London to spotlight cutting-edge design

New and young designers looking to make vital contacts and potential clients are preparing their pitches for two London-based trade shows that will each showcase cutting-edge design.

Metropolitan Works is billed as an event for retailers looking to buy innovative new design products, as well as designers and manufacturers to launch prototypes and sell to the public.

It is scheduled to take place at the East London Showroom from May 10 – May 24, before the second design extravaganza - Pulse - at Earl’s Court for two days from Sunday June 3.

Visitors to Metropolitan Works, which is now in its fourth year, will experience the latest innovations in contemporary furniture, lighting, home accessories and jewellery.

The show will encompass a broad range of disciplines and materials, including textiles, product design, furniture, ceramics, jewellery and glass.

Organisers say the event aims to be a one-stop digital manufacturing centre, to inspire creatives to “extend the applications of formerly inaccessible industrial-level technologies.”

Headline exhibits include Louise Gibb’s organically shaped ceramics, highly experimental wax vases by Spinifex, and a so-called ‘mixed media’ Heartbeat Ring by Katrin Jaeger.

All the showcased work, including Lucy Merchant’s surreal ‘Mommy’s chair’ collection, is from Metropolitan Works’ 31 members.

Attendees will be offered access to well-established and traditional manufacturing facilities, a membership scheme, CAD training and general creative business and technical advice.

Meanwhile, visitors to Pulse can expect to see tomorrow’s creative design talent showcased on a launch pad for the attention of retailers and senior buyers.

Headline events include a panelled debate on the future of retailing, and business surgery sessions, where individuals and companies can learn about marketing and its effect on profitability.

Retail expert Echo Chamber will also be advising on “the coolest concepts” that shop owners can easily import into their business to maximise their profitability.

Reflecting on Pulse, Ross Urwin, a furniture and lighting buyer for Liberty of London, said: “This is the ideal opportunity for retailers and buyers to see the best of British design and talent under one roof.

“Even more so than in the past there are a number of new young designers with good product to be seen.”


17th April 2007

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