‘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

tickets £6-7.50


NDF 2017 award winners

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.

unforsaken Jimmy Turrell - Beck video still_preview

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.

studentsymposium feature

Here at Design Event we love students and want to inspire the next generation of designers so we’re offering student tickets to this year’s Design NOW Symposium for only £40.00!  Join us for a full day event (including a free lunch) and hear from some of the UK’s leading creative talent for an insight into their work, inspirations and creative practices.

“A great day that sparked motivation, inspiration and passion for design.”

“I came away feeling inspired.”


Anthony Burrill: Graphic artist, print- maker and designer Anthony Burrill’s work is held in the V&A and the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and is sought after by collectors and clients including Apple, Google and Hermés.

Giles Miller: Giles Miller believes that spaces are defined by the surfaces that frame them. His interest focuses on light, reflection, texture and the manipulation of these elements to create conceptually subtle yet beautifully functional works.

Jimmy Turrell: Jimmy Turrell combines a love of collage, drawing, screenprinting and painting alongside digital techniques. He collects ephemera to cut up and repurpose, in search of strange and awkward juxtapositions.

Paul Scharf: Paul Scharf has worked for G.F. Smith for 31 years, visiting graphic designers and printers with their fine papers. Paul will present the history of G.F. Smith from their establishment in 1885 right up to MadeThought’s recent rebrand.

Sarah Hyndman: Sarah Hyndman founded Type Tasting in 2013. She is a graphic designer, writer and speaker with expertise in multi sensory typography. She is interested in the psychology of type and aims to change the way we think about typography.

Curated by Design Event, in partnership with the Northern Design Centre, and supported by Different, Newcastle College and G.F. Smith. Read more about the 2017 Northern Design Festival partners.

Northern Design Centre, Baltic Business Quarter, Gateshead NE8 3DF

Friday 3 November, 10am-5pm

Professionals £65, Students £40.

Booking required – click here to book online.

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We’re looking for a team of dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers for this year’s Northern Design Festival. Design Event was established in 2005 to showcase good design and support designers across the North. We do this through a range of programmes including the Northern Design Festival, showcasing at the London Design Festival and our talks programme featuring leading designers.

2017 marks our 12th birthday and this year we are celebrating all things material with our theme: Material Matters. Over the last 12 years we have welcomed over 250,000 visitors to our festivals, worked with in excess of 1,400 designers, delivered a multitude of talks and workshops, and held over 120 exhibitions and events.

We will once again be showcasing work from leading designers in the stunning Assembly House, a Grade II* listed building in the heart of Newcastle’s city centre.

The Festival will take place 3rd-8th November 2017 where we expect to welcome around 3,000 visitors.

The opportunity

The Northern Design Festival regularly recruits a brilliant team of volunteers who are invaluable to the smooth running of the Festival and enhancing the visitor experience.

For the 2017 Festival we are looking for dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers to help out with a range of tasks. As a Festival steward you will act as an ambassador and information point for our visitors, so we do ask that you take the position seriously and commit to any shifts you may be allocated.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about the exhibitions, what’s involved in organising events and to develop your communication skills and future prospects within the world of design.

What’s in it for you?

  • You will receive training in preparation and on the job, which will help you in delivering an amazing experience for Festival-goers
  • The role will enhance your CV – you will gain valuable experience of working on events and exhibitions and may have the opportunity of a professional reference
  • The chance to meet exhibitors and designers, in previous years volunteers have secured placements through their time spent at the festival.
  • The role will be best tailored to your interests and previous experience
  • You will gain insight into the work of some of the region’s leading designers
  • You’ll get a sneak preview of our stunning Festival venue
  • You’ll work in a dynamic team of like-minded people and develop new friends and contacts

What we’re looking for

We are looking for enthusiastic team players with an interest in the Festival.

Key tasks include:

  • Welcoming visitors to exhibitions and events
  • Helping out with construction, install and take down of exhibitions
  • Supporting the Festival team at openings, previews and special events
  • Helping in the pop up shop

“I volunteered at last year’s Northern Design Festival. I was involved in the whole process – setting up before, helping out during and after assisting with the de-install. This gave me invaluable insight into what goes into creating exhibitions and events. In addition I met other creatives; students and people already working in industry, some of whom even went on to help with my final major project! It was all in all a highly beneficial and enjoyable experience, great for making contacts and enhancing your C.V. – Anna Ishimoto, 2016 volunteer.

I got involved with Design Event just after I graduated in 2008. I was looking to gain work experience in a creative environment. As I studied design at university this was a perfect opportunity right in the heart of Newcastle.I joined the team as a volunteer and help to invigilate various exhibitions across the Festival. It was a fantastic opportunity to work in a different environment with new people and it was brilliant engaging with the general public. The event gave me responsibility and built my confidence in approaching people and talking about their opinions and my own. It also showed me that I could be creative in a different way.” Previous Festival volunteer

How to apply

Please complete this online application as soon as possible, and no later than 6th October 2017. Also please note last year we experienced difficulties with emails so please add to your email contacts to ensure you receive any emails. If you have any questions please email Zoe at


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



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Read more about NB in this interview for Eye on Design


We couldn’t bring you the 2017 Northern Design Festival without the support of our partners. This year’s festival is supported by the following organisations, all of which champion great design.

Arts Council England

Arts Council England champions and develops art and culture across the country, investing public money to help bring great art and culture to everyone. This year’s Northern Design Festival is supported by Arts Council England and we are also working with the following partners.

Festival partners

Newcastle College

Newcastle College delivers art and design courses in its purpose built Mandela Building, 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.


JUMP is a full-service creative agency based here in the North East. As well as creating the identity for this year’s Northern Design Festival, they have worked with clients including the National Trust, the People’s Theatre and NE1.

Cleveland College of Art and Design

Cleveland College of Art and Design offers unique creative degrees supported by the highest quality of teaching and a community in which to develop as a successful artist or designer. Their unique, extensive, dedicated facilities provide students with the best opportunity to excel.

Newcastle Arts Centre

Newcastle Arts Centre Limited was founded as an arts development company in 1981. Since then it has brought back to use a group of nine abandoned buildings in the city centre, including our Festival venue The Assembly House, and has provided home for dozens of arts related companies. Newcastle Arts Centre now has 89,000 visitors a year, making it one of the most active independent arts centres in England.

Crafts Council
The Crafts Council has been supporting makers for over four decades. Their new programme is a bespoke offer of day-long or half-day learning opportunities throughout the country. Workshops strike a balance between information-led and practical training, always in a friendly, open atmosphere that encourages discussion and informal networking.


RIBA champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture. RIBA North East acts as a co-ordinating body between chartered architects, allied building professionals and the public in the North East. The overarching aim is the advancement of architecture and the delivery of high standards of design and fitness for purpose within the built environment.

Durham Gin

This small-batch craft distillery creates hand-crafted spirits using traditional methods, for people who care about the provenance, quality, and craft of the products they consume.

Potts Print 

Potts Print (UK) delivers carbon balanced lithographic and customised digital print services to the UK & Europe from its HQ in Cramlington, Northumberland.


Ryder’s goal is simple – to improve the quality of the world around us and, in doing so, improve people’s lives.  An approach embedded in the origins of Ryder which remains a touchstone today.

Design NOW symposium partners

Northern Design Centre

A dedicated space for creative and design-led businesses in the North East, the Northern Design Centre will host Design NOW, our inspiring design symposium.


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.

G.F. Smith

G.F. Smith paper merchants was founded in 1885 by George Frederick Smith, a man with a singular passion for paper who sought out the finest manufacturers of his day. Today, G.F. Smith retains his passion for paper and its possibilities.

Design Source Partners


Established in 1986, Abercrombies undertake interior design and decoration projects in commercial and residential areas and sectors. The Jesmond showroom is an unrivalled source of both historical and contemporary fabrics and wall coverings.

Cool Blue

This multi-award winning, integrated marketing agency believe that great design improves everything and have designed brands and campaigns for Barker & Stonehouse, Matthew Williamson, Huntsman and Story Homes, amongst others.


NBS is committed to offering distinctive, innovative specification and information solutions to construction industry professionals and are proud to be leading the construction industry in its digital evolution. Combining world leading technology with expert knowledge, NBS is trusted to help construction industry professionals make the best project decisions.


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.  

Architects Breakfast Partner


BoConcept have been designing and manufacturing furniture for more than 60 years, meaning that they respect heritage, but understands how vital it is to keep pace with a rapidly changing world. They have an outlet in Newcastle’s Fenwick’s department store with experienced professional interior designers.

A huge thank you to all of our partners who have helped to make this year’s Northern Design Festival possible.


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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Assembly House outside at night

Design Event is looking for a positive, enthusiastic person with excellent interpersonal and organisational skills, who is able to manage their own workload and work well as part of a team. The successful candidate will have an enthusiasm for design, organising exhibitions and events and a drive to learn new skills and maximise this opportunity.


  • Experience of developing and installing exhibitions or events
  • Strong administrative skills
  • strong organisational skills
  • Excellent IT skills including Mircrosoft office
  • Design skills desirable (InDesign, Adobe Photoshop)
  • Good communication skills
  • Excellent time management
  • Ability to work on own initiative as well as part of a team
  • Ability to work flexible hours over the festival and install/breakdown period 23 October -17 November (festival dates are 3-8 November)
  • Methodical worker
  • Ability to carry out moderate physical tasks


Events / Exhibitions

Supporting on all aspects of events and exhibitions

  • Supporting with exhibition layouts
  • Liaising with exhibitors and designers on delivery and collection of works
  • Managing associated admin, – loan agreements, delivery notes, condition reports
  • Exhibition installation with Design Event team.
  • Co-ordinating signage
  • Preparation of exhibition interpretation panels
  • Curating pop up shop
  • Managing retail display and information
  • Managing pop up shop stock and sales systems
  • Supporting invigilation of exhibitions and events with Design Event team

Support with logistics for talks and symposium

  • Organising travel and accommodation for speakers
  • Liaising with venue on event logistics and catering
  • Liaising with event partners


  • General administrative support to the Design Event team
  • Liaising with event partners, designers, volunteers and venues

The post is from 2nd August – 24th November 3 days per week with some additional days during period 1st – 8th November.

Salary is £17,000 pro rata’d dependent on experience.

To Apply :

Please send covering letter and CV outlining your skills and experience relevant to the post, to Karen Nairstone – Deadline 13th July 2017.

ttw inspired

Our next Design Talk is with world-renowned typographer, designer and letterpress practitioner Alan Kitching.

Alan’s career began as an apprentice compositor in 1956 and led to establishing his own design practice in London in 1973. The Typography Workshop began in Clerkenwell in 1989 and Alan’s collaboration with designer and writer Celia Stothard followed in 1994 resulting in various joint projects, teaching workshops and the purchase of letterpress materials. Together they established The Typography Workshop printroom and studio in Lambeth in 2005.

Alan was appointed Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) and elected member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) in 1994. He was made Fellow of the Royal College of Art (FRCA) in 1998, and Visiting Professor at the London Institute (University of the Arts London) in 2001.

Through the traditional techniques of letterpress printing, employing wood and metal type, relief printing processes and an assortment of presses, Alan produces unique graphic images which have featured on postage stamps, theatre posters and billboards as well as compositions for corporate identities, magazine and book covers, and illustrations. In some instances his images have been printed as multiples in small editions.

29 June 2017

18:00 – 20:00

Northern Design Centre

Hawks Road



Tickets £6-£7.50 BUY TICKETS


Design Source is a curated exhibition of the best design-led furniture, surface, textile, lighting, illustration, ceramics, product, jewellery, fashion accessory and print-based design from across the North of England. The Exhibition is part of the Northern Design Festival in Newcastle upon Tyne.

The Northern Design Festival champions good design across disciplines including architecture, graphics, surface, product design and fashion; engaging industry, makers, individuals, students and young people in a range of events from exhibitions and installations to talks, tours and our Design NOW symposium.

We are pleased to announce the open call for submissions of work to be included in the exhibition. Design Event invites submissions of innovative and high quality design-led work from furniture, surface, textile, lighting, illustration, product, jewellery and fashion accessory designers and makers based in the North East, North West and Yorkshire & Humber.

Design Source takes over from the Design Event MART as the curated selling exhibition showcasing the best in contemporary design from the North of England. It forms the cornerstone of the Northern Design Festival, which over the last 10 years has attracted over 250,000 visitors.

The Venue

This year’s exhibition takes place in the stunning grade II* listed Assembly House in Newcastle’s city centre. In 2016 exhibiting designers had sales of over £30,000 and a number of commissioned projects with Architects and specifiers alongside private commissions. The event has received extensive coverage in regional and national press including Design Week,  Cool Hunting, Homes and Gardens, Living Etc, On Office, Telegraph, Sunday Times, Financial Times, and Guardian.


Selected designers will receive:

  • a dedicated exhibition space from 3-8 November with a VIP opening event on 2 November
  • The opportunity to present their work to architects at the Architects’ breakfast
  • The opportunity to meet commissioners and potential buyers
  • inclusion in Design Event extensive national and regional press campaign
  • coverage through Design Event e-bulletins and social media activity
  • consideration for Design Event Awards 2017
  • 100% of sales of exhibition works made at the exhibition
  • 60% of sales of additional shop pieces
  • exposure to regional commissioners, specifiers, retailers and buyers
  • inclusion in web directory on Design Event website for 1 year

Work submitted:

– can relate to any design discipline, provided that products are design-led and have a high quality finish

– should not have been widely exhibited in the North of England or as part of previous Northern Design Festival

–must represent the designer’s original ideas and be non-derivative

Submission and Selection

Applications must be submitted by 15 May 2017

Selected designers will be informed by 10 June 2017

Selected designers must submit a high quality image of their product by 1 July 2017

How to Apply

To apply for Design Source, please produce a powerpoint presentation to the specifications below and send to by 15 May 2017

Application Format

Slide 1: Personal details

Include: your name, company, telephone number, email address, website, postal address, and postcode

Slides 2-3: About you

Please tell us a little about yourself and your practice. Include information such as the materials/tools/techniques you work with, your previous projects and your particular interests/sources of inspiration

Slide 4: About your product

Please tell us about the product(s)/prototype(s) installation you propose to show.  Include:

Product name / Product type / Materials used

Making/manufacturing technique or process

Concept/ intended use

Production stage (prototype / complete?)

Any environmental/sustainability issues that your product addresses

Expected retail selling price

Any supporting process information that could be presented alongside the finished work – prototypes, material samples, sketches, models

Any further information you feel is relevant

You may submit up to 6 products/ranges for consideration, provided they meet the criteria described above. If you are submitting more than one product/range for consideration, please provide a separate block of information about each

Slide 5: Other exhibition experience/press. Please list :

any exhibitions your work has been featured in over the last 24 months.

any press coverage that your work has received in the last 24 months

any exhibitions that your work is due to feature in before November 2017

Slide 6-11: Images

Please supply a maximum of 6 different images of your product(s).  If your products are still in development, good quality sketches or CAD images are acceptable.

Please only supply images to which you hold the copyright or rights for reproduction and ensure details of the photographer are clearly stated, if necessary.

Please note: Design Event will assume any photography supplied to us will have your copyright permission to use for press/reproduction purposes. If your work is selected, product images supplied may also be used on Design Event website or other promotional material.

The exhibitor is responsible for any copyright issues which may arise from publication.

Terms and conditions

  1. Design Event will cover the costs of the exhibition including exhibition build, graphics, promotion, staffing.
  2. Design Event will undertake a national and regional PR campaign
  3. Design Event will design, curate and install the exhibition
  4. Designers will be able to show up to 7 products (selected by Design Event) and have selected products available for sale in a pop-up shop alongside
  5. All products exhibited and available for sale will be selected and displayed by Design Event
  6. Exhibiting designers will be required to pay an exhibitor fee of £175.  Full payment or a 50% instalment of the fee must be paid within 6 weeks of receiving an offer to exhibit.
  7. We have a small number of bursaries for designers in their first 3 years of practice at £100 each.
  8. Exhibiting designers will retain 100% of sales of exhibition pieces made as part of the exhibition. Additional pieces may be selected for the pop up shop and Design Event will take 40% commission on these additional selected pieces.
  9. Exhibiting designers will be responsible for bringing their products to the exhibition venue and removing them at the close of the exhibition at dates and times agreed with Design Event
  10. Exhibiting designers will be responsible for providing images of their work and information on themselves and their practice for marketing and interpretation purposes.  This information is to be provided in a timely manner and in the specified format
  11. If possible exhibitors will be present for the duration of the exhibition.
keith and mark minimoderns landscape

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.


15 February 2017 – Bryan Edmondson, SEA

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

More to be announced..