Now firmly established in the national design calendar, the Northern Design Festival is a showcase of the best in contemporary design by leading northern, national and international designers across graphics, furniture, fashion, illustration, architecture, ceramics, textiles and lighting.
The 2017 Festival theme is Material Matters. Director Karen Nairstone explains, “ We encounter materials every day. From the fabrics of our clothes which we touch as we dress in the morning, to the buildings we pass as we walk down the street, materials inhabit in our daily life. It's a theme which will be explored and celebrated through brand new commissions from internationally renowned designers and artists alongside work from established and up-and-coming Northern designers and creatives.”
The full programme of exhibitions, talks and special events will announced later this month; highlights
A site-specific installation by Giles Miller Studio , this yet to be titled experimental new work will explore
light and reflection and how this can be manipulated. Giles Miller Studio specialises in the development of innovative surface, sculptural and architectural works and have created award-winning work ranging in scale from individual mosaic tiles to artworks the size of buildings for clients including Stella McCartney, the Design Museum and the V&A.
A brand new exhibition by Newcastle-born graphic artist Jimmy Turrell , who has previously created work for Adidas, Beck, The Guardian and The New York Times. In 2016 Jimmy bought a job lot of 1,000
vintage books and objects on ebay, ranging from 1920s skiing manuals to vintage scrapbooks of the
Norwegian royal family. He then cherry-picked the best pieces to screen-print, draw and paint onto.
Unforsaken is about finding the beauty in forgotten and discarded materials and bringing them back to life in a completely new context.
The UK's largest independent materials library, SCIN will present Material Explorations - exciting
materials and material properties that have become key within architecture and design. Ranging from
traditional materials that are made to look like something they are not; to everyday materials like human hair and salt which are being applied in architecture and fashion with thought-provoking results; and materials which until now were regarded as waste, given a makeover and reintroduced as unique
materials for interiors and product design.
The 2017 Northern Design Festival takes place from 3-8 November at venues in Newcastle and
Gateshead, including the historic Assembly House on Westgate Road in Newcastle city centre as the
Festival hub. Full programme and venue details will be announced in September. For more information
visit www.designevent.co.uk @DesignEventNE
Rocalia is the first natural stone exhibition in France. It will take place from 5 to 7 December 2017 at Eurexpo Lyon.
This new fair is reserved for stone professionals and all prescribers of ornamental rocks and constructions in the building, decoration, restoration of heritage, landscaping.
Rocalia proposes numerous animations to promote and enhance the novelties of the natural stone sector:
March 6-9, 2018 in Xiamen City, China.
China Xiamen International Stone Fair was founded in 2001. Making full use of rich stone resource in Fujian Province and Xiamen port advantage, Xiamen Stone Fair develops rapidly and become the largest professional stone exhibition in the world. The purposes of this fair are to: display new products, new technology and equipments, create business opportunities, improve the communication of global stone industry, so as to promote for the development of the whole stone industry and increase trading volume.
The success of Xiamen Stone Fair makes Xiamen famous as "global stone center", which is helpful for the development of local economy and the progress of the exhibition industry. On one hand, the abundant industrial resource makes contribute to the development of Xiamen Stone Fair; on the other hand, Xiamen Stone Fair was held each year successfully, which also bring facilities for local companies to exploit global market, learn about the latest technology and trends. The matured mode of Xiamen Stone Fair has brought Xiamen city rich exhibition experience, helped to give full play to regional advantage and cultivate more featured conferences and exhibitions, and forcefully stimulated local economic growth. Drawing on this successful mode, Xiamen keeps innovating and makes improvement to progress toward the International center of conference and exhibition.