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‘Design is in the Detail’ is in partnership with the RIBA and explores the work of 3 leading design studios based in the North of England – Deadgood, James Design and RASKL. Whilst their work is stylistically diverse, each studio produces stunning work with the commonality of exceptional attention to detail making their work clearly distinct and undeniably desirable.

Elliot Brook is co-founder and director of Deadgood. Their collection of modern furniture, lighting and interior ‘products with personality’ are designed and made in Britain and supplied worldwide, to some of the freshest commercial projects on the planet. Alongside their in house design team, they work with designers at the vanguard of the UK design scene. Deadgood constantly strive to remain at the crest of the wave, challenging the status quo and experimenting with new ideas whilst always making sure their personal values of fun, quality and longevity are at the forefront of our business minds.

Dan Rose is designer and director at RASKL design studio. RASKL use their wealth of experience in design, furniture making and engineering to create bespoke design-led furniture, products and 3D solutions. Each highly unique and beautiful product is manufactured in-house and they believe that good value is good design that lasts. What they create is truly bespoke, existing specifically for the customer and inspired by them and their surroundings.

Nick James is a highly skilled craftsman and an advocate of traditional woodworking techniques that are rare in contemporary practice. A machine can’t pick up a piece of wood, study the flow of the grain or make a decision about how to use it. Nick’s passion for natural materials and intelligent design is central to his practice and he and his team use the best time-tested methods of connecting pieces of wood by unbreakable joints and precise construction methods to create furniture that will last a lifetime. Awards include The Worshipful Company of Furniture Maker’s Trophy For Excellence In Craft Skills.

21st March 18:00 – 20:00

Northern Design Centre, Hawkes Road, Gateshead

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We’re absolutely delighted to announce our 2017 Northern Design Festival Award winners! Congratulations to:

A huge thanks to all of our sponsors for judging this year’s Awards – by no means an easy task!  See these award-wining designs alongside work by more than 50 designers at this year’s Northern Design Festival, open until Wednesday 8 November.

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Ranging from internationally renowned designers to some of the UK’s hottest emerging makers across graphics, furniture, fashion, illustration, architecture, ceramics, textiles and lighting, this year’s Northern Design Festival has nine exhibitions featuring work by more than 50 designers, plus a programme of special events, tours and talks from some of the world’s leading creatives.

Work new and exclusive to the 2017 Northern Design Festival includes:

Aurora – a new installation by Giles Miller Studio which specialises in the development of truly innovative surface, sculptural and architectural works including award-winning projects for Stella McCartney, the Design Museum and the V&A in London.

Giles Miller explains, “Our studio has been working on a concept called ‘Aurora’ which uses surface composition to create beautiful reflective presence in the space surrounding the sculpture. Aurora is a natural light display in the earth’s sky, sometimes referred to as the Northern lights, so when we were invited to create an installation for the Northern Design Festival it seemed like a perfectly appropriate place to share Aurora with the world.

We continue to develop new surface and sculptural typologies, and with every iteration comes deeper understanding of the visual and material effects we are able to generate using reflection and the manipulation of light. Almost 2000 mirror-finish stainless steel ‘pennies’ will be suspended within a structural lattice and composed to create variation of both reflective direction as well as visual permeability. The effect is an investigation into surface sculpture and the simple beauty of materials.”

Unforsaken (Part 1) – a new exhibition by graphic artist and director Jimmy Turrell, who was creative director on the new Beck album Colors released last week, and has produced work for The Guardian, Miguel and the New York Times.

In 2016, Jimmy Turrell bought a job lot of 1,000 vintage books and objects on Ebay, ranging from 1920s skiing manuals to vintage scrapbooks of the Norwegian royal family. From this collection (which was actually a day away from being taken to a rubbish dump) he then cherry-picked the best pieces to screen print, draw and paint on top of. Unforsaken is about discovering forgotten materials and bringing them back to life in a completely new context. Jimmy describes the exhibition as “maximalist”, and says “it’s about finding the beauty in discarded things”.

New Boosbeck Industries is a social enterprise that encourages people to work together to design and build furniture. For the Northern Design Festival they will present a new range of furniture designed and built in collaboration with community groups from a social enterprise inspired by the iconic 1930s initiative that aimed to address unemployment through creativity.

The project is led by artist and designer Adam Clarke, who says “The Northern Design Festival is a real flagship event in the design calendar; you get to show your wares and that there’s fantastic things going on here in the North East. It’s good to be part of such an established event, to be showcased at a high level – people will get to learn about what we do, as well as how we go about things.

A big part of of my practice as a designer and maker is research – I love discovering social history. Visitors to the Festival will see the pieces of furniture we make, but they’ll also find out about the social and historical side of what we do. The way we make things is quite unique – taking inspiration from an old catalogue we found in the Teesside archives, we work with people who are unemployed to reimagine how a piece of furniture from the past can look today, using modern techniques and machinery. There are maybe only six original 1930 Boosbeck pieces left in existence now, so we’re recreating a piece of social history. We embrace modern technology to keep the old traditions alive.

When we make something, everyone has a hand in all aspects of design but one person is the lead designer – when we sell a piece of furniture a % goes back to everyone who made it, and some to the business so we can make more prototypes for the future. We’re trying to tackle social issues through alternative ways, like making things. We’re trying to help people be more employable, we’re not trying to be the next IKEA.”

And Daniel Schofield will present a solo exhibition including new pieces and prototypes from his cork range. The Elle Decoration British Design Award-winner has produced work for Benchmark, Scandium and Conran in the first five years of his practice.

The 2017 Northern Design Festival takes place from 3-8 November at venues across Newcastle and Gateshead, including the historic Assembly House as the Festival hub where most exhibitions are held, and nearby Cooper’s Studios. Exhibitions are open daily 10-5pm and tickets are £2.50 for unlimited exhibition entry, or free for under 18s and staff places on school and college group visits. Prices vary for talks and special events.

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We are pleased to announce our next Design Talk in partnership with Northern Design Centre and Newcastle College is with Nick Finney, NB Studio.

Nick Finney co-founded NB Studio in 1997 and is creative partner. Prior to founding NB Studio Nick worked for Pentagram, Howard Brown and studied at Somerset College of Art (1991).

At NB, He has worked on all manner of projects over the last 20 years including Knopka (Russian app), Ravensbourne (identity), Almeida Theatre (identity), and others (too many!).

The studio have won a plethora of awards over this time including Design Business Assocation, American Art Directors Club, D&AD, Design Week, The Drum & others. Nick is also Awards judge and foreman at D&AD, reinventor of elderly people signs and advocate of Creative Courage, a mantra central to the Studio’s philosophy.

When :

Wednesday 27 September 2017

18:00 – 20:00

Where :

Northen Design Centre

Hawks Road

Gateshead

NE8 3DF

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Read more about NB in this interview for Eye on Design

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We are thrilled to announce the theme for this year’s Festival: Material Matters.

Now firmly established in the national design calendar, the Northern Design Festival is a showcase of the best in contemporary design by leading northern, national and international designers across graphics, furniture, fashion, illustration, architecture, ceramics, textiles and lighting.

The 2017 Festival theme is Material Matters. Director Karen Nairstone explains, “We encounter materials every day. From the fabrics of our clothes which we touch as we dress in the morning, to the buildings we pass as we walk down the street, materials inhabit in our daily life. It’s a theme which will be explored and celebrated through brand new commissions from internationally renowned designers and artists alongside work from established and up-and-coming Northern designers and creatives.”

The full programme of exhibitions, talks and special events will announced in September; highlights include:

A site-specific installation by Giles Miller Studio, this yet to be titled experimental new work will explore light and reflection and how this can be manipulated. Giles Miller Studio specialises in the development of innovative surface, sculptural and architectural works and have created award-winning work ranging in scale from individual mosaic tiles to artworks the size of buildings for clients including Stella McCartney, the Design Museum and the V&A.

A brand new exhibition by Newcastle-born graphic artist Jimmy Turrell, who has previously created work for Adidas, Beck, The Guardian and The New York Times. In 2016 Jimmy bought a job lot of 1,000 vintage books and objects on EBay, ranging from 1920s skiing manuals to vintage scrapbooks of the Norwegian royal family. He then cherry-picked the best pieces to screen-print, draw and paint onto. Unforsaken is about finding the beauty in forgotten and discarded materials and bringing them back to life in a completely new context.

The UK’s largest independent materials library, SCIN will present Material Explorations – exciting materials and material properties that have become key within architecture and design. Ranging from traditional materials that are made to look like something they are not; to everyday materials like human hair and salt which are being applied in architecture and fashion with thought-provoking results; and materials which until now were regarded as waste, given a makeover and reintroduced as unique materials for interiors and product design.

The 2017 Northern Design Festival takes place from 3-8 November at venues in Newcastle and Gateshead, including the historic Assembly House on Westgate Road in Newcastle city centre as the Festival hub. Full programme and venue details will be announced in September.

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Design Event are please to once again be working with some brilliant partners on this year’s Desgn Talks programme.

Different are a creative marketing group, specialising in brand, insight and digital marketing services. Different believe that working together, we make a difference; because nobody knows everything, but together we know a lot. Different solve complex business problems, through collaboration and smart thinking.  Headquartered in Newcastle, clients include Sky, L’Oreal and Sage.

Ian Millen, Group Executive Design Director said ‘ We’re keen to continue our parternship with Design Event and the speaker line up looks extremely inspiring’.

Other partners include Newcastle College who deliver art and design courses in their Mandela Building and where students have access to first class facilities including fully equipped design studios; a ceramics studio; inspiring drawing, painting and sculpture studios; a dedicated art and design library and resource area; fully equipped wood and metal workshops with CNC and laser cutting facilities; and a screen printing studio.

The talks will continue to take place at the Northern Design Centre, a dedicated space for creative and design-led businesses in the North East and who have worked with Design Event on the talks programme and symposium since 2016.

Spring line up :

21 March :

Design is in the detail – Elliot Brook, Deadgood; Dan Rose, RASKL; Nick James, James Design

24 April

Tim Beard, Biblioteque

24 May

Jack Renwick, Jack Renwick studio

Details of speakers and tickets can be found HERE

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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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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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Legendary US rock band Pixies release their hotly anticipated new album Head Carrier today, and next week artwork for the record by long-time collaborator Vaughan Oliver will go on display for the first time at the 2016 Northern Design Festival in Newcastle.

Born in Sedgefield, County Durham, Oliver studied at Northumbria University (then Newcastle Polytechnic) and is best known for his iconic covers for albums by influential artists such as the Cocteau Twins, Throwing Muses and, of course, the Pixies, with his striking cover for their 1989 album, Doolittle making the Guardian’s list of greatest record sleeves of all time.

He explains, “Working with the Pixies over the last 30 years has always been full of natural inspiration for me as art director and designer. Their lyrics are packed with strange and wonderful imagery and their music delivers all on a visceral salver.

With their last album I started collaborating with Ian Pollock who was able to bring characters in the songs to terrible life. Charles (Pixies’ creative lead otherwise known as Black Francis/Frank Black) gave me a bag full of lyrics and briefed Ian and myself with plenty of space to interpret. Charles likes the fact that his work goes through my filter and also Ian’s. Ian spewed out his art. I commented, guided and myself and Joshua Price (my current intern form University of Greenwich) collaged the package together. Joshua added some wooden lettering he’d designed and shot so it was all very collaborative.

Visitors to the Festival will be able to see artwork for the deluxe album set alongside work by nine other internationally renowned designers at the Assembly House on Westgate Road in Newcastle as part of graphics exhibition, Where Do Ideas Come From?  Split across ten themes including Pattern, Process, Typography, Pop Culture and Visual Puns, the exhibition features the work of leading graphic designers and image makers presented alongside unique insights into their inspirations and creative process.

As well as Vaughan Oliver, whose work spans music, fashion and film, Where Do Ideas Come From? will include witty double-take images by award-winning international artist, Noma Bar; Prototypes by Chrissie Macdonald – inspired by her interest in kinetic devices and inventions, particularly fictional ones in films from her childhood like Weird Science, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory and E.T.; WallpaperSTORE* Packaging Design by A Practice for Everyday Life; Maps by typographer Alan Kitching highlighting places he has lived, worked and visited, offering a very personal journey; and a series for Cass Art pads by Pentagram’s Angus Hyland where each cover is used as a space to ex- plore the medium that is intended to be used on that particular pad. The exhibition is supported by Newcastle creative agency, JUMP.

Where Do Ideas Come From? is one of eight exhibitions at this year’s Northern Design Festival – a showcase of the best in contemporary design by leading northern, national and international designers across graphics, furniture, fashion, illustration, architecture, ceramics, textiles and lighting. Ranging from Turner Prize winners to some of the UK’s hottest emerging makers, it features work by more than 65 designers and architects, plus a programme of special events, tours and talks including the inaugural Design NOW symposium on 7 October.

The 2016 Northern Design Festival takes place from 7-16 October at venues in Newcastle and Gateshead. Download a brochure or browse the programme to find out what’s on or to book tickets online.

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The North East’s design, architecture and creative businesses will come together at the region’s inaugural Design NOW symposium, taking place in Gateshead on 7 October.

Organised as part of the 2016 Northern Design Festival, the symposium will see some of the most influential names in the UK design industry give insights into their creativity and practice. Speakers include the 2015 Turner Prize winners Assemble, internationally-renowned artist Noma Bar and Newcastle-based design brand Deadgood.

Dan Ziglam, CEO of Deadgood Ltd, said: “The Deadgood brand has its roots in the North East so it’s fantastic for us to be a part of this event, speaking alongside some of the biggest names in design today. The region’s creative sector is going from strength to strength so it’s appropriate that this celebration of good design takes place here.”

Deadgood Ltd was established by Northumbria University 3D design graduates Dan Ziglam and Elliot Brook. The firm produces a cutting edge collection of furniture, lighting and interior products, working with clients including Tyneside Cinema, The Core and the Toffee Factory in Newcastle, as well as producing interiors for venues across the UK and Europe.

The symposium will be moderated by graphic designer, writer and Senior Tutor in Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art, Adrian Shaughnessy. The line-up is completed by Angus Hyland, partner at the world’s largest independent design consultancy, Pentagram; and Liv Taylor, Head of Research at PATTERNITY which is the world’s leading specialist organisation dedicated solely to pattern.

Karen Nairstone, Director of the 2016 Northern Design Festival, said: “The North East has firmly established itself as a real hotbed of creativity. We’ve seen a marked increase in recent years in the number of design, architecture and creative businesses choosing the North East as their base so it makes sense that a symposium like Design NOW, which will bring together the leading lights of the industry, takes place in Gateshead.”

The Northern Design Centre in Gateshead, which is home to many of the region’s creative and design-led businesses, is hosting the Design NOW symposium.

Gateshead Councillor Gary Haley, Cabinet Member for Economy said: “Northern Design Centre is not only the place to find some of the region’s hottest design talent but it’s also a regional resource for industry to learn about what good design looks like and how it can drive and sustain business growth.

“We are thrilled to work with the Northern Design Festival again and host the Design NOW symposium, where our world class speakers will share their experience on the value good design brings.

The visual identity for the 2016 Northern Design Festival was created by Newcastle’s JUMP, a full-service creative agency which has recently announced new contract wins with Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The Design NOW symposium is on Friday 7 October at the Northern Design Centre in Gateshead. It is part of the 2016 Northern Design Festival, which takes place from 7 to 16 October at venues across Newcastle and Gateshead.

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The Northern Design Festival 2016 takes place in Newcastle and Gateshead from 7 to 16 October, exploring the theme of ‘where do ideas come from?’. Through a programme of events, exhibitions, talks and workshops we will discover how ideas evolve into the furniture, products, posters, brands and buildings which surround us every day.

To kick off the festival, we’ll be welcoming some of the UK’s leading creative talent in the fields of architecture, design, graphics and illustration for our inaugural design symposium, Design NOW.

Curated by Design Event and supported by the Northern Design Centre, the Design NOW symposium will address questions including ‘what value can good design bring?’ and ‘how can we nurture creativity?’.

Speakers include the winners of the 2015 Turner Prize, designer and architect collective Assemble; Israel born graphic designer, illustrator and artist Noma Bar; and graphic designer, author and creative director Angus Hyland.

Festival Director Karen Nairstone, said: “We’re thrilled to have secured an outstanding panel of speakers for this, our first Design NOW symposium.

“As well as addressing the theme of this year’s Northern Design Festival, ‘where do ideas come from?’ our panel will be giving an insight into their own inspiration, output and creative practices.”

 The identity for this year’s Northern Design Festival has been created by Newcastle-based creative agency JUMP.

Lucy Batley, Co-Founder and Creative Director of JUMP, said: We are delighted to present the identity for this year’s Northern Design Festival. The visual identity responds to the overarching festival theme of ‘Where do ideas come from?’. In search of the source of our own ideas we recognise that each process is unique. The maze graphic represents the individual journeys and the paths they follow, all of which are connected to the same destination – the arrival of an idea. The identity also acts as an invitation to explore, examine and discover the festival.

“JUMP are proud to support Northern Design Festival, which showcases the best in creative design, and promises to deliver the most ambitious festival to date.”

The Design NOW symposium takes place on Friday 7 October, 10.30am to 4.30pm at the Northern Design Centre in Gateshead.

A limited number of early bird tickets for Design NOW, priced at £53, are available to buy from today.

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View the full line-up for the 2016 Northern Design Festival.

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Design degree shows in the North East showcase some of the most innovative emerging designers and makers fresh out of University, it’s a fantastic opportunity to find original design and to discover new designers who could be the one’s to watch out for!

North East degree shows include:

Newcastle College – 6th – 10th June 2016

Graduates from the Foundation Diploma and Higher Education degree courses will be exhibiting an eclectic mix of work from a range of subjects including, Graphic design, Advertising, Fashion, Furniture design but to name a few. Well worth a visit to discover some of the North Easts emerging talent.

Northumbria University ‘REVEAL’ 14 – 24th June 2016

Northumbria University graduates from courses such as architecture, design, fashion, fine art, media and performing arts will be exhibiting their final degree show nationally and internationally across a range of venues in Newcastle and Gateshead, exhibitions will be taking place in Northumbria’s city centre campus as well as BALTIC, Northern Stage and Tyneside Cinema.

Sunderland University 10th – 17th June 2016

Sunderland University’s recent graduates will be exhibiting their work comprising of design, fine art, photography, glass and ceramics, across three venues, CitySpace, Priestman building and the National Glass Centre.

Cleveland College of Art & Design ‘Vision’ 3rd – 11th June 2016

CCAD graduates will be exhibiting works that span a range of courses such as fashion, graphic communication, fine art, and textiles to name only a few, this is a chance to see some exciting talent coming out of the North East into the creative industries.

Degree Shows in North Yorkshire and Lancashire include:

Leeds University school of design ‘KAPOW’ 16th – 24th June 2016

Showcasing final year, undergraduate students from each of the degree programmes, visitors will have the opportunity to discover a broad range of work spanning from Graphic and Communication design to Textile Design and Fashion.

Sheffield Hallam University 10th – 24th June 2016

Students from a range of backgrounds in architecture, design, jewellery and metalwork to name but a few, will be coming together to showcase their final degree show in Sheffield’s creative quarter in Fitzalan Square.

Liverpool school of Art & Design 26th May – 10th June 2016

This years exhibition will include an array of work from final year students spanning a range of creative courses including, Architecture, Fashion, Fine Art, Graphic Design and Spatial design exhibiting across five floors of the John Lennon Art & Design building.

Manchester school of Art 11th – 22nd June 2016

Manchester’s degree show will be celebrating the achievements and talents of many of its final year design students, the show will be taking place in the Benzie, Grosvenor and Chatham buildings in the Manchester Metropolitan University All Saints Campus.