Design-Nation is a leading portfolio for designer-makers based in the UK who create craft, design and product.
Our mission is to bring together partners, champions and investment, to strengthen business and creative development in the contemporary design and crafts sector. Our online portfolio was launched as a resource for designers, architects, interior decorators, retailers, manufacturers and the general public, in fact for anyone interested in the best of contemporary craft and design.
Design-Nation was founded in 1999 by the late Peta Levi MBE , who previously established the prestigious talent-spotting showcase New Designers. Peta’s ambition created a rich design resource for those who wish to Collaborate, Consult, Commission, Trade, Buy, Collect, Source, Research and Innovate
In 2014 a new permanent home was created for Design-Nation at The National Centre for Craft & Design and in 2017 Design-Nation merged with prestigious membership organisation Design Factory, to create ONE leading portfolio and network. Continuing to be known as the established brand, and guarantee of quality Design-Nation, we support the very best and most diverse UK-based contemporary craft and design and nurture emerging talent. Bringing together partners, champions and investment, the new Design-Nation strengthens business and creative development in the contemporary design and crafts sector across the UK.
This strong alliance of organisations has been created in partnership with North Kesteven District Council, a Lincolnshire authority that has a long-standing commitment to arts and culture. Our brand ambassadors include leading designers Andrew Tanner, Sue Pryke, Kathryn Holford, Helen Yardley, Stuart Akroyd and The Unloved, all of whom have made substantial contributions to our continued success.