Liverpool Design Festival 2010 – Key Exhibitors Announced

Liverpool Design Festival is delighted to announce its key exhibitors for the Design Show taking place at St. George’s Hall in the centre of Liverpool. The Show will run from Friday 19th November to Sunday 21st November.

Details on how designers can take part here


From wrapping paper to pasta bowls, Ella Doran’s work is immediately recognisable.  She has transformed everyday objects into design-conscious pieces through the clever manipulation of the photographic image, either on its own, in repeat or combined with striking hand-coloured backgrounds. With an inherent eye for detail, the designer takes her cue from the everyday world.  From the close-up of a flower petal to abstract US road signage, the hustle and bustle of a Moroccan souk to simple kitchen utensils, she has transferred her vision into a wide range of products that have breathed modern life into many interiors, from London to Tokyo and even film heroine Bridget Jones’s kitchen and Buckingham Palace.


The collective name for an ongoing series of bespoke projects designed and created by designer-enameller Ruth Ball and designer-maker Tom Sutton. Branching across the areas of jewellery, silverware and furniture, both designers will work on signature pieces for which they are both renowned, giving them new identities by combining their individual design approach. These exclusive works will be available in limited quantities produced on a commission basis.

Alongside these exclusive collections, Ruth and Tom will also focus on new joint bespoke pieces of fine silverware which share common themes within both designers’ philosophies towards the creative process. They intend to launch their first pieces at Liverpool Design Festival this year including a preview of their premier submission for the Goldsmiths Award 2011.


Using etching tehniques more traditionally used by printmakers, Rebecca Gouldson creates metal wall pieces with richly decorated surfaces; ‘drawing’ into and onto the surface of metal. Her love of drawing and printmaking is directly related to the marks made on the metal. The surfaces are created by stamping, rolling, scribing and plating the metal, as well as using various etching techniques and patinas. All these processes produce distinct qualities of line and texture and are combined with an instinctive approach to working with metal.


Ilsa Parry is a multidisciplinary designer and design educator. She is currently course leader for the 3D design course at Liverpool Community College and runs her product design agency from her workshop and Studio. Ilsa was involved recently with a BBC2 reality documentary show with Philippe Starck where she battled against 11 other competitors, selected from hundreds of entries to go on and become the winner of the show. Ilsa then spent 6 months in Paris working at the Starck agency on projects for Kartell and Fossil.

All REthinkthings products are intended to make the user think… to question. The range to be showed is high quality, intriquing and exciting and includes Kaspa, shortlisted for Gift Of The Year 2009, that uses phosphor to provide energy without electricity in lighting; a new concept in glassware, Spyke, an anti-additive drinks vessel and winner in the Liverpool Vision Innovation awards 2009; and Sworth, a freestanding lamp made from waste aluminium material – winner of Chamber of Commerce Environmental Arts Award in 2009


Sarah Thirlwell challenges the perceptions of a traditional craft by celebrating them in a contemporary context. Harnessing the processes of traditional wood-turning within a simple aesthetic. Using recycled and reclaimed materials such as yoghurt pots, vending cups and reclaimed acrylic and plywood Sarah produces a range of vessels, jewellery and functional interior products for domestic and commercial interiors.


Susan Comer deconstructs vintage and non-vintage garments to create unique, one-off wearable art pieces, which can be either worn or displayed. Each piece is hand finished and embellished with a variety of curios, such as original prints, embroidery, vintage buttons and jewellery.

Tania Oakshott makes textile jewellery from reclaimed fabrics such as old clothes and off-cuts, which hold a memory and history. Tania’s designs are inspired by flora and floral images and made to adorn the body. All pieces are handmade and original.