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Best of British - Design Awards
14/11/2011 11:58:36

We are delighted to see the fabulous designs included in this years British Design Awards, to celebrate all that is great about British designed and made products.



This year, the Telegraph Magazine and Elle Decoration teamed up and asked their readers to select their favourites from a shortlist over seven categories; Best British Interior Design, Best British Retailer, Best British Pattern Design, Best Architectural Achievement, Best British Design Brand, Best British Product Design and Designer of the Year.


This weekend, the winners were presented in the Telegraph Magazine by Dominic Lutyens - if you missed it you can view the results online.


Here at Great British Designs we continually promote the very best of British design, and we love to see any initiatives that spread the word! We are pleased to say that British Design is alive and well - and offers a huge selection to those wanting to purchase something special, something designed and made with care and skill, something with provenance, which adds value to whatever you buy. Have a look, and see what we mean...


See the winners of the Telegraph/Elle Decoration British Design Awards at Telegraph on-line



Louise Walker on show...
01/11/2011 09:50:51

We are pleased to announce that Louise Walker, who has a fabulous range of very special silver designs on the Great British Designs site, is showing at the prestigious RBSA (Royal Birmingham Society of Artists) Craft Gallery, Birmingham - the festive exhibition is guaranteed by the organisers to be Electric!




Along with other designer-makers, Louise Walker will be showing pieces from her latest collection of contemporary silverware - just right for that unique gift for a special person!




If you are unable to get to Birmingham - then have a look at Louise's special collection on the Great British Designs site - you don't have to leave home to browse the best of Louise's designs, and buy that very special unique, handmade gift! There are items that are suitable for men and women - so for those hard-to-find high quality gifts - look no further!


The RBSA exhibition is on from 7th November 2011 - 13th January 2012.


The RBSA Craft Gallery is at 4 Brook Street, Birmingham, B3 1SA



Grand Designs...
05/10/2011 10:48:34

This week, we are off to Grand Designs Live at the NEC in Birmingham to seek out more great designs to bring you on the Great British Designs website!


We really love this aspect of our work - going out and meeting the designers face-to-face, finding out about their products and their story. We always want to bring you designers who not only have great skill and inspirational designs, but share our ethos of sustainability and the use of locally-sourced materials, and delight in high quality craftsmanship.


We are extremely proud that one of our designers, John Green, won the Highly Commended Award in the Grand Designs Product of the Year 2011 category, for the fabulous John Green Embrace Table


John Green accepts Grand Designs Award from Kevin McCloud for Embrace Table



John Green's Embrace Table was described as an example of simple, attractive design - it consists of two interlocking pieces which together form a table and storage unit, but separately they can form a child's seat and desk!


Congratulations to John Green on his fantastic achievement  - see the Embrace Table here...

We hope to find other inspirational designers at Grand Designs Live at Birmingham NEC when we go on Friday! The show is on from 7-9 October - see the details on the official Grand Designs Live website.


If you can't make it to the show - check out our site for the best in Great British Design!




Designers at Origin
26/09/2011 12:06:23

Last week was a delight! We spent a couple of days visiting various exhibitions as part of Londopn Design Festival - what a fabulous opportunity to see a selection of British Designers, both established and new on the scene.


First, we went off to Origin - which is open until 5pm on Wednesday 28th September, so do go along of you can!


Origin London logo



We are proud that three of our Designers are showing at Origin - Charlotte Sale, Adam Hussain and Timea Sido.


Charlotte Sale Glass is well known for her appearance on 'Britains Next Big Thing' with Theo Paphitis, when Charlotte was selected to show in Liberty, London. Her glassware is stunning, and is a favourite among our customers! See our selection of Charlotte Sale's glassware


Adam Hussain Contemporary Glass is another of our popular designers, and his colourful array of glassware certainly brightened up our visit to Origin! Adam's range of glassware can be seen on the main site - Adam's range

Timea Sido showed her beautiful, delicate ceramics - her stand was certainly very popular! You can see Timea's range here.


We also met a number of new designers who we will be featuring on the Great British Designs site very soon.


We appreciate that not everyone can get to see the fantastic exhibitions where Britain's best designers show their pieces - that is why we at Great British Designs bring the designers and their products to you at home - see all the top designers new work, select your favourites, and buy from us with full confidence that we will 'go the extra mile' to bring you excellent customer service, and whatever you buy, you know it will be unique, high quality 100% British Design and made - especially for you!


And the winner is...
17/06/2011 17:59:12

So much to do... so little time!


We have been rather naughty, and have not been updating the Blog, as we are very busy adding new Designer details to the site - we will soon be announcing some very interesting and beautiful additions to our pages - so keep a look out!


But - we have exciting news- we have announced the winner of the Michael Peckitt Bangle. The lucky winner is Carly Hardy from London. Thank you to all who entered - don't forget that you still are able to use the 10% savings voucher on all jewellery purchased in June, so hurry to take advantage of the savings!


We will be running more competitions in the future, so to ensure that you are informed of the next one - register your details, and we will send you regular Newsletters to keep you updated!



Two New Designers On-line
17/05/2011 17:27:06


We have been very busy behind the scenes... and we now have two new designers on the site.


Firstly, we are pleased to have Michael Peckitt's Very Colourful Jewellery - which is exactly as it says - beautiful, hand-painted and hand-made jewellery designed by Michael Peckitt, and made by himself. The process he uses makes Michael Peckitt's jewellery stand out from the crowd - and you will too, when you wear his distinctive, exciting jewellery! See for yourself - click here to see our full range of Michael Peckitt's beautiful jewellery!


Secondly, we are in awe of the beautiful designs from Louise Walker, multi-award-winning designer silversmith! The simple, elegant lines of her specialist cutlery bring a touch of class to the table. Louise uses both silver and stainless steel in many of her designs, bringing an exclusivity to her work, as no other maker is currently connecting these two opposing metals together. Each piece is made by hand, and the finish is one that only hand-made items would be able to achieve. To see what we mean - click here to see the full range of Louise Walker's stunning silver cutlery. Enjoy!


New designers coming....
26/04/2011 14:48:10

We are getting very excitied......


We have got lots of new British designers lined up to join Great British Designs over the next few weeks, and we can't wait!


We have been visiting exhibitions around the country, and we are delighted to have found some brilliant talent - designers from all over Britain - who will be adding their spectatular pieces to our range of unique, hand-made, high quality pieces.


Just to give you a flavour of what is in store for you - we have got some very colourful jewellery, a range of beautiful pottery - I was totally mesmersied by this range!! - handmade watches with a difference, textiles to die for (forgive the pun!), and much more.....


Over the coming weeks, we will be adding these and other new items to the site, so do keep coming back to see what is new! Keep your eyes peeled for that very special gift, a wedding present that will be treasured forever, or something beautiful to treat yourself!





Britain' s next big thing......
19/04/2011 15:06:10

Tonight sees Episode Two of BBC 2's 'Britain's Next Big Thing' with Theo Paphitis, and one of the hopefuls is our very own brilliant glass designer, Charlotte Sale.


Charlotte is an award-winning glass artist, specialising in the design and production of handcrafted glass pieces.We already have the fabulous Spritz Bowl (click here to see the details) and we are just about to add more of her pieces to the site - keep your eyes peeled!


Charlotte's skills include glass blowing, kiln forming, lampworking, sandblasting and stained glass. Her emphasis is on a high aesthetic standard and quality finish and therefore her pieces are ideal additions to both home and business environments.


In tonight's episode of Britains Next Big Thing, Ed Burstell the buying director of Liberty's visits Charlotte at her studio to decide if he will stock her glass designs in the store. Watch this space.....

Great British Designer at Selected Awards Exhibition
13/04/2011 15:57:32

We are pleased to announce that one of our Designers, Adam Hussain, is showing at the craft&design 'Selected' winners exhibition, which is being held at The Ferrers Gallery from April 15th until 17th July.


Adam designs and makes glassware using warm glass processes. All his artworks are unique pieces, having a distinctive handmade character and are rich in both colour and depth.


Adam won the Selected award for his unique ‘A Fine Line’ collection of artworks constructed from 1mm glass rods to create geo-metric patterns and abstract images. This intricate and detailed technique can be a timely process and the final outcomes are very rewarding. He uses a combination of both transparent and opaque glass to transmit and stop light passing through the piece; this becomes an integral part of the finished artwork.


We send our congratulations to Adam, and hope that he has a very successful exhibition.


To see Adam's beautiful collection of glassware - click here

Great British Designer goes for Award
05/02/2011 12:44:33

We've had lots of positive feedback on the new site - which is great news! Thanks to all those who have emailed us with such great feedback - it looks like GBD will become a favourite of many visitors!


We would like to wish Alex Shimwell the very best of luck in the Craft & Design Selected Awards. These highly regarded national awards, first launched in 2009, are based on an Online Public Vote for British and Irish designer makers, and you can vote for Alex by clicking here.  


Click here to see Alex's range on the Great British Design site.

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