Design-Nation is a leading portfolio for designer-makers based in the UK who create craft, design and product.
At Design-Nation we place an emphasis on the value of design and craft as an integral part of the UK’s creative and cultural legacy. Our frequently updated portfolio showcases superlative contemporary British designer–makers, whose collective works demonstrate authentic, exceptional craftsmanship and design ability. This all-encompassing portfolio provides an exciting, overarching view of contemporary design and craft in Britain.
In collaboration with partners, champions and investors, Design-Nation’s aim is to strengthen business and creative development opportunities for the contemporary design and craft sector.
The success of our mission to date is evidenced by a portfolio that comprises a rich and diverse pool of highly skilled designers and makers. As a trusted resource, this portfolio is a one-stop destination for anyone with a keen interest in design and craft or those wishing to commission or learn more about this growing sector, including: designers, collaborators, architects, students, retailers, manufacturers, journalists, collectors, and commissioners.
At Design-Nation, we value the heritage and provenance of contemporary design and craft. At the same time, we are focused on the future development growth and innovation of this important sector.
A potted history: Design-Nation was founded in 1999 by the late Peta Levi MBE , a stalwart supporter of British design. In 2014, we found a permanent home at The National Centre for Craft & Design in Sleaford, Lincolnshire. In 2017, Design-Nation merged with Design Factory, a respected membership organisation, to create a single leading UK-based design and craft portfolio and network. We achieved this in partnership with North Kesteven District Council, a Lincolnshire-based authority with an established commitment to arts and culture. Design-Nation is supported by Arts Council England, as well as a number of committed brand ambassadors.