Design Event is a not for profit organisation based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Our mission is to to promote and support designers and makers working in the North of England. To raise standards, and provide regional and national platforms to showcase the high quality design being produced. We aim to position the North of England as a hot bed of design talent, creating opportunities for designers and the public to engage with high quality design.

Design Event was founded in 2005 by Karen Nairstone. Passionate about good design; she is a true ambassador of design talent from across the North of England.

Karen developed the first Northern Design Festival in 2005, which has since grown to become a celebration of innovative work across design disciplines, attracting over 90,000 visitors in 2013. The centrepiece of the festival is the Design Event MART, a highly curated selling exhibition featuring the best surface design, jewellery, furniture, products and illustration coming out of the North.

Supporting designers to develop national and international markets for their work is close to Karen’s heart and Design Event select a series of works to showcase at the London Design Festival on a biannual basis, this was shown at Design Junction in 2014.