Design-Nation at Decorex 2017: Great design from working togetherDesign-Nation at Decorex 2017: Great design from working togetherDesign-Nation at Decorex 2017: Great design from working togetherDesign-Nation at Decorex 2017: Great design from working togetherDesign-Nation at Decorex 2017: Great design from working together

Design-Nation at Decorex 2017: Great design from working together

Design-Nation, the UK’s premier membership portfolio for innovative design, will present five fantastic designers at Decorex this year, where the theme of our stand is collaboration and working together. Three of the five are new to our portfolio in 2017, while the other two are branching out into new ambitious projects, and the quality of their work is very strong indeed.

Working together has always been at the heart of Design-Nation’s ethos and programme and it’s a theme that is also close to the Decorex team, as they celebrate 40 years of this amazing event. Brand director Simone DuBois comments, "From the outset, Decorex has had collaboration at its core. From its initial partnership with the IIDA, it has brought trade buyers
and manufacturers together to form a community which is now the very essence of this celebrated event. Through design, art and fashion, collaborations between designers and manufacturers have produced some of the most surprising and inspirational creations to date. An understanding that generosity of time and knowledge is embraced within these concepts and shows once again that this is a theme at the very beating heart of our industry.”

Jacky Puzey is based in Bristol and creates extraordinary one-off machine embroideries, based on her closely observed and colourful drawings of the natural world, especially exotic birds. She was part of Craft Council's Hothouse programme in 2016 and has been pushing herself to take her designs from simple wall hangings to actual furniture. Her Decorex proposal includes new cocktail chairs being developed and made in close collaboration with upholsterer Leighanne Treadwell, founder of Bristol Upholstery Collective and pioneering social entrepreneur, as well as insider advice from Reloved Upholstery, Ercol’s favourites. Jacky is new to Design-Nation in 2017.

Strong colour continues with furniture by Coucou Manou, based near Bath, who make furniture in a mix of walnut and Valchromat, a high quality high density fibre board that is created ecologically from existing wood waste, dyed throughout so that the colour is solid. It is precision cut to designer Nell Beale’s specifications which she develops in consultation with the expert CNC mill. She then hand assembles, gilds and polishes in her rural workshop. Nell mainly works to order and was part of Crafts Council's Injection programme in 2015. Nell is also new to Design-Nation in 2017.

Other exhibitors include award-winning Allistair Covell, a Bedfordshire-based artist turned rug designer, whose highly colourful and painterly rugs were a striking feature of the Campaign for Wool's Woolly BnB last October in London. He works in collaboration with specialist weavers in Afghanistan and Nepal, who hand-knot every piece in fine Afghan and New Zealand wool. Their centuries-old techniques are brought bang up to date by Allistair’s very contemporary and
striking mark-making. Allistair is another new Design-Nation member in 2017.

Melanie Porter studied Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins and turned her talent for knitting to one-off statement pieces in giant Aran, cable, stripes and Union Flags. These designs are upholstered onto found vintage furniture, taking in everything from Arne Jacobsen style rotating plastic easy chairs to metal cinema seats and stately Victorian pieces. Subsequently Melanie's created many attractive home accessories, such as mini hand-knit fairy lights, pot plant holders, cushions, throws and DIY kits. She was also featured at the Woolly BnB last autumn, showing hand-knit-covered chairs and lamps alongside Allistair Covell’s rugs. For Decorex Melanie is launching a new chair range - still upholstered in her distinctive chunky and individually made hand-knits, but presented on frames creatde by Wychwood. Melanie and her furniture frame makers have had intense dialogues about unique designs thatwill show off her knits to best advantage, and still keep her beloved mid-century modern vibe.

Snowden Flood is a versatile product designer and also a shop-keeper. Visitors to her lovely shop at the Oxo Tower will know she also a big fan of vintage. American-born Snowden trained and then worked in textile design for many years, and only more recently has applied her surface design skills to items such as ceramics, prints, tea-towels, aprons and deckchairs. She has now returned to her design roots, undertaking a new project that draws from an exciting vintage textile design archive. Earlier conversations about a partnership project have evolved into a licensing deal for Snowden, who is creating beautiful new fabrics for upholstery. Her new chairs upholstered by Arlo & Jacob are very lovely and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be her launch partners.

Notes to Editors:

Design-Nation is exhibiting on Stand F17. Decorex is open 17 – 20 September, Syon Park, West
London. For more details of exhibitors see our Showcases microsite.

Decorex vistor information here.

Images: Loop Cabinet by Coucou Manou; Noah hand knit chair by Melanie Porter; Allistair Covell's Eclipse Rug; London Parakeet cocktail chair and screen by Jacky Puzey; Ira cushions by Snowden Flood. All images copyright and courtesy of the artists.

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27-30 June 2017

 Craft Central, 33-35 St John's Square, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 4DS

Leading craft and design networks Design-Nation and Design Factory are delighted to join forces to present this pop-up shop from a selection of our members, in the heart of the Clerkenwell design district. Buy beautifully designed ceramics, textiles, fashion accessories, giftware and more, direct from the makers, many of whom will also work to commission to make you that something special for your home. 

The showcase will include a wide choice of ceramics, from Foto Ceramica’s foliage-decorated bisque ware which incorporates designer Kit Anderson’s own photography, to Kate McBride’s witty hand-built porcelain figures which pay contemporary homage to traditional European ceramics such as Meissen. Kate and Kit are both East Midlands based, while Linda Bloomfield works in her garden-shed studio in her West London garden, hand-throwing simple contemporary tableware which she then glazes in a range of classic pastel hues. American-born Snowden Flood is also London-based and her ceramics and kitchen accessories often feature imagery drawn from the capital, making them ideal gifts.

Fashion accessories for sale will include award-winning designer Ekta Kaul’s beautiful fine silk and wool scarves, dyed, printed and sewn in her London studio; J C Middlebrook’s Nottingham-created and very wearable lace jewellery in striking colours for today; and the vibrant silk scarves and pocket squares of KathKath Studio, who create distinctive designs for women and men from their south London base. 

Melanie Porter is known for her giant knitted upholstery on vintage chairs, but also has attractive ranges of lightshades and charming hand-made fairy lights to brighten any dining table. Textile artist Michelle House makes vivid wall hangings and cushions that bring welcome splashes of colour to contemporary interiors. Melanie and Michelle are also based in south London.

From further afield, Edinburgh-based Moody Monday create striking and edgy hand-printed wallpaper and furnishing fabrics inspired by astronomy, geometry, discarded instruments and more. Michaela McMillan’s background in embroidery and love for story-telling is evident in her unique take on traditional Russian dolls, using rich layers of stitch, found objects and vintage trims to create unique statement pieces in her Rugby workshop. 


Notes to Editors:

Design at Central - beautiful design to buy direct

Craft Central

33-35 St John's Square,

Clerkenwell, London EC1M 4DS

For more information visit or Telephone 01529 414532

Tube - Farringdon (Hammersmith & City, Circle and Metropolitan), Barbican (Hammersmith & City, Circle and Metropolitan)

Free Entry

Tuesday 27th: 12.30pm - 5.00pm

Wednesday 28th: 11.00am - 5.00pm

Thursday 29th: 11.00am - 8.30pm

Friday 30th: 11.00am - 5.00pm

Late night shopping Thursday - please join us for a glass of wine.


Exhibitors are: Ekta Kaul, Foto Ceramica, J.C Middlebrook, Kate McBride, KathKath Studio, Linda Bloomfield, Melanie Porter, Michaela McMillan, Michelle House, Moody Monday and Snowden Flood. A selection of these designer-makers will be present each day.

Please contact David or Alice at Seen PR for further press information and images on +44 (0)1273 722469

 Social Media: @design_nation_uk #DesignAtCentral #DesignNationUK

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