Design City to push design in Birmingham

Showcasing an array of Birmingham’s design talent, Design City launches at The Interiors Show, to be held at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham on 20 January.

Now in its second year, Design City has been organised by Birmingham City University and CMP United Business Media to celebrate the city’s design culture. It will feature a large exhibition of work by regional designers including university lecturers Graham Powell and Peter Wardleworth.

For the first time, this year a design pavilion will be installed in the city centre showcasing the work of eight local designers, including Scabetti, MRF Design and Guinea Pig Design.

A spokeswoman for BCU says, ‘It is important that the city’s design credentials are better understood. As an institution we have long been associated with design-led initiatives, and our partnership with CMP provides a real opportunity to showcase these connections with industry to the wider design community.’

Following the success of the 2007 event, this year’s Design City aims to capitalise on the 58 000 industry specialists and decision-makers who are predicted to visit the event to review the latest trends and products (including TableManners by Graham Powell, pictured). One BCU printed textiles graduate, Katie Scott, received a commission from Habitat after last year’s event.

Maxine Penlington, secretary and registrar for BCU, says, ‘Design City reinforces our position at the forefront of excellence across the entire spectrum of design disciplines.’

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