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Colour & Form: Glass from Design –Nation

Design-Nation has created an exhibition featuring members of our portfolio some of the most innovative and exciting designer/makers working in glass practice today. These artists have all been members of the Design-Nation portfolio, producing work for trade, retail and commission. A true celebration of colour and form, the exhibition showcases a range of techniques, such as blown and fused glass, and features a wide variety of functional and decorative pieces.

The exhibition will sit alongside touring exhibition Art of Glass at our sister gallery, The National Centre for Carft & Design. The exhibition opens with a Festival of Glass over the weekend of 10-11 November and all works are for sale, making this exhibition the perfect Christmas shopping destination.

There will be vessels, wall art and installation pieces by Stuart Akroyd, an award-winning studio glass designer-maker. Stuart creates forms in vibrant colours and organic shapes. Instantly identifiable, his work possesses a sense of movement and grace within the solid form. Amy Cushing spends most of her studio time perfecting colour sequences and balance. The energy and rhythm of her palette becomes all intriguing, with precious metallic coatings and leaf are used to show hidden depth. Stevie Davies makes sculptural pieces through processes of heat and chemistry on glass and metals. Gillies Jones are partners in life and art, Stephen Gillies and Kate Jones have been making exceptional contemporary blown glass together for over 20 years. Their pieces are made the slow way, just as glass was prior to industrial revolution: labour intensive and reliant on the skills acquired over a long, international apprenticeship.

Peter Layton and Bruce Marks are founder and studio manager respectively of London Glassblowing, a very significant alumnus of Design-Nation. Peter has been at the forefront of British studio glass since the 1970s, and has contributed more than most to its promotion and burgeoning success. Bruce Marks has worked for Peter Layton since 2001, as an assistant, then as studio manager and most recently as Peter’s principal colourist. Bruce also creates his own blown sculptural glass pieces which express a powerful African influence.

Catriona R Mackenzie is a designer/maker of colourful contemporary vessels and sometimes uses carved decoration to ehamce the desirability of her pieces. Maggie Williams' ideas are drawn from the natural world, in particular tropical plants with their luscious colours and shapes. Clare L Wilson is currently based in Cumbria. Clare works primarily with cane and murine techniques, making functional and decorative art objects.

There will also be a showcase of wearable glass in jewellery form including: Angela Ibbs who creates handmade mosaic jewellery; Ruth Lyne who has been working with fused glass since 1998 and now combines it with silver to make jewellery reminiscent of sea-glass or pebbles; Eleanor Kerr-Patton a contemporary jeweller who will show wearable mirrored work; and Samantha Sweet, a glass artist with years of expertise and experience, now moving on from her trademark bottles to create new borosilicate chains of iridescent glass. 

As a leading network for the support and development of craft and design practice, Design-Nation is committed to nurturing and developing emerging talent to established and internationally known artists and designers. NCCD is proud to present Design-Nation’s first dedicated selling showcase of works in glass.

Colour & Form

The National Cente for Craft & Design, Sleaford NG34 7TW

10 November 2018 - 13 January 2019

Images courtesy of artists: Stuart Akroyd - large bowl; Gillies Jones - Pigeon Blue Beautiful Bowl; Angela Ibbs - Brooches; Peter Layton - Blue Burano. Photo by Ester Segarra.

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Design-Nation Presents a Double Showcase at London Design Festival Addressing Luxury, Innovation and LightDesign-Nation Presents a Double Showcase at London Design Festival Addressing Luxury, Innovation and LightDesign-Nation Presents a Double Showcase at London Design Festival Addressing Luxury, Innovation and LightDesign-Nation Presents a Double Showcase at London Design Festival Addressing Luxury, Innovation and LightDesign-Nation Presents a Double Showcase at London Design Festival Addressing Luxury, Innovation and Light

Design-Nation Presents a Double Showcase at London Design Festival Addressing Luxury, Innovation and Light

See the light with Design-Nation at London Design Festival this September. The leading portfolio of British-based designers and makers will present two contrasting but equally high quality showcases of beautiful, adventurous and original design at Decorex International 2018 (16-19 September) and designjunction (20-23 September).

The theme that unites these presentations is light: luminaries and shadows, glossy and textured surfaces, deep and light hues, and moments of insight and imagination. These all inspire Design-Nation’s expert designers to make exceptional and distinctive furniture, lighting, flooring, wall coverings, glass, ceramics, objets d’art and more, many of which are available to commission.

Decorex International 2018: Illuminations

The Design-Nation network, incorporating Design Factory, is delighted to take its usual place at Decorex International 2018 (stand F17) offering a serious consideration of the thematic challenge: the blank canvas. What makes a canvas gorgeous and intriguing? How do painters approach their subject matter? Observation, imagination, colour and form are all important but so is light. From Roman times through the Renaissance and even in today’s digital techniques, artists and designers consider chiaroscuro as a key tool in creation of imagery. Balancing dark and light, and the way that highlights and shadows work to add beauty and lustre to objects and surfaces.

Design-Nation presents “Illuminations”, a luxurious response to the blank canvas. Their space will glow with gorgeousness from ceramicist Bridget Macklin, Hugh Miller Furniture, textile designer Jacky Puzey, Laura Elizabeth Glass and the ceramic and textile designs of Melody Rose. All five bring a hard-working ethos, researching and developing deep understanding of their disciplines, and attention to their clients’ needs, to create beautiful and distinctive contemporary interiors.

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DesignJunction 2018: Green Light

Design-Nation is thrilled to be creating a major new showcase for their designer members at DesignJunction, presented in the raw interiors of the Bargehouse at Oxo Tower. The team have collaborated with product designer Raw Studio, furniture maker Jonathan Rose and textile innovator Joy Merron, to develop “Green Light” a special installation of contemporary products for interiors that explore lighting and furniture, unusual, recycled and sustainable materials. These new 21st century designs have the potential to become classics, collectable and desirable, innovative and of excellent quality. Alongside three collaborators Design Nation will be joined by Angie Parker Textiles, Charlie Birtles, Harriet Elkerton, design-maker Laura-Jane Atkinson, Sharyn Dunn and Winter & Kurth.

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Notes to Editors:

For press enquiries: David Gorrod or Trina Wickenden at Seen PR | @seen_pr | Tel +44 (0)1273 722 469 Decorex International 2018 | Stand F17 | 16-19 September | Syon Park, London DesignJunction | Stand Bargehouse Room 11 | 20-23 September | Oxo Tower Wharf, SE1 9PH Social Media @design_nationuk | #DesignNation |

About Design-Nation

Design-Nation incorporating Design Factory, is a leading portfolio for designer-makers based in the UK who create craft, design and product. Their mission is to bring together partners, champions and investment, to strengthen business and creative development in the contemporary design and crafts sector. Their online portfolio was launched as a resource for designers, architects, interior decorators, retailers, manufacturers and the general public, in fact for anyone interested in the best on contemporary craft and design. Design-Nation was founded in 1999 by the late Peta Levi MBE, who previously established prestigious talent-spotting showcase New Designers. Peta’s ambition created a resource to Collaborate, Consult, Commission, Trade, Buy, Collect, Source, Research and Innovate. In 2017 we merged with sister network Design Factory to create the strongest and most ambitious network of design and craft talent in the UK. Design-Nation: future thinking for design and craft.

About Decorex International 2018

Decorex International is the UK’s leading design show and the only one of its kind in the UK for the luxury interiors market. Established in 1978, Decorex is firmly recognised among the international design community as the trusted resource for high-end interior designers, architects, speciers, retailers and property developers. Boasting more than 400 exhibitors from leading names to emerging talents, this annual four-day show takes place each September in the prestigious location of Syon Park. Attracting nearly 14,000 visitors from across the globe, Decorex 2018 will be exploring Blank Canvas as this year’s show theme. @Decorex_Intl | #Decorex2018 |

About DesignJunction

designjunction is a leading exhibition for contemporary interior design and culture, held annually in London and New York. The flagship show takes place in London as part of the London Design Festival each September – where more than 200 contemporary brands present their new collections to an international audience of architects, interior designers, retailers and media. In 2017, the four-day edition attracted more than 28,000 visitors through its doors. @_designjunction | #designjunction #LDF18 |


Laura Jane Atkinson, Bridget macklin, Jonathan Rose,Lucy Elisabeth glass, Sharyn Dunn

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