Design at Central-Beautiful Design to Buy DirectDesign at Central-Beautiful Design to Buy Direct

Design at Central-Beautiful Design to Buy Direct

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. 


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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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Invest in a Maker, Glory in their Marks, and Share the Secrets of their ToolsInvest in a Maker, Glory in their Marks, and Share the Secrets of their ToolsInvest in a Maker, Glory in their Marks, and Share the Secrets of their Tools

Invest in a Maker, Glory in their Marks, and Share the Secrets of their Tools

As part of London Craft Week 2017, Design-Nation has launched an exploratory exhibition and accompanying microsite featuring twentyfour of its members, developed in partnership with design champion and journalist Barbara Chandler.

Barbara poses the question, “What makes every craftsperson unique?” Arguably, it's the “marks” they leave on their materials, from the big picture of shape and colour and overall texture, to the smaller details of lips, rims, spouts, cuts, joints, edges, seams, pleats, folds, stitches and so on.
And as we reveal, every maker has a different background, motivations, inspirations, and surroundings, all of which may significantly affect their work.

Design-Nation includes established and respected makers like glass artist MIchael Ruh Studio. Michael uses an array of metal calipers and other tools to scribe delicate lines on his hand-blown glass: marks that evoke windblown grasses on seaside sand-dunes and enhance the simple shapes and distinctive colours of his tableware and lightshades. Michael works constantly, with a kiln that is never off and says, “making is my language”.

Another well-known exhibitor is weaver and textile designer Margo Selby. While her product range has expanded over the last decade from just hand-woven scarves and accessories to include a wide array of textiles for interiors - bed linen, towels, cushions, throws, and floor rugs and runners - hand weaving is still at the core of Margo’s work. All designs start in her studio through her own work. Margo says, “my loom keeps me driven” and in recent years has returned to hand production of one-off pieces, created by simple passes of the loom with her beautiful wood shuttles, to make striking pieces that exemplify the unique Margo Selby approach to colour and composition. 

Like Margo, ceramicist Sue Pryke has created designs for major brands, but is happiest in her own studio making her own pieces of slipcast tableware. Sue’s deceptively simple and classic shapes in bowls, cups, spoons, jugs and teapots are created with careful pouring of liquid clay between a myriad of plastic jugs and moulds, to get the thickness of each piece exactly right. Later she adds colour: finely distinguishing hues of grey, blue, cream and other pastels. Certain shades of blue-grey are practically Sue Pryke trademarks now. “Just do what you love,” she advises and there is no doubt that many people love her work.
Design Nation Showcase Micro-Website
The physical exhibition is accompanied by a specially designed website, created by Design-Nation members The Unloved, in close consultation with Barbara Chandler. Each exhibitor is profiled with compelling images and designers, products, and of course the tools used to make their work.

To read the full interviews by Barbara Chandler please visit the microsite here.

The exhibition is at gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower, Bargehouse Street, London SE1 9PH, until Sunday 7 May and is open 11am-6pm daily.

We are thankful for the support of Arts Council England and our partners London Craft Week and Coin Street Community Builders.

Images courtesy of the makers.

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