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04 Oct 2016

Northern Design Festival

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The event kicks off this week in Newcastle and Gateshead, with products, exhibitions and talks from big-name and emerging designers

A site-specific installation by Turner-prize-winners Assemble, an exhibition of graphic designer by Noma Bar, Alan Kitching and Pentagram’s Angus Hyland, and a series of sketches by RIBA members will be on show at the Northern Design Festival from Friday.

The event, which takes place across the cities of Newcastle and Gateshead from 7 to 16 October, aims to showcase a range of design disciplines across eight exhibitions, featuring work by more than 65 designers and architects, as well as a programme of events.

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Assemble will display a new range of products, alongside moulds and materials, tests and tools illustrating their experimental, smoke-fired and BBQ-ed ceramics. Elsewhere, an exhibition called Take a Seat will present seating designed by award-winning Newcastle-based industrial designer David Irwin, including his iconic Tyneside Lounger for Deadgood and his Hardy Chair for Another Country. Hollywood Hates Me will be an exhibition of rejected poster artwork for some of world’s favourite movies.

Many of the exhibitors will speak at the one-day symposium, Design NOW, on 7 October. There will also be a panel discussion between the architects and clients behind recent RIBA award-winning buildings, including Edge Hill which won the 2016 RIBA North East Building of the year and a debate and workshop on the making of independent magazines.

Finally, a curated retail platform selling contemporary design from designers from across the north of England.

Northern Design Festival takes place from 7-16 October at venues in Newcastle and Gateshead

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