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20 Makers, 20 Objects: Design-Nation celebrates signature style

In 2020 Design-Nation is celebrating twenty years of championing and supporting the UK’s incredibly talented and multifaceted design and craft sector. Our objective of bolstering business opportunities and creative development initiatives across the sector is more important than ever. Showcasing the diversity of the UK’s craft and design talent is critical during these unprecedented times.

In our landmark project, ‘20 Makers, 20 Objects’, we have curated an online showcase that celebrates selected signature pieces of design from our network. Incorporating a wide array of materials and practices, ‘20 Makers, 20 Objects’ demonstrates some of the most innovative and enduring artworks and products that our members have created to date.

In a simple brief, we asked our membership of over 250 designers and makers: ‘Do you have an artwork or product that is successful, in demand and that absolutely exemplifies you as a designer-maker – the piece that is the perfect example of your signature style?’

With the high calibre of our members’ work, Design-Nation received a huge number of exceptional applications. The twenty makers chosen to take part in this project are scattered widely across the UK, and are representative of our far-reaching programme. The craft disciplines on display are diverse: working with an extensive choice of materials, the makers are versatile and skilled in both hand and machine processes. Each finished object speaks eloquently of its maker’s approach to materials, processes, and innovation, while conveying their own particular way of seeing the world.

Who did we choose? There’s a great selection of work, encompassing tableware, lighting, furniture, textiles for home and wear, jewellery, objets d’art both sculptural and wall-hung. Head over to our Showcase microsite to find out who made these outstanding pieces.

The Design-Nation team thank our partners, suppliers, members and especially the 20 exhibitors for their involvement and enthusiasm for the project. And we are grateful to Arts Council England as our principal funder for their continuing support.

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Liz Cooper


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