Join us
Design-Nation is the Great British portfolio for Craft, Design and Product and offers a one stop destination for retailers, manufacturers and press together with industry professionals who want to commission, invest and source great British design.

Design-Nation is positioned as a premier level of membership network for designer-makers in the UK, with both a national and international profile and activity programme.

Membership is selected by peers and industry professionals and is open to all practicers of Craft, Product and Design from across the United Kingdom. Once selected through a twice yearly open selection submission process, Members have access to benefits, subsidised exhibition opportunities and group networking within Design-Nation.

Our members can benefit from new opportunities whilst we seek to actively grow the UK’s creative community, working with a diverse and exciting range of partners.

Friends of the organisation include The National Centre for Craft & Design, Design Factory, The Southbank Centre, New Designers Exhibition, Decorex International and The Design Trust.

About us
Design-Nation was founded in 1997 by the late Peta Levi MBE, who previously established the prestigious talent-spotting showcase New Designers in 1993. In 2012 the baton was passed to leading British designer Andrew Tanner who now continues as voluntary Brand Ambassador for Design-Nation.

In 2014 a new permanent home was created for Design-Nation as it joined The National Centre for Craft & Design and Design Factory to create a stronger alliance of organisations that lead across the UK and international craft and design sectors. This bright new future in partnership with North Kesteven District Council, a Lincolnshire authority that has a long-standing commitment to arts and culture, builds upon Design-Nation’s ambition to grow and retain its ambition to celebrate Great British design.

In 2014 Liz Cooper became the permanent Programme Manager for Design-Nation and joins with a wealth of knowledge within the creative economy. Liz is a contemporary craft curator with a strong background in art textiles, craft and design, maker development and exhibitions.

Leading Design-Nation, Design Factory and The National Centre for Craft and Design is Clare Edwards. Clare has a rich portfolio of working within the Craft and Design sector, specialising in market, product and partnership development, exhibition and event management.

Contact us
The National Centre for Craft & Design, Navigation Wharf, Carre Street, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 7TW.
+44 (0) 1529 414 532