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Design-Nation’s members old & new make an impact

We like making news and are even more delighted when our designer-maker members get noticed by the media – we must be doing something right. Recently there’s been a fair amount of press interest in our members old and new, which is great. Here’s a short round-up.

In February we had no less than 22 amazing designers join the Design-Nation portfolio and we’ve been pleased to see this new cohort getting deserved attention, starting with a lovely overview by Material Source, which especially looked at Porter + Trundle, Emily Jo Gibbs, Harriet Caslin, Helen Slater Stokes and Kirsty Adams.

Emily Jo Gibbs’ delicate embroidered portraits were also featured in this month’s Homes & Antiques and Simple Things magazines as “Maker of the Month”, and contemporary furniture and product designers Porter + Trundle were profiled by Design Milk.

It was also good to see our more established members getting exposure for their wonderful work: designer Melanie Roseveare has produced some amazing lines of gorgeous dinnerware embellished in gold and deep pinks and blues, for her own label Melody Rose and for cultural retailers such as the Sir John Soane Museum. But would these be seen as an unnecessary luxury in lockdown? Trade paper Tableware International celebrates the brand’s recent sales successes, proof that great design is always in demand.

Ceramic Review’s July/August issue profiles Katie Lowe as “One to Watch” – we couldn’t agree more, as Katie’s elegant slipware is perfect for contemporary interiors. (And, full disclosure, Katie is also part of the fantastic team at our “sister” gallery, The National Centre for Craft & Design, which has just re-opened).

The Design-Nation team are here to support excellence and innovation in design and craft across the UK, with the able support of our many valued partners and suppliers, including Seen PR.


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