ND CONNECTS - MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME

New this year, we had over 35 unique design mentorships exclusively available to the ND Class of 21.

There were mentorships available in every design discipline, from textile artists and ceramicists, to glass blowers and product designers, discover the profiles of the mentors from leading brands including Nike, Lacoste, Adobe, Marks and Spencer, Made.com and Oliver Bonas.

These mentorships were a great way to make connections in the industry and gain valuable design experience for the ND Class of 21.

The successful candidates received a year long mentorship with their selected mentor, providing the opportunity for feedback, guidance and coaching for their career with quarterly one to ones. Graduates were able to apply for as many mentorships as they wished. This incredible opportunity will help boost emerging designers careers in their field of design.

Applications have now closed.

Browse all the 2021 mentors below.

New this year, we had over 35 unique design mentorships exclusively available to the ND Class of 21.

There were mentorships available in every design discipline, from textile artists and ceramicists, to glass blowers and product designers, discover the profiles of the mentors from leading brands including Nike, Lacoste, Adobe, Marks and Spencer, Made.com and Oliver Bonas.

These mentorships were a great way to make connections in the industry and gain valuable design experience for the ND Class of 21.

The successful candidates received a year long mentorship with their selected mentor, providing the opportunity for feedback, guidance and coaching for their career with quarterly one to ones. Graduates were able to apply for as many mentorships as they wished. This incredible opportunity will help boost emerging designers careers in their field of design .

If you would like to apply for any of the opportunities below, simply fill in the online application form. You will be asked who you would like to do your mentorship with so make sure you thoroughly read all of the mentor’s details below. Then send a one page PDF of your work to NDawards@upperstreetevents.co.uk

Browse all of our mentorships and apply for your favourites. What are you waiting for? Kick-start your career in design today!

Deadline to apply is Saturday 10 July 2021. 

MEET THE MENTORS

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ADAM MORGAN

Executive Creative Director

Adobe

Suitable for VISCOM & Storytelling designers

Adam Morgan has worked in advertising and the marketing industry for 24 years. He has agency and brand-side experience and whilst working for many national brands.

He also started a video podcast series called Real Creative Leadership that covers the essential topics of the day-to-day job of being a creative leader, along with stories and examples from other guest leaders in business.

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ALICE KETTLE

Textile Artist

Suitable for Textile designers

Alice Kettle is a contemporary artist working in stitched textiles. She is currently Professor in Textile Arts at Manchester School of Art, ManMet. 

Her largely figurative and narrative work is represented in public art collections including the Crafts Council London and the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. www.alicekettle.co.uk.

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ALICIA ROWBOTHAM

Textile Artist

Suitable for Textile designers

Alicia Rowbotham is a multi disciplinary textile designer and artist based in London. A graduate of Central Saint Martins in 2019, 

Alicia started her bespoke textile design studio in the year of 2020.

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NIGEL CHENEY

Textile Designer

Suitable for Textile designers

Nigel Cheney is an embroiderer from Leicestershire. Drawing is central to his work; producing textile art alongside fashion and interiors products that combine digital print with hand and machine stitch.

He held the position of Lecturer in Embroidered Textiles at National College of Art and Design, Ireland for over 20 years.

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PETER COOKE

Design Lead

British Airways

Suitable for Industrial designers

Having studied Product Design at Central St Martins I started my career at Cambridge Product Design a small agency with a big portfolio, I worked on concepts for high end audio products for companies such as Keff Electronics and Meridian Audio and then worked on a revolutionary surround sound speaker system for Canon.

After 3 years I moved to Grey Matter Design Consultants in London where I became senior designer and worked on various product and packaging portfolios including SKB and Prestige culinary equipment.

In 2000 after a short break I moved to British Airways in the Design Management department, I worked on anything from Lounges, Wayfinding in Terminals to revolutionary flat beds in Business Class Seating.

Having worked at BA for nearly 20yrs I can say that I have specialised in aircraft Interior products and services, I have helped develop 4 First Class seats, cabins and experiences and 3 business class products.

I am responsible for the look and feel of all aircraft interiors this may be designed in house but more often we will work with some of the leading product design agencies and have formed great relationships with Priestman Goode, Forpeople and Tangerine who have helped us develop the great British Airways Interior experience.

I am currently a Panellist on the Crystal Cabin Awards and have previously judged the Design for Business Association and New Designers show at Islington.

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REBEKAH FENWICK

Senior Footwear Designer

Berghaus, Pentland Brands

Suitable for Fashion designers

Rebekah is a Senior Footwear Designer at Pentland Brands, working across two of its global brands: Berghaus and ellesse.

Since graduating from De Montfort University with a degree in Footwear Design in 2002, Rebekah has gained experience in research, development and product design, also working for international footwear retailer Clarks. A lover of the outdoors, Rebekah seeks inspiration through travelling and reconnecting with nature.

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TOM OLIVER

Principal Designer

Mars Wrigley

Suitable for designers of multiple disciplines

Tom Oliver is a Design & Innovation Manager at Mars, for the last 11 years has worked across a wide range of global brands, markets and projects for the business. 

Tom believes in the power of design as a business tool whether that’s collaborating with cross functional teams to clarify the problem to solve through to crafting unique experiences for consumers with some of the best agency partners in the creative industry.

Tom has a passion for learning about people, traveling, investing and running.  He grew up in the in the West Country near Bath and has lived in Mid-West (Chicago) for the last 3 years.

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REZZAN HASOGLU

Founder

Studio Sahil

Suitable for Industrial designers

Rezzan Hasoglu is an industrial and visual designer. She founded her design practice,
Studio Sahil in London in 2017 after graduating from MA in Design Products at the Royal
College of Art

Her work focuses on sensorial experience, memory, intangible cultural heritage and craft practices. Rezzan seeks ways of translating cultural nuances into tangible objects through exploring processes and materials. Her process involves hands-on approach in prototyping new ideas and working with glass. The main collection of Studio Sahil focuses on exploring techniques by infusing natural sands from different origins into
glass.


Rezzan has been selected as a finalist in Lexus Design Award 2019 and had the opportunity to give a TEDx talk in Istanbul. Some of the exhibitions she participated are London Design Festival, Milan Design Week, ‘Experiments and Prototypes 9’ at Aram
Gallery and ‘New Craft’ Young Under 35 at Triennale Museum.

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BILLY LANGSWORTHY

Co Founder

Mojo Nation

Suitable for Toys, Games and Brand designers

Billy Langsworthy is the founder of Mojo Nation and Brands Untapped. Mojo Nation covers the world of toy and game design…

 hosting pitching events for inventors. Brands Untapped is a platform for the licensing industry, focusing on brand extensions and collaborations across every sector, from LEGO sneakers to Bond-flavoured popcorn.

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BRUCE MARKS

Glassmaker

Suitable for Glass designers

London Based Artist Bruce Marks has been working as a glass maker since 2003, he is currently the Studio Manager at London Glassblowing. 

He completed his Masters’ Degree at the University for the Creative Arts at Farnham in 2010. He was the winner of the Gold Award in the Glass category of Craft & Design Selected National Awards 2014.

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CHRIS JOHNSON

Head of Design

Speedo, Pentlands Brands

Suitable for Industrial designers

Chris Johnson is a creative leader and designer, who leads the design direction for the Speedo global swimwear and equipment…

..ranges. Since joining Speedo in 2007, Chris has led the design of the world famous Fastskin racing swimsuits, caps, and goggles, for four consecutive Olympic Games. Chris is also the co-inventor of sports technology patents, relating to swimwear, equipment, and digital devices.

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LUKE PEARSON

Director

Pearson Lloyd

Suitable for Furniture designers

Luke Pearson is an industrial designer and founding partner of award-winning, London design studio Pearson Lloyd. Luke trained in Industrial Design at Central St Martins, before completing a Master’s Degree MA in Furniture Design at the Royal College of Art in 1993.

He worked with Ross Lovegrove in London before joining Tom to found Pearson Lloyd in 1997. Luke was awarded the distinction of Royal Designer for Industry by The Royal Society of Arts in 2008.  

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MAJEDA CLARKE

Woven Textile Artist

Suitable for Textile designers

Majeda Clarke is an award winning artist with a multidisciplinary approach to design. A Clothworkers and Cockpit Arts Foundation Awardee, she recently received the British Muslim Award for Creativity and won the New Designers One Year In Award. Published in The Wall St. Journal, World of Interiors and The Sunday Times amongst others, her work has a wide international following.

She has exhibited in galleries such as Aram, Mint, The Contemporary Applied Arts and The National Centre for Craft and Design. Majeda’s work has been selected as a Liberty ‘Future Collectible’ and Design Nation’s 20 icons at 20 to celebrate its 20 years. Collaborations include designing blankets for Fortnum and Mason and commissions for the centenary of a female Edwardian explorer. 

With a keen interest in the future of craft as a discipline and promoting diverse access, Majeda was recently appointed a Trustee at The Crafts Council. Textiles is a second career after many years as Head of English in schools. Today she combines her teaching skills with making, delivering work shops, residencies and working within the Education sector. Often invited as a guest speaker, she enjoys both writing about craft and discussing its wider role in society. This is reflected in public engagement art produced in collaboration with institutions such as Milton Keynes Arts Centre, The Rothschild Foundation, COTW Refugee Choir and UNHCR. Majeda’s collaborative woven art works reflect the multi-layered community we live in. From her perspective as an immigrant in the UK she explores contradictions that enable the unexpected to flourish.

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MARTIN PRICE

Head of Design 

Benchmark Furniture

Suitable for Furniture designers

Born and raised in London, Martin studied Product design at Central Saint Martin’s. He joined Benchmark furniture in 2018 as a Project Designer and is now Head of Design.

Martin has a passion for beautiful objects a love of honest materials and sustainable manufacture.

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COLLIN BURY

Principal, Partner

Gensler

Suitable for Industrial designers

Collin Burry, FIIDA, is a Design Principal in the London office of Gensler where he relocated after 25 years in San Francisco. He is a 2013 inductee…

…into the Interior Design Hall of Fame and recognized by San Francisco Magazine as one of the top 100 most influential LGBTQ leaders in the Bay Area.  A “humanistic modernist,” Collin describes himself as both a left and right brain designer who creates environments that reflect his clients’ ethos, while striving for originality, authenticity and strategic, intuitive functionality.

He is committed to the responsible shepherding of society, people and the planet.  His distinct point of view reflects a visual narrative influenced by his passion for contemporary art, music, photography, travel, and ballet. His expertise ranges from workplace to hospitality, product design, showrooms and F+B. 

He led the design of San Francisco International Airports Terminal 2 which strived to bring joy and delight back to the travel post 9/11. SFO T2 was recently rated #4 in the world for passenger experience.

He’s designed for many of the world’s most iconic brands, such as Netflix, Barclays, Apple, Airbnb, Pixar, Nike, Samsung, E. & J Gallo Winery, and Nokia.

Collin is a long-time advocate of design education championing the advancement of the Interior Design profession through legislative action and continuous learning. He dedicates time to the visual and performing arts, as well as organizations focused on eradicating HIV and homelessness. His creative and contemporary approach has earned him over 100 design awards and frequent coverage in international design and business media.

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CONCETTA GALLO PRICE

Design Manager

Made.com

Suitable for Furniture, Product and Industrial designers

Concetta Gallo Price is a design manager at MADE.COM and a specialist in colour palettes – she has over 15 years experience in homeware design and has designed for many retailers including Habitat, M&S and Topshop in addition to MADE.

Concetta has an MA in Printed Textile Design from the RCA and a degree in 3D Design: Ceramics from Bath Spa university.

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DANIEL SCHOFIELD

Designer

Suitable for Furniture designers

Daniel’s approach to design advocates simplicity, explores materiality, and emphasises purpose.

He collaborates closely with industry to create innovative and timeless objects for everyday life.

Daniel studied art and graphic design at Warwickshire college, before embarking on a carpentry apprenticeship building houses and offices, and restoring historic buildings. This combination of arts-based education and hands-on craft experience evolved into a passion for design, culminating in a degree in furniture and product design at Sheffield Hallam University.

The fusion of graphics, architectural construction and product design informs Daniel’s visual language and creative direction to this day.

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ED BATCHELOR

Senior 3D Design and Tooling Developer

Lacoste, Pentland Brands

Suitable for VISCOM designers

With 13 years in product design, Ed has worked on items from bespoke furniture through to apparel and footwear. Ed specialises in 3D design and currently leads the digital conceptualisation team, working on outsole tooling and upper design for Lacoste footwear. 

Most recently, Ed’s focus has been to improve the efficiency of the design and development process making it more sustainable for the brand. Latest project worked on  Lacoste AG-LT Ultra tennis trainer

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HANNAH CURTIS

Founder

Creative Sparrow

Suitable for VISCOM designers

Having been in the industry for over fifteen years Hannah has worked as an Artist Agent & Creative Director, developing long term relationships with clients globally across various industries.

Hannah works closely with artists developing their portfolio, with art direction at her core she brings a wealth of industry knowledge to ensure a standout and highly saleable portfolio of designs for each artist. Primarily from the Art Licensing background she works with artists to develop new ranges & styles including one-off designs available to license.

Renowned for her keen eye for new talent Hannah was a Judge at the prestigious New Designers show 2018 – Society of Artists
Agents Talent in Illustration Associate Prize.

Since graduating from Art School Hannah has managed and mentored creatives. She is known for her diligent, patient and fair nature and is highly respected within her industry. Clients know her to be reliable and organised. With a good dose of humour and a flair for all things beautiful Hannah enjoys a full life and always has time for everyone.

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HEATHER SWIFT-HUNT

Senior Director International

Kickstarter

Suitable for designers of multiple disciplines

Heather Swift Hunt is Kickstarter’s Senior Director of Design and Technology communities. She works closely with designers, inventors and makers of all kinds using Kickstarter to bring new projects to life.

Before that, she worked in the field of creative technology for over a decade, as a curator and cultural producer – most recently as Executive Director of Rhizome at the New Museum, New York, and at places including the Barbican Centre, FACT Liverpool, Space Studios and more. 

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ANGEL MONZON

Director

Vessel Gallery

Suitable for Ceramic and Glass designers

Angel Monzon co-founded Vessel Gallery, a gallery specialising in contemporary studio artists with an emphasis in museum quality…

glass and ceramic artworks. Angel also consults for interior and corporate projects, providing the opportunity to have a truly bespoke commissioning service with unique works created in dialogue with the client https://www.vesselgallery.com/

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ANGELA SUMMERS

Global Creative Director

Hotel Chocolat

Suitable for Product (Packaging) / VISCOM designers

Angela is the Global Creative Director at Hotel Chocolat. She is responsible for the strategic development of all creative…

…heading up all ideas for our campaigns, packaging, retail and product innovation.

With a product design background and over 20 years experience in the Luxury and Beauty sectors, Angela’s previous work includes Molton Brown, Givenchy, Yves St Laurent and Issey Miyake.

Angela lives in South West London, with her husband and their 8 year-old son.

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BEN WATSON

Head of Design

JCB

Suitable for Industrial designers

As Head of Industrial Design at JCB, Ben is responsible for all the interior & exterior styling and Interface Design of our…

…Construction and Agricultural machines. JCB is a very innovative and design-centric business, and with a team in the UK & India we are constantly balancing the evolution of current machines to create an industry leading range, and the development of revolutionary ideas to help transform the safety and efficiency of our industry.

Prior to JCB, he spent over 15 years at Seymourpowell working across the full spectrum of design, balancing brand & aesthetics with good business, consumer needs and manufacturing sense, to deliver clients with consistent product experiences across both their physical and digital touch points.

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MEGAN FALCONER

Jeweller and Silversmith

Suitable for Jewellery designers

Megan Falconer is a jeweller and silversmith based in Aberdeen.

She focuses on creating handcrafted jewellery and silverware taking inspiration from the Scottish landscape, and often uses found objects to create handmade tools to form her work. Megan’s practice explores the connection between the tool, maker and the object created.

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MITCH PILKINGTON

Ceramics Artist

Suitable for Ceramic designers

Mitch is based in North Devon and studied ceramic Design at Falmouth School of Art and Design. Her sculptures are hand-formed and intuitive in their construction.

The rhythmic, meditative and mindful process of coiling, and the many hours of scraping and sculpting means each piece is an emotional response to the clay. This provides Mitch ‘with a creative
salve for dealing with life’s challenges’ and gives an underlying quality to her work which imbues each piece with a unique sense of calm, serenity and connection.

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NESSIM HIGSON

Creative Director 

Wetransfer

Suitable for VISCOM designers

Nessim Higson is Executive Creative Director of the Studio at WeTransfer where he is in charge of the creative brand, identity, and visual language of the company

WeTransfer fundamentally believes that creativity can change the world and that great communication can not only shift the economic marketplace but has a responsibility to contribute to the social fabric of society.

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RICHARD MCVETIS

Textile Artist

Suitable for Artists and Textile designers

Richard McVetis is one of the leading contemporary textile artists in the UK today. His process is labour-intensive, involving thousands of meticulously rendered stitches that mark the hand’s rhythms. The mapping of space and marking time are central themes.

He has was selected to be part of Form + Motion – a major exhibition for the Cheongju Craft Biennale, Korea, selected for Collect Open 2017 and a finalist in the international Loewe Craft Prize 2018.

McVetis is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in 2008; he lives and works in London.

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RYAN MCGINLEY

Principal Industrial Designer

PA Consulting

Suitable for Industrial designers

Ryan is a design lead at PA. His passion is people and re-imagining the human side of technology.

Proven track record in design strategy, design research, product/service innovation, and mentorship. He specialises in design leadership, brand design language development and industrial design.

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SABINA MILLER

Head of Buying

Heals

Suitable for designers of multiple disciplines

Sabina Miller has over 20 years’ experience in retail, buying and product development. As Head of Buying, Sabina leads the Heal’s buying team and is responsible for delivering the product look & feel, ensuring products are always developed and selected to the Heal’s brand values.

Before joining Heal’s in 2014, Sabina gained extensive experience in product development and buying working for well-known  brands and retailers including Whittard of Chelsea, Jamie Oliver and ACHICA.

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STUART ROSS-SHEERAN

Associate Creative Director

Pentland Creative Agency

Suitable for VISCOM designers

As Associate Creative Director of the award-winning Pentland Creative Agency, Stuart leads the creative direction for some of the world’s best loved brands, including Speedo, Canterbury and Berghaus. 

With experience at Habitat, Innocent and a number of international agencies, Stuart has also guest lectured at top Universities, London College of Communication and Brunel, and has been a judge at New Designers for over six years.

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TAMSIN BLANCHARD

Editor

Hole and Corner

Suitable for fashion and textile designers

Tamsin Blanchard is a fashion journalist and editor who has a wide range of experience across the industry. Since 2018 she has been the editor of Hole & Corner magazine. Prior to that she has worked as Fashion Editor of the Independent, Style Editor of the Observer and Fashion Features Director of Telegraph Magazine, Fashion Features director at Tank and contributes to Vogue, the Guardian, 10 Magazine and The Gentlewoman.

She has written several books including Green is the New Black: How to Save the World in Style (Hodder); Fashion & Graphics, (Laurence King); Love Your Home (Conran Octopus); and contributed to London Uprising: Fifty Designers One City (Phaidon). 

Since the early 90s, Tamsin has been deepening her involvement in promoting a more sustainable fashion industry. She sat on the designer advisory panel for the British Fashion Council’s Estethica ethical fashion showcase. She has been part of the global campaign Fashion Revolution since the collapse of Rana Plaza in 2013 and is curator of  Fashion Open Studio, an initiative she has been involved with since its inception for Fashion Revolution Week April 2017.

An important part of Tamsin’s work has always been to promote and encourage new talent. She has taught at University of Westminster as part of the fashion design pathway and was the external examiner at London College of Fashion’ PG Cert Fashion & Lifestyle Journalism over six cohorts of students. In 2016 she was the judge for the Central Saint Martins MA Fashion L’Oreal prize. She was interim first year tutor for Fashion Journalism BA at CSM 2016-17 and is part of the jury for the CSM LVMH Green Trail Award. 

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TOM LLOYD

Co Founder

Pearson Lloyd

Suitable for Furniture designers

Tom Lloyd is an industrial designer and founding partner of award-winning London design studio, Pearson Lloyd.  

Trained in Furniture Design at Trent Polytechnic, before completing a master’s degree MA in Industrial Design at the Royal College of Art in 1993, Tom went on to found Pearson Lloyd with Luke in 1997. Tom was awarded the distinction of Royal Designer for Industry by The Royal Society of Arts in 2008. 

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MATHEW KIPLING

Senior Concept Designer 

Lego

Suitable for designers of multiple disciplines 

Hello! I’m Mat,

I’ve been a designer with the LEGO Group for the past 8 years.

Working within Creative Play Lab, our in-house concept development department, where we discover and explore new and exciting future LEGO play experiences with a 2-4 Year horizon.

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MATHIAS HAHN

Designer

Suitable for Furniture designers

German born Designer Mathias Hahn works and lives in London where he established Mathias Hahn Design Studio in 2006.

From his office and workshop facilities the studio covers a diversity of projects in the field of product and furniture design. These are ranging from industrial design, product development and art-direction through to experimental design, one-off production, interiors and exhibitions.

Holding both a degree in Industrial Design which he gained at the University of Essen, Germany and from the Design Products course at the Royal College of Art in London under Ron Arad, Hahn’s process alternates between analytical knowingness and experimental curiosity. His work is characterised by an intense examination of possible materials and manufacturing processes whilst his human centred approach sees design as a ‘cultural tool’, always aiming to create relevant objects and narratives in the context of our living realities.

Mathias Hahn’s work has been exhibited in a multitude of international exhibitions, is represented in permanent museum collections and has received numerous international awards. His client list includes companies and institutions such as Ligne Roset, Marset, Nanimarquina, Schönbuch, Zeitraum, Ikea, Kohler, Asplund, Kvadrat, Merck, Wallpaper*, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, Royal College of Art, V&A, Design Museum, among others.

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MATTHEW HILTON

Designer

Suitable for Furniture designers

Matthew Hilton, has over three decades of experience in industrial design, with a large portfolio of work and now runs a small design studio in South London.

Matthew Hilton graduated with a degree in Furniture Design from Kingston Polytechnic in 1979. He went on to design products for Paul Smith and Joseph Pour La Maison before designing at product design company Capa, London. During this time he also designed sets for various fashion designers.

In 1985 Matthew set up the Matthew Hilton Design Studio and started working for the British retailer and manufacturer SCP, for whom he has designed a number of classics such as the Balzac chair, the Flipper and Antelope table. The Matthew Hilton Design Studio expanded its practice, working with the following manufacturers: SCP, De La Espada, Case, Crane cookware, Christopher Farr carpets, Nani Marquina carpets, Driade, Disform, Sawaya and Moroni, XO, Montis, Perobell, The Conran shop, Montina, Livit, Ycami, Andreu World and Authentics.

Matthew Hilton has received numerous awards throughout his career, and was given the highest honour in the field of Industrial Design in the United Kingdom, by being named a Royal Designer for Industry in 2003. In September 2007, Matthew established his own brand, Matthew Hilton Ltd. as a place he could have complete creative control.

Launched at 100% Design in 2007, the Matthew Hilton furniture brand offers a sculptural range of solid wood furniture with technical ingenuity. Produced under licence by De La Espada, the range benefits from the combined expertise of the collaborators, with the highest attention to quality of materials and manufacturing.

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JOANNE JORGENSEN

Knit Design Director

Nike

Suitable for Fashion and Textile designers

Joanne Jorgensen is the Materials design director for Footwear at Nike. After two decades working in New York and London for several brands Joanne was dismayed at the attitudes towards waste and sustainability.

Having experienced these practices first-hand it is now Joanne’s primary focus to create a truly sustainable future for product design and innovation. As a design leader and coach Joanne believes to accomplish this there is a need for diverse thinking in design. In her spare time, she mentors and coaches’ young people to help them realise such design roles exist and the impact you can have to the future of the planet.

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KAREN THOMAS

Head of Design for Home & Furniture

Marks and Spencer

Suitable for designers of multiple disciplines

Karen has a 25 + career in Retail working with some of the High streets most well-known brands. 

Karen began her career at Arcadia within the varied clothing divisions in Print & trend roles.

Gravitating towards Home & Interiors and broader non-food categories through Product development and Leadership roles at Marks and Spencer, Sainsburys and Waitrose.

Karen joined Marks and Spencer (second time around!) as Head of Design across Home and Beauty in 2017. Her current role shapes the creative direction, trends and product design and development across Home and Furniture.

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KATE BUTLER

Head of Design – Home

Oliver Bonas

Suitable for designers of multiple disciplines

After graduating from the University of York with a BA Hons degree in History of Art Kate realised she wanted to go into interiors and product design and development.

Her route into design is not the usual one as she began working at the Conran Shop in a very broad, hands on role that essentially was buyer/product developer.  The only skill set required was good ideas and a good eye.  From Conran Shop she went to Anthropologie where she helped them launch the brand in the UK.  Kate then went to Habitat where she worked for 8 years as the Senior Design Manager and then ultimately Head of Design.  Kate has a breadth of experience in product design and development across a broad range of categories from the initial design conception and direction to the practical manufacturing process and ultimately bringing the product to market and putting it in front of the customer.  She is now at Oliver Bonas heading up the design team for the home side of the business.  The way they work is pretty unique as the designers have such varied roles and skills and all work across such a broad range of categories.  It is very creative and innovative and fast paced with a lot of energy that is very exciting to be a part of.