Mr Stuart Lawson

Job: Associate Head, School of Design / Subject Leader / Senior Lecturer

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Design

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 257 8977




Personal profile

Lecturer, University of Brighton (Faculty of Engineering). Product Innovation & Development MSc; Module Leader of the Prototyping, Materials & Manufacturing component

DESIGN CONSULTANT, Stuart Lawson Design & Development 2003-2006
Furniture design. Clients included Marks & Spencer and Homebase 

DESIGN CONSULTANT, Derhaag Lawson 2001-2003
Anglo-Dutch partnership specialising in furniture design, shop interiors and retail display. 

DESIGN CONSULTANT, at the third stroke 1999-2001
Supported by Deutsche Bank. Commissions ranged from restaurant interiors to furniture and exhibition design. Examples of the partnership’s work were included in the 2000 New Design & Technology at the Design Museum in London.

Key research outputs

Furniture Design: An Introduction to Development, Materials and Manufacturing (to be published by Laurence King in 2013

Enabling the Postgraduate Development of Enhanced Research Methodologies and Analytical Models for Primary Research (Conference Paper & Proceedings E&PDE 2011)

Are Entrepreneurship and Disruptive, Rather than Sustaining Innovation, Appropriate as Prime Foci for Product Design Curricula? (Conference Paper & Proceedings E&PDE 2012)

Research interests/expertise

  • Current practice and innovation in materials and manufacturing processes related to furniture. Also, furniture design history – predominantly related to materials and manufacturing
  • Design Pedagogy – particularly linked to research methodologies for product and furniture design

Areas of teaching

  • New Product Development
  • Research for Design
  • Professional Practice


  • BA (Hons) Three-Dimensional Design for Production (University of Brighton, 1994-1997)
  • MA RCA Design Products (Royal College of Art, 1997-1999)

Courses taught

  • Product Design BA (Hons)
  • Product Design BSc (Hons)
  • Product and Furniture Design BA (Hons)
  • Furniture Design BA (Hons)
  • Design Products MDes 
  • Product Design MA

Membership of external committees

  • Expert Advisory Group Member: DSTEM Project (University Alliance & Design Council Collaboration). 2012-


Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Royal Society of Arts (RSA): Fellow (2010-)


Conference attendance

E&PDE 2010 When Design Education and Design Research Meet...’ by Design Education, The Design Society & the Institute of Engineering Designers: Trondheim, September 2010.
Conference Paper presented. Author; Stuart Lawson. Trip and conference funded by Department of Product & Interior Design

E&PDE 2011 Design Education for Creativity and Business Innovation: London, September 2010.
Conference Paper presented. Author; Stuart Lawson. Trip and conference funded through KTP Staff Development fund.

Consultancy work

Areas of expertise: Domestic & Contract Furniture Design / Expert Witness related to furniture design.


Current research students

  • Deborah Jewison. PhD (2nd supervisor)
  • Frederieke Begeman. MPhil (2nd supervisor)

Internally funded research project information

Active-Stage Storage Primary Research Study (Initial study). 
FUNDING: Design and New Product Development Research Cluster-funded.
COLLABORATION: DMU Design Products & the Furniture Industry Research Association [FIRA] (Jan-May 2010). Principle Investigator: Stuart Lawson.

Stuart Lawson
Furniture Design: An introduction to development, materials and manufacturing - Stuart Lawson