Design Manchester 14

Following last year’s inaugural event, the organisers of Design Manchester have unveiled the line-up for this year’s edition – featuring the likes of Michael C Place, Tony Brook and Brazilian designer Rejane Dal Bello.

This year’s Design Manchester takes the theme of ‘The Science of Imagination’ and, according to host Malcolm Garrett, ‘taps into Manchester’s prolific legacy in innovation and technology’.

The festival will take place over ten days next month, and will focus on the Design Manchester 14 Conference, which will take place on 24 October.

Still from Gravity, which featured production design by Andy Nicholson
Still from Gravity, which featured production design by Andy Nicholson

Hosted by Malcolm Garrett, Peter Saville and Manchester School of Art’s David Crow, the conference will feature talks from Rejane Dal Bello, interaction designer Ross Phillips, Gravity production designer Andy Nicholson and Build’s Michael C Place, who will be in conversation with Design Week editor Angus Montgomery.

There’s plenty going on outside the conference too, with highlights including the Adidas SPEZIAL exhibition, which will bring together more than 700 pairs of Adidas footwear while Unit Editions’ Adrian Shaughnessy, Tony Brook and Sam Stevenson will host an evening of talks and a Q&A session.

Work by Michael C Place's consultancy Build
Work by Michael C Place’s consultancy Build

Opening on 18 September will be the 10 x 10 exhibition at Federation House, which showcase ten works created from collaborations between local artists and designers including Brendan Dawes and Si Scott.

There will also be a performance by Metamono of Science of Nature, ‘a live analogue electronic soundtrack for early 20th century science films from the BFI collection’ and The Dress of Glass and Flame – an artwork exhibition by Professor Helen Storey at Manchester Art Gallery.

Work by Rejane Dal Bello
Work by Rejane Dal Bello

Design Manchester takes place over ten days from 21 October and tickets go on sale from 18 September. For more information visit

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  • Kevin November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Come and see us at 53 King street

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