Meet the Expert: Design-Nation's new feature at Top Drawer ss18

Meet the Expert: Design-Nation's new feature at Top Drawer ss18

Here at Design-Nation we are lucky to work with some of the brightest and most creative minds in the business, and can draw on a wealth of expert knowledge across the UK. Our recent merger with Design Factory is a great example of how working together makes us stronger, and we're celebrating this with a special programme of Meet The Expert sessions at Top Drawer this month.
If you would like to know more about us and what we do, please drop by our Top Drawer stand CR421 upstairs in CRAFT. And look out for our visiting experts and brand ambassadors who can help with so many aspects of running a design practice, especially around doing trade shows. They will be available for one-to-one sessions at the times listed below, but it's first come first served, so if you want to speak to any expert in particular, please let us know by 5pm Friday 12th January via:
Sunday 14 January
1100-1300 Andrew Tanner, Design-Nation brand ambassador & senior designer for Home at Sainsbury's. Andrew has a long history with us and has also built an illustrious career, starting as product desgner and ceramicist whose practice was developed in the traditional potteries in Stoke, before going on to work for major high street names such as Joules and Next. Andrew is a great champion of emerging design and can give valuable career advice.
1400-1530 Barbara Chandler, Design-Nation consultant curator and independent design journalist/photographer. Barbara is well known for her weekly design columns for the Evening Standard and her amazing address book - she really does knows everyone in design and has worked with the best, being a real force for good in her support of young designers. Barbara has a sharp eye for detail and will be happy to advise on publicity, promotion and PR, especially imagery.

Monday 15 January
1100-1200 Margo Selby, Design-Nation ambassador and leading textile designer/artist. Margo's eponymous homeware label grew out of her love of weaving, pattern and colour. Margo has been a member of Design-Nation for many years and has extensive experience of working wih major retailers and interiors brands, designing collections for Habitat, John Lewis, and Osborne & Little as well as her own brand.
1530-1630 - David Gorrod, Design-Nation PR, design press and communications expert. David is director of Seen PR, a leading publicity agency for the design and craft sector, and has worked with many designers and design venues and events, such as London Design Festival/Tent, Barbican Shop, Lindsey Lang, Max Fraser and Mini Moderns.
Tuesday 16 January
1100-1200 Sue Pryke, Design-Nation ambassador and leading ceramics designer/maker. After designing simple and elegant homewares of the likes of IKEA and Next, Sue has more recently returned to handmade work in her East Midlands studio. She has an excellent eye for design and styling, and a wealth of ideas about to make displays interesting at both trade and retail fairs.
1400-1500 Adam Thow, Commercial Director at Soane Museum, where amongst other things he oversees licensing of their amazing cultural assets and brand. Adam has worked with and commissioned many designers throughout his career at leading cultural venues in London such as Barbican and Southbank Centre, and is happy to advise on how to engage with retailers and what to consider when pricing work.
We are grateful to Clarion Events for supporting our programme.
Portraits (top-bottom, L-R: AndrewTanner, Barbara Chandler, Margo Selby, David Gorrod, Sue Pryke, Adam Thow. (Sue's portrait by Yeshen Venema.)

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Craft Stand CR421
14-16 January 2018 Olympia London

Design-Nation incorporating Design Factory, the UK’s premier membership portfolio for contemporary craft and design will return to Top Drawer Spring in January 2018 to showcase ten talented designer makers. Products on display will include ceramics, fashion accessories, jewellery and homeware.

Clare Edwards, Director of Design-Nation explains: "After the recent successful merger of Design-Nation and Design Factory, exhibiting at Top Drawer is the perfect way to showcase our members to a trade audience. Design Factory had a group presence in the Craft section at the show for five years and we are now excited to present a Design-Nation stand. Six of our exhibitors have previous Top Drawer experience and are planning to build upon previous successes at the show. The others are presenting their work to Top Drawer’s trade audience for the first time. All are hoping to gain new stockists for their work, or to attract commission or exhibition opportunities.”

Jeweller Amy Leigh from Leicester uses environmentally friendly materials, including eco resin and recycled silver, to produce collections that showcase her signature technique of pouring molten pewter into water. Amy is launching her new Prism Collection at the show; a bold collection embracing chunky geometric shapes. By contrast, Trevor Forrester will present a jewellery collection that includes colourful gems and high carat yellow gold, alongside the launch of his new jewellery designs using Argentium. Trevor established his first studio in 1990 and ran a successful jewellery business in the UK before relocating to New Zealand for 12 years. Trevor returned to the UK in 2016 to set up a new studio in Lincolnshire.

The Design-Nation group has five designers working in ceramics, producing a wide range of functional and sculptural works. Oxfordshire’s Harriet Elkerton produces functional objects in slipcast porcelain, with unctuous glossy white glazed interiors and incorporating found objects. London-based Eradu Ceramics is also returning to Top Drawer with her elegant tableware collection; slipcast minimalistic silhouettes using her signature muted grey colour palette. Welsh ceramic designer and maker Eluned Glyn uses the Modernist and Cubist movements as points of reference, evident in the new angular vase launching at Top Drawer. For her first time as a Top Drawer exhibitor Diane Griffin from Northants will present her slipcast and handbuilt vases, inspired by Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall and the letters crammed between the stones of the wall. Surface decoration and mark making are an integral part of Kate Welton’s collection of thrown functional ware, produced in her Suffolk studio and launching for the first time to a trade audience at Top Drawer.

Three designers will showcase their textile works at Top Drawer, including printed and knitted gifts and fashion and home accessories. First time exhibitor Barinder Designs from Nottingham launching a new collection of silk scarves at Top Drawer to celebrate the famous English rose grower Harry Wheatcroft. Detta Textiles produces high-quality knitted scarves, blankets, cushions and fashion accessories on heritage framework knitting machines in her Kegworth studio. London’s Snowden Flood launched a new range of textile designs at Decorex 2017 and is now presenting a range of products using the new designs; including cushions, lampshades, pencil cases, laptop cases, napkins and washbags.

For the first time the Design-Nation stand will include a central display and seating area that will include work produced by Design-Nation members who are exhibiting at Top Drawer with individual stands. Products will be on display from Margo Selby (HOME, stand B24), Sue Pryke (HOME, stand C15) and Melanie Porter (HOME, stand K20). It wil also include new work from Linda Bloomfield who is showing at Table, the new dining experience trade event alongside Top Drawer, and which can be accssed by Top Drawer ticket holders. Linda has branched into restaurant ware recently,supplying Jamie Oliver's Barbecoa on Piccadilly amongst others. She wil show at Table with G&G Goodfellows.

As well as these talented designers, our central area also offers the chance for the design sector to get to know the new Design-Nation following the recent merger with Design Factory. Trade and design industry visitors can meet the Design-Nation team and exhibitors; designer-makers can learn more about membership and how it could benefit their businesses. A programme of scheduled slots to meet and gain valuable advice from Design-Nation’s ambassadors and design experts, including Barbara Chandler (Evening Standard) and Andrew Tanner (Sainsbury’s Home), will shortly be announced.

Images: Melanie Porter lighting (photo Yeshen Venema), Diane Griffin, Amy Leigh, Snowden Flood.

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For press enquiries:
David Gorrod or Alice Stewardson at Seen PR - @seen_pr - Tel +44 (0)1273 722 469

Design-Nation is exhibiting on Stand CR421 in the CRAFT section. Top Drawer is at Olympia, Hammersmith Road London W14 8UX from 14-16 January 2018, opening 09.30-18.00 on 14 & 15 January and 09.30-17.00 on 16 January.

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