Design Nation is about creating new links and new relationships across the creative community. We work with event producers, manufacturers, retailers, press, networks and advisory agencies, as well as other arts organisations, to deliver our mission: future thinking for design and craft. Our key partners change from time to time as new initiatives are created. Read about some of our earlier partnership work on the Eureka initiative here. Current partners include:
Decorex International is synonymous with luxury, and is internationally renowned for being THE event to discover the very best, and most coveted products from our unrivalled collection of 400 hand-selected exhibitors. With a rich heritage stretching back almost forty years (in fact predating London Design Festival, with which it is now scheduled) Decorex’s long standing reputation has proven the test of time; growing and evolving to remain exciting and innovative. It is a must-visit for the interior design sector, and hence Design-Nation is very grateful and proud to be supported by Decorex in the provision of an exhibition showcase each year.
Like us and The Design Trust, New Designers was founded by the late Peta Levi MBE, but predates us, having the distinction of being the ever major event that Peta devised. New Designers presents an unmissable opportunity for both retailers and the public to buy new products, to get inspired by fresh ideas and discover new design talent to commission or recruit. Every year over 3,000 of the most promising graduate talents from Britain’s leading design courses exhibit. The show features everything from illustration to animation, furniture to fashion, and gaming to glass and takes place at the spectacular Business Design Centre in London, the world's capital of design. As Peta intended, New Designers provokes fresh thinking and kick-starts careers, providing a pipeline of young talent into the UK’s fastest growing creative industry. Nowhere else is it possible to see such innovation and creativity across all disciplines, and the content is completely new every year. Design-Nation is part of the judging panel for the prestigious One Year On feature.
Just Got Made
Just Got Made connects designer-makers to the goods and services they need to realise their ideas. The global economy and ways of doing business are changing and a small-scale revolution in manufacture is beginning to take place. No longer about large factories and global outsourcing, the focus is now shifting to the thousands of talented contemporary craftspeople, workshops and manufacturers, who can deliver work in smaller, more personal batches or to commission. Just Got Made have recognised the rise of the micro-manufacturers and in 2014 launched their online portfolio, a unique network of design-led maker professionals, micro-manufacturers and suppliers.
Royal Stafford is based in the Royal Overhouse Manufactory, one of the oldest pottery factories in Burslem, the mother town of the Potteries in Stoke-on-Trent. The Royal Stafford brand was established in 1845 and is recognised around the world as providing high quality, beautiful tableware. Today the company brings British design and British manufacturing to the international housewares and ceramics market with innovative designs for a new decade.
Founded in 1949 and named for its founder Arthur Richard Wentworth, a skilled pewter craftsman from Sheffield, Wentworth Pewter is committed to making products of the highest possible quality at prices which represent excellent value for money. They constantly introduce new designs to ensure that the skill of their craftsmen and beauty of the materials continue to be enjoyed.
A pure design studio with a passion for type and image creation, The Unloved help clients achieve their maximum potential through developing ideas that help inspire and develop their own unique identity. The Unloved is focused on doing the most effective creative work possible. The Unloved, together with web design agency Pixel Primate, built our new Design-Nation online home and look after our other design needs.