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Award-Winning Craft and Design

Several of Design-Nation’s talented designers are in the news with award-winning projects and products – and some great nominations too. We congratulate them all.

In April Aberdeenshire-based furniture designer Jonathan Rose, exhibiting his piece “Soft Kist” in the Scottish Furniture Makers’ exhibition “Adjust/ Adapt“, won the Scottish Forestry award for best use of Scottish Ash.

Textile designers Valerie Wartelle (Yorkshire) and Susannah Weiland (London), who work in felt and embroidery respectively, have both received QEST scholarships to help them further develop their lovely work.

Fung + Bedford, experts in architectural origami, have been shortlisted for the inaugural Concord Art Prize, for art inspired by music. They have been awarded £1000 towards creating a new work informed by Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians. This is so appropriate, given that Angela Fung originally trained as a concert pianist.

And Margo Selby, textile artist and designer, has been awarded the Turner Medal. The Colour Group (GB), founded in 1940, is an interdisciplinary society that draws together people interested in all aspects of colour. Every two years the Group invites a distinguished artist or art historian to give the Turner Lecture, and a sterling silver medal is awarded to mark the occasion – this year the recipient is Margo, whose knowledge and flair with innovative colour combinations is a trademark of all of his impressive output, whether it be homewares or her handwoven art pieces.


Detail of Soft Kist cabinet by Jonathan Rose

Felted wool silk, flax and cotton by Valerie Wartelle (photo by Pail Railton)

Mandarin Duck by Susannah Weiland

Installation at London Design Week 2021 by Fung + Bedford (photo by Porter + Trundle)

Vexillum IV by Margo Selby


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