Liverpool Design Show 2011 Announces Key Exhibitors

If you are a designer, and wish to exhibit alongside these top names, applications are still open through to 15th July 2011. Details are available from our website

The annual celebration of contemporary design and catwalk fashion returns for its third year.

Following last year’s great success with visitors and exhibitors alike the Design Show has been extended to 3 days this year in the stunning neo-classical surroundings of the Grade 1 listed St Georges Hall. Around 100 independent designer makers of furniture, ceramics, lighting, jewellery and fashion will be showing their work, discussing their skills and selling their creations to an expected 5000 visitors. (Ticket info

The Key Exhibitors this year are;

Tatty Devine –Handmade in England, Tatty Devine is famous for its inventive and creative jewellery. They have been commissioned to create catwalk pieces as well as high street collections and enjoy cult status in Japan, America and Australia as well as Europe. Listed by Dazed and Confused as one of the top 50 coolest brands worldwide this is their first visit to Liverpool. Design Show visitors can have fun creating their own accessories in Tatty Devine’s weekend workshops.

Curiousa and Curiousa – Esther Patterson produces elegant lamps and lighting from hand blown glass and bone china. Drawing on her background in graphic design Esther also creates surface patterns for fabric and these were recently featured on BBC2’s ‘Britain’s Next Big Thing’.

Kirsty Hull – one of the big successes at last year’s Design Show, Kirsty is an up and coming Cheshire based furniture designer and upholsterer who breathes new life into traditional designs with her unique hand embroidered fabrics. Whether rescuing old furniture or working with new solid mahogany frames all Kirsty’s pieces are handmade using traditional methods.

Thorsten Van Elten – Theo is the new eclectic and inspirational online shop brought to you by Thorsten van Elten who has been producing icon design-led objects such as the Pigeon Light, Antlers and Plant Cup since 2002.Theo launched in July 2010 and sells mainly British and Central European products which have a long lasting quality and aesthetic. Their motto is: Buy less…but buy better!

Lazerian – Manchester based artist Liam Hopkins creates breathtaking furniture and lamps precision cut from cardboard and plywood with a wood router . These beautiful sculptural pieces draw crowds to wonder at how they defy the limitations of such prosaic materials.

There will also be the premiere of the A/W 2011 collection from Claudette Joseph on the catwalk. Claudette can count Helen Mirren and Julie Christie as customers, and her latest collection combines influences and inspirations from the 1940’s featuring strong lines with a colour palette of white, chartreuse, navy and soft rose. The Design Show gives visitors an exclusive opportunity to meet Claudette and order or buy directly from her as her clothes are not available in shops or boutiques in the North West.

Explaining the ethos at the heart of the Liverpool Design Festival, Director Tara Badami, said;

“We want to inspire and excite designers and public alike by providing a platform and a focus on the very best in contemporary design.”

During the four day festival there will be a Design Trail for the intrepid and not-so-intrepid design consumer to follow across the city, offering opportunities to view exhibitions and installations of high quality work from textiles in the suburbs of Crosby and Kirkby, to photography, furniture and fashion in city centre stores. Partnering again with other Liverpool venues committed to contemporary design, the Design Trail will also highlight exhibits at the Bluecoat, the Tate and FACT.

During the Design Show there will be an exhibition of work by winners and runners up in Design Stars – a competition for school pupils which aims to encourage the designers of the future by participating in workshops with professionals. Last year’s categories were product, surface pattern and video game design.

The Design Festival and show are run by Design Initiative which is an industry body and charity based in Liverpool and Manchester. It works to support independent designers, helping them to promote their work and provide professional development through talks, seminars and conferences. The Design Festival and Show are made possible with the financial support of the City of Liverpool and Arts Council England.