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Design-Nation presents the cream of contemporary British design at Decorex, the leading international destination showcase for luxurious design for interiors.        

Prestigious creative agency and membership organisation Design-Nation is pleased to announce the five outstanding designer-makers who will form this year’s showcase at Decorex 2014.

Clean lines for contemporary living  in conjunction with respect for the craft traditions is what underpins the work of many of Design-Nation’s Members and informs much that is good in 21st century design. This is exemplified in Miranda Watkins’ highly successful and award winning Gleam Pewter tableware collection, designed and handmade in collaboration with A R Wentworth of Sheffield. At Decorex Miranda Watkins launches two ranges: the classic elegance of Grey Gleam, and the fresh new Colour Gleam.

Michael Ruh Studio premier their uniquely scribed handmade Rio and Esparto pendant lamps, shown for the first time to the British market. This delicate work is inspired by mark making, light and shade, and the nuances of seasonal change. Every glass pendant lamp is made by hand and signed by Michael, whose studio celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2014.

Furniture maker Angus Ross shows his new limited edition Whisky Collectors Cabinet, handmade in layers of solid oak and sycamore, with discreet compartments and accompanied by specially commissioned crystal tumblers. The first of only ten to be made was sold at Design Shanghai recently and Angus will show cabinet no 2 at Decorex – its European premiere.

Rising star Richard Brendon is fast becoming known for his individual take on ceramic collecting and production. His new range Speck celebrates the accidental faults of firing in bone china, as each of the minute black marks that can appear in production is deliberately highlighted and yet concealed with a simple copper dot. As a result each piece is individual, refined and graphic.

Gabi Bolton’s designs reflect her diverse interests in animals, cartography, architecture and landscape. At Decorex she launches her new Optica Collection, inspired by 60s Op Art, with a definite nod to Dutch waxprints and Japanese woodblocks. Strong hand-drawn and rhythmic patterns in subtle tones adorn hand blocked wallpapers and linen, and beautifully complement the minimal lines of the other exhibitors.

Design-Nation is grateful for the continuing support of our partner UBM who generously give us the space at Decorex each year to present this showcase. We also thank our brand ambassador Andrew Tanner and design agency The Unloved for their invaluable support.

 

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For more information contact:
Liz Cooper
Programme Manager, Design-Nation
The National Centre for Craft & Design, Navigation Wharf, Carre Street
Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 7TW

info@designnation.co.uk      +44 (0)7833 480 865

Notes to Editors

About Design-Nation
Design-Nation was founded in 1997 by the late Peta Levi MBE, a writer, design champion and curator, who previously founded the prestigious talent-spotting showcase New Designers in 1993.  In 2012 the baton was passed to leading British designer Andrew Tanner who will continue as voluntary Brand Ambassador for Design-Nation.

Design-Nation 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 the 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 practices 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.  

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

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Posted on
15.09.2014

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The making of a New Era

The Great British portfolio for Craft, Design and Product unveils a bright new future in collaboration with Design Factory and The National Centre for Craft & Design, with North Kesteven District Council.
        
Prestigious creative agency and membership organisation Design-Nation is joining Design Factory and The National Centre for Craft & Design to create a NEW and stronger alliance of organisations that lead across the UK and international craft and design sectors.
This new alliance of brands will unite all three organisations in a joint mission to deliver new opportunities to develop and grow the UK’s creative community. By bringing together new partners, champions and investment, the alliance will strengthen business and creative development in the contemporary design and crafts sector across the UK.  It was a little over 10 years ago when North Kesteven District Council’s vision to bring an arts and culture facility to the district was realised through The National Centre for Craft & Design.  The news of this collaboration will undoubtedly enhance that, said Cllr Lindsey Cawrey, Executive Board Member with responsibility for arts and culture.

“North Kesteven District Council has a long-established commitment to the provision of cultural services for its people as part of our diverse economic mix which is reflected in our corporate ambitions.

“As a council, we are immensely proud of our arts services which do so much to enhance the creative sector, visitor economy and the emotional wellbeing of our residents.  The district council is especially proud to have secured further Arts Council National Portfolio funding which supports The National Centre for Craft & Design, Design Factory and artsNK – the district’s visual and performing arts team” she says.

Existing membership and activities through Design-Nation will be enhanced; and wider scope will be given for launching new initiatives over the next four years, expanding operations and creating a strong portfolio of organisations that will become Britain’s leading resource for the celebration, support and promotion of craft and design.”Doors will open for Design Factory’s top-level members to widen their aspirations and new opportunities will arise for those strongly curated exhibitions that will present the cream of British contemporary craft and innovative design.

Clare Edwards from The National Centre for Craft & Design and Design Factory says, “To be approached and offered this opportunity was a great honour and working together we can now address the present whilst taking on the future challenges for British craft and design through a new framework of support across the East Midlands and the UK. 
This marriage will offer innovative and fresh opportunities for a new generation that builds on the complementary activities and values across our work and will be built to become Britain’s leading resource for the celebration, support and promotion of craft and design.”

Notes to Editors
About Design-Nation

Design-Nation was founded in 1997 by the late Peta Levi MBE, a writer, design champion and curator, who previously founded the prestigious talent-spotting showcase New Designers in 1993.  In 2012 the baton was passed to leading British designer Andrew Tanner who will continue as voluntary Brand Ambassador for Design-Nation.

Design-Nation 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 the 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 practices 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.  Friends of the organisation include The Southbank Centre, New Designers Exhibition, London and Decorex International.  

Coming Up for 2014:

Design-Nation Presents brings together Design-Nation members and Southbank retail shops for an annual one-month showcase.   Promoting new works in British Craft and Design, this year’s event runs from Wednesday 1st October to Friday 31st October 2014.

Design-Nation will be taking a stand and exhibiting select members at Decorex International from Sunday 21st to Wednesday 24th September 2014.  

The Eureka! project, which ran from 2004 to 2009, will be re-launched in 2015, to encourage British retailers and manufacturers to commission British designers in the creation of new and exciting products and services.

About Design Factory

Design Factory is the UK’s leading creative agency for the support and development of craft and design practice and was founded in 2005.  

With over 200 members Design Factory promotes artistic integrity, raises the standard of craft and design and commercially supports designer-makers through a renowned programme of development opportunities, including: one-to-one advice; critical reviews; events; group exhibition opportunities here and overseas; peer support; training and CPD; mentoring; pop-up shop opportunities; marketing, and international development.

Design Factory’s renowned and selected membership nurtures business and creative talent and provides a ladder of support targeted at all emerging, mid-career and established creative practice.  Membership to Design-Nation will represent the apex of aspiration for both Design Factory members and other craft & design professionals.

About The National Centre for Craft & Design

The National Centre for Craft & Design is a world-class centre and resource dedicated to the celebration, support and promotion of national and international contemporary craft and design.  The Centre, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2013, aims to stimulate greater understanding of contemporary craft and design and provide enriching arts and cultural experiences for everyone through a dynamic programme of high quality exhibitions, participatory learning, events and retail.  

About Andrew Tanner

Andrew Tanner has been an industry consultant, designer, mentor and author in a career that stems across nearly two decades. He owned his own successful design practice which sold collections both nationally and internationally whilst working with retailers and traditional manufacturers.

Described as 'The William Morris of his generation' by IPC Media,  Andrew has collected many accolades in design throughout his journey including Young Designer of the Year award in 2005 and the Young Entrepreneur in Design Award by the British Council in 2010. Today he remains the voluntary brand ambassador for Design-Nation.

About North Kesteven District Council

The tri-partnership is managed on behalf of North Kesteven District Council, by 1life Management Solutions Ltd. The District Council has a long-standing commitment to arts and culture and has successfully operated exemplary creative and cultural services for over 23 years.  

In 2011, NKDC brought together Design Factory and The National Centre for Craft & Design to create a distinctive partnership that successfully secured National Portfolio funding through Arts Council England in 2012, and has since delivered national and international opportunities to support, develop and champion British craft and design.  

Posted on
14.07.2014