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Design-Nation at Top Drawer

The UK's premier membership portfolio for contemporary craft and design returns to Top Drawer in January with 10 talented designer makers

Design-Nation, incorporating Design Factory, the UK’s premier membership portfolio for contemporary craft and design will return to Top Drawer Spring 2018, January 14-16, to showcase 10 talented designer makers. Products on display will include ceramics, fashion accessories, jewellery and homeware.

Clare Edwards, director of Design-Nation explains: "After the recent successful merger of Design-Nation and Design Factory, exhibiting at Top Drawer is the perfect way to showcase our members to a trade audience. Design Factory had a group presence in the Craft section at the show for five years and we are now excited to present a Design-Nation stand.

"Six of our exhibitors have previous Top Drawer experience and are planning to build upon previous successes at the show. The others are presenting their work to Top Drawer’s trade audience for the first time. All are hoping to gain new stockists for their work, or to attract commission or exhibition opportunities.”

The Design-Nation group has five designers working in ceramics, producing a wide range of functional and sculptural works. Oxfordshire’s Harriet Elkerton produces functional objects in slipcast porcelain, with unctuous glossy white glazed interiors and incorporating found objects.

London-based Eradu Ceramics is also returning to Top Drawer with her elegant tableware collection; slipcast minimalistic silhouettes using her signature muted grey colour palette.

Welsh ceramic designer and maker Eluned Glyn uses the Modernist and Cubist movements as points of reference, evident in the new angular vase. For her first time as a Top Drawer exhibitor Diane Griffin from Northants will present her slipcast and hand-built vases, inspired by Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall and the letters crammed between the stones of the wall.

Surface decoration and mark making are an integral part of Kate Welton’s collection of thrown functional ware, produced in her Suffolk studio and launching for the first time to a trade audience.

For the first time the Design-Nation stand will include a central display and seating area that will include work produced by Design-Nation members who are exhibiting at Top Drawer with individual stands. Products will be on display from Margo Selby (HOME, stand B24), Sue Pryke (HOME, stand C15) and Melanie Porter (HOME, stand K20).

This area also offers the chance for the design sector to get to know the new Design-Nation following the recent merger with Design Factory. Trade and design industry visitors can meet the Design-Nation team and exhibitors; designer-makers can learn more about membership and how it could benefit their businesses.

A programme of scheduled slots to meet and gain valuable advice from Design-Nation’s ambassadors and design experts, including Barbara Chandler (Evening Standard) and Andrew Tanner (Sainsbury’s Home), will shortly be announced.

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