative product.”