Design Pirates of Penzance

The idyllic Trereife House & Country Park near Penzance in Cornwall will be hosting this year’s Cornwall Design Fair, bringing design very much of the 21st Century into a beautiful 18th Century setting.

High and Dry Print by Amy Aardvark
High and Dry Print by Amy Aardvark

The event is organised in association with Hidden Art, the London-based not-for-profit membership organisation that supports designers and designer makers.

Crescent Bench by Ben Barrell
Crescent Bench by Ben Barrell

This is the fair’s sixth outing, and the event will see designers across disciplines including furniture, ceramics, glass, lighting, jewellery and textiles.

Falmouth Lampshades by Charlotte Tangye
Falmouth Lampshades by Charlotte Tangye

The curated Design at Trereife exhibition is a carefully selected spread of works, all created by Hidden Art members.

Ribbon Chair by Journeyman Furniture
Ribbon Chair by Journeyman Furniture

Rob Lewis, events manager, says ‘Curated Design has become very much part of the Design Fair and was one of the highlights of last year.’

Ceramics by Remon Jephcott
Ceramics by Remon Jephcott

Communications Manager at Hidden Art, Kathryn Green, adds, ‘The work is very wide ranging, anyone can apply. Rob [Lewis, Events Manager] selects a good range of people so there’s a good mix of everything. The work’s are all of a really high standard.’

Green says that broadly speaking, the trends she’s noticed in work being submitted for consideration in the show is increasingly focused on ‘Englishness’ and ‘sustainability.’

She explains, ‘People are looking at things that are long lasting but more expensive, and moving away from throwaway things.’

Ceramics by Rosanna Martin
Ceramics by Rosanna Martin

Cornwall Design Fair runs from 20 – 21 August at Trereife House, Penzance, Cornwall TR20.

Tickets are £6, accompanied under-16-year-olds free.

For more information visit www.hiddenart.com/cornwalldesignfair

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