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Asking a transcendental question ‘Where do ideas come from?’, the Northern Design Festival harnesses a collaborative dialogue between designers in graphics, illustration, ceramics, textiles, fashion, furniture, lighting and architecture.

Taking place across a variety of venues from Friday 7th until Sunday 16th October, over 65 contemporary designers display their work, with workshops, tours and talks a major highlight of the programme.

Key aspects include Assemble, a site-specific installation at Assembly House created by the 2015 Turner Prize winners; BoConcept Design Icons depict the elements that contribute to the Imola Chair design, and they display special pieces created just for the event; Take A Seat shapes the context and exploration of the work of award-winning Newcastle industrial designer David Irwin; while some of the hottest new makers display their works at Hothouse, in partnership with the Crafts Council.

the festival offers an occasion to converse, observe and to consider creative thought processes, and to celebrate the wealth of talent in the North East and beyond

In a nod to the overall theme, a collation of work from designers such as Noma Bar, Vaughan Oliver and the typographer Alan Kitching will also be on display; while Rise And Design aims to encourage creativity in a morning workshop. Launching the festival is Design NOW, a one day symposium which will gather some of the world’s leading talents in architecture, design, graphics and illustration; Contemporary artwork is given fresh appeal in Hollywood Hates Me, featuring rejected poster artwork for films including The Revenant and True Detective, providing a real insight into the creative process; while The Drawing Room serves as a haven of architectural practice for RIBA members whilst also providing a place of free reign for the creatives among you.

For those keen to expand your mind and practice, People And Print acts as both workshop and debate on the making of independent magazines, presented by The Northern Correspondent and Stack Magazines; and the inspiring Turning Ideas Into Buildings forms a panel which engages architects and clients of RIBA buildings.

For those of you who want to pick up some truly unique pieces, look no further than Design Event MART, with pieces from designers in the North East having been handpicked by an elite selection of tastemakers. Works inspired by the region’s industrial heritage are available from Novocastrian, stunning lighting is on display from Ed Lewis; while design brand Electrik Sheep also take part. With incredibly priced pieces from local designers, Design Event Store at Assembly House acts as a pop up shop, where you can swing by and grab some beautiful prints and objects at affordable prices.

Ultimately, the festival offers an occasion to converse, observe and to consider creative thought processes, and to celebrate the wealth of talent in the North East and beyond.

Northern Design Festival takes place across various venues from Friday 7th until Sunday 16th October.

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