Design Nation takes over the Southbank shop

Previous takeovers of the Southbank’s shop have involved zombies, a nine-foot balloon reindeer and the biggest lava lamp in the world. 

Carly Dodsley, Cocktail Coasters
Carly Dodsley, Cocktail Coasters

Now, things are taking a more traditional turn, as some of the Design Nation portfolio of designers will take over the Southbank Centre Festival Terrace shop from today.

Bottles by Cumbria Crystal.
Bottles by Cumbria Crystal.

The Design Nation organisation connects British designers and craftspeople with industry.

Emma Cowlam,  Boys and Girls plate
Emma Cowlam, Boys and Girls plate

As well as selling works in ceramics, glass and other materials, the Southbank showcase also aims to give visitors an insight into the traditional British manufacturing techniques.

Gillies Jones Landscape Study Bowl 2012.
Gillies Jones Landscape Study Bowl 2012.

Pieces on show include ceramics by Billy Lloyd, Sue Pryke and English Eccentrix; and glassware from Gillies Jones, Katie Holford and Michael Ruh.

Terracotta Jar and Ceramics by Sue Pryke
Terracotta Jar and Ceramics by Sue Pryke

Adam Thow, head of retail & buying at Southbank Centre Shops, says, ‘We are looking to celebrate innovation, creativity and British manufacturing at its best but also to engage people with how things are made.

‘By showing films of the processes, by having moulds and factory paraphernalia there to touch and by inviting customers to look at the journey from start to finish we hope to foster appreciation of these beautiful objects but also a greater understanding of why good things cost what they do.’

Royal Stafford factory
Royal Stafford factory

The showcase will run until 31 October  at Southbank Centre Festival, Terrace shop, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1

Trioglo by RALLI Design
Trioglo by RALLI Design

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