2015 Northern Design Festival Programme

To mark Design Event’s tenth birthday we are working with Newcastle Arts Centre and will be taking over the Assembly House – a stunning Grade II* listed building on Westgate Road in Newcastle city centre.

Our programme builds on the amazing decade of design showcased so far. The Design Event MART will feature work by the best designers emerging from across the North of England and we’re thrilled to be part of the UK launch of David Irwin’s M Lamp, originally developed with investment from Design Event. Our Crafts Council partnership showcases work by leading emerging makers from their Hothouse programme and we have selected 10 rugs from NODE’s beautiful hand made collection of rugs by Chris Haughton, Sanna Annukka and Oliver Jeffers amongst others.

We are delighted to be working with the RIBA this year to present innovative design ideas in their Work in Progress exhibition, and to present Design Talks with William Russell, partner at Pentagram and Chris Haughton, illustrator and founder of NODE. 2015 is also Deadgood’s tenth birthday and they will be presenting a selection of products from their latest range, as well as sponsoring our Architects Breakfast.

The Festival will take place from 21-25 October 2015 at The Assembly House, 55 Westgate Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 1SG. The nearest Metro / train is Newcastle Central Station. Opening times are 10:00 – 18:00 Wednesday & Thursday, 10:00 – 17:00 Friday & Saturday and 11:00 – 17:00 Sunday.

Tickets are priced £2.50 for exhibition entry (free for under 18s), £5 for individual talks, or £11 for a Festival pass (unlimited entry to exhibitions and two talks). You can buy tickets on the door and income will contribute to the ongoing renovation of The Assembly House.

Dated: 20/10/2015
The Northern Design Festival at the Assembly House, Westgate Road, Newcastle which is made up of 7 exhibitions over 2 floors featuring work by 50+ designers and architects ...

Crafts Council: Hothouse

In partnership with the Crafts Council, this exhibition will showcase work by emerging makers taking part in the 2015 Hothouse…

chris_haughton-owl WEB CROP

NODE showcase

A graphics showcase of ten beautiful rugs by leading artists, designers and illustrators including Sanna Annukka, Michelle Romo, Oliver Jeffers…

monochrome products and slate by Sasa Savic

Design Event MART 2015

The Design Event MART is a curated selling exhibition presenting the best in contemporary design from 16 designers from across…

RIBA NE Architecture Open

RIBA Architecture Open 2015

A showcase of shortlisted projects from the RIBA’s design competition, Architecture Open 2015. The theme this year is Work in…

David Irwin M Lamp WEB CROP

David Irwin: Lighting Installation

Newcastle-based designer David Irwin developed the prototype for his M Lamp with seed investment from Design Event through the Design…

Deadgood 2015


Deadgood will be showcasing a carefully curated selection of products from their cutting edge collection of modern British furniture, lighting…

1st Floor Northern Design Festival

Tools for Everyday Life

The Tools for Everyday Life project is an on-going initiative to investigate the role and relevancy of materials and processes…

Design Talks - William Russell - Alexander McQueen Los Angeles flagship store WEB CROP

2015 Design Talks

We’ve put together a programme of talks from leading national practitioners William Russell (Partner, Pentagram) and Chris Haughton (Founder, NODE)…

Products in White Room - credit Sasa Savic

Architects Breakfast

Thursday 22 October, 8.30am – 10am An exclusive opportunity for architects, interior designers, developers and commissioners to visit the exhibitions…