Northern Design Festival Opening Night

Northern Design Festival 2015 kicked off last night with a fab opening preview and press event for the exhibition – all taking place in the impressive Assembly House, Newcastle. Here’s a few snaps from my evening there…

Design Event’s Northern Design Festival is now open to the public until Sunday 25th October 15, so if you’re in the North East (or overdue a trip there) do check it out.

For full details of what’s on please check out the online brochure. There really is lots of wonderful design to see from us northern designers – so don’t just take my word for it!


DesignJunction Highlights

I’m back up north after a busy and exciting few days in London for the Design Festival. It’s time to share some of my favourite things from my time at Design Junction…

1. The Design Event Stand

This was of course the main reason for my visit… to help man the Design Event stand, which showcased new products by 10 designers from the north, including me!

A big thank you to everyone who stopped by our stand for a chat and to browse the work on display. I think you’ll agree the stand look fantastic, all thanks to the hard work of Design Event and Xsite Architecture. There will be another chance to see more of our work at the Baltic Centre of Contemporary Art from 26th September until 22nd October.

2. Demonstrations

Whilst exploring DesignJunction, it was great to see so many demonstrations taking place. Waterford were cutting their cut-glass and Bert & May were creating tiles, using the winning design from their ‘Design-a-tile’ competition with RIBA. A few stands away from us Philippe Malouin were demonstrating their random pattern generator. Visitors could roll dices of geometric shapes and colours to determine which part of the pattern should be printed next.

3. Pop-Up Shops

There were plenty of Pop Up shops on the ground floor of DesignJunction and it’s safe to say I’ve added a few things to my Christmas list since! Friends and family take notice, I would like…

A mirrored cup and patterned saucer by Richard Brendon

Geometric Earrings by Tom Pigeon

Statement necklace by One We Made Earlier

4. Lighting, lighting, lighting!

I was in total awe of the innovative lighting to be seen this year. Some that stood out in particular were:

Starry Light by Anagraphic. This handcrafted lamp illuminates the walls with different starry constellations, and can be customised to a specific date or location. What a perfect birthday or anniversary present this could make!!


Foldability’s stand wasn’t too far way and her handmade lighting using traditional folding techniques kept catching my eye!


The extravagant brass and fine crystal lighting by Martin Huxford also blew me away.


The Anglepoise & Paul Smith collaboration was another favourite of mine; I think it would sit very nicely on my desk!

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London Design Festival Countdown

London Design Festival is only a few days away and I’m really looking forward to visiting the big smoke next week. Most of my time will be spent at DesignJunction, where I’ll be exhibiting my Imperial Mono fabric as part of the Design Event showcase.  However, I am hoping to squeeze in some other shows and design activities while I’m there, as listed below.


I may be biased but this is a must see event on the LDF calendar. If the Design Event showcase is already temptation enough, then these fab designers might just be the cherry on top…





Dyke & Dean Ltd


Design Junction takes place at the industrial Sorting Office on New Oxford Street. See the full exhibitor list here

Don’t forget to register for tickets in advance and do come and say hello to us on stand F52!

Tent London

Tent London is held at the Old Truman Brewery between 18th – 21st September. It’s another fantastic fair for people on the look out for contemporary design. I can’t wait to see the work of:

Andy Murray Design


Fanny Shorter

Yeshen Venema Photography

Seven Gauge Studios


See the full exhibitor list here.

100% Design

100% Design is one the most prestigious design shows and this will be its 20th year. I’m excited about browsing the emerging brands section and already like the look of these guys:

Korridor Design


Daily Life Lab


Loic Bard


100% Design is at Earls court on 17-20th September. See the full exhibitor list here.

Finally, I’d love to visit the John Lewis: How We Live Today exhibition at the Design Museum. It commemorates 150 years since the first John Lewis store opened on Oxford Street, and reveals the stories behind some of their most iconic products.

I’ll be sharing some of my favourite finds and reviewing my time at DesignJunction when I get back… so stay tuned for that and wish me luck!

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