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Four prolific designers will be returning to the North East this spring for a series of talks with Design Event and the Northern Design Centre.

The talks series follows on from the hugely successful Design NOW symposium in October 2016 as part of the Northern Design Festival which also took place at the Northern Design Centre.

Councillor Gary Haley, Gateshead Council Cabinet Member for Economy said: “Showcasing successful design entrepreneurs is exactly the type of activity the Northern Business Centre was conceived for. It not only has high quality event spaces to host innovative and thought provoking talks like this, but it’s also home to some of the best design talent in the digital and creative sector in our region.”

First up will be Bryan Edmondson, who, after studying graphic design at Newcastle polytechnic moved to London and in 1996 established the renowned design consultancy SEA.

Karen Nairstone director of Design Event said “ Its great to be working with the Northern Design Centre following on from the hugely successful Design NOW symposium which created a real buzz. We are excited to be bringing outstanding speakers to the region to share their insights”

Other designers in the series include Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire who studied at Newcastle Polytechnic and Newcastle University and went on to launch the iconic Mini Moderns in 2006, an interiors brand specialising in applied pattern across a range of products including wallpapers, fabrics, cushions, enamelware and ceramics.

Programme:

15 February 2017 – Bryan Edmondson, SEA

30 March 2017 – Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire, Mini Moderns

More to be announced..

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We are very excited to be working once again with the Crafts Council on their Hothouse Programme. As the Crafts Council’s creative and business development programme for up-and-coming makers; Hothouse has quickly established itself as a gold-standard professional development programme. Over the last five years more than 200 participants have taken part in the programme with 90% of makers in 2016 stating that the programme had enabled them to think differently about the direction of their career.

This year the Crafts Council has partnered with 24 organisations across England and Scotland including Manchester School of Art, Craft Scotland, University of Brighton,  The National Centre for Craft and Design and Design Event. The 35 maker businesses selected already display a high level of technical craftsmanship and originality. Hothouse will further equip them with the business and creative skills needed to run a successful and sustainable craft business.

Participants from the North include Christina Hesford a hand-weaver based in Stockton on Tees. Her work explores the traces and experiences of humanity’s passage on Earth using materials ranging from hand-dyed silk and linen, to de-commissioned fire hoses.

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Often described as ‘cult Brit homewares brand’,Mini Moderns was established in 2006 byLondon based designers, Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire.
The brand specialises in applied pattern across a range of products including wallpapers,fabrics, cushions, bedding and ceramics. A recently launched colour collection made from recycled paint complements the growing range.

The duo’s design influences encompass mid-century British textiles, ceramics and collectibles. Sharing a passion for social history, their work is often informed by childhood memories, literature and travel. As well as launching their own collections,
Mini Moderns work on a number of commissions, including recent collaborations with the Courtauld Gallery, Southbank Centre, National Theatre and the London Transport Museum.

They uniquely create ‘pattern with a story’ where all their pattern designs are created with a strong personal narrative.

Mark and Keith’s collective design experience spans fashion, product and interiors, as well as corporate branding and design. Keith’s graphic design degree took him into the world of fashion, where he held senior creative roles at Pepe Jeans London, Dr Martens and Red or Dead. Mark’s journey took a more circuitous route. Armed with a degree in English Literature, he worked in publishing and children’s television before establishing himself as a designer maker, eventually sidestepping into branding. The pair met whilst working in a London branding and design agency.
Finding the world of corporate design too restrictive, Mark and Keith followed their joint passion for interiors, reigniting people’s interest in wallpaper design with their first collection. What was originally intended as a creative outlet quickly established itself as a successful business, and Mini Moderns now sells throughout Europe, the U.S., Australia and New Zealand.

Key to the brand’s success are the long term relationships forged with trusted suppliers, helping to support UK business whenever possible. Products created in this way bear the standard: ‘Made in the UK by nice people’. Recently the design duo have worked with licence partners such as Wild & Wolf, Ulster Weavers, The Window Film Company, Vlaze, John Lewis and KMI Brands.

The brand has just celebrated ‘10 years of Pattern with a Story’, and Keith and Mark will be talking about the development of Mini Moderns from its launch in 2006 to the iconic brand it is today.

When : 30 March 2017 18:00 – 20:00
Where : Northern Design Centre, Hawks Road, Gateshead, NE8 3DF

Tickets : £7.50 / students £6.00

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The 2016 Northern Design Festival has drawn to a close. It’s been a packed 10 days with exhibitions at the Assembly House, Cooper’s Studios and 11 Grey Street, some fantastic talks, tours and events, plus our first ever Design NOW symposium.

If you came to any part of this year’s festival we’d love to hear what you thought so that we can make it even better next year.

Please spare a few minutes to complete our short survey – everyone who completes one will be entered into a free prize draw* to win a tile by Electrik Sheep (shown above), the winners of this year’s award for Most Innovative Product, presented by NBS.

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*A winner will be drawn at random, from everyone who completed either an online survey or a paper survey during the festival, on 4 November 2016.

NDesignFest awards

The 2016 Northern Design Festival is now well underway, with 8 exhibitions of work by more than 65 designers, makers and architects over 2 floors at the Assembly House – a Grade II* listed building not usually open to the public, only a few minutes walk from Newcastle Central Station – plus another two venues in Newcastle city centre, and a programme of special events and talks.

We were absolutely delighted to welcome our sponsors to judge and present four Awards this year. Congratulations to the winners – you can see (and buy!) their work at the Festival in the Design Event MART and also in our Pop-Up Shop, where prices start from just £2.50.

The 2016 Northern Design Festival Awards were designed and made by RASKL and Nick James.

Tickets are £2.50 for unlimited entry to exhibitions (under 18s free) and the Festival runs until Sunday 16 October. We hope to see you soon!