Hidden Art Design and Manufacture Bureau launches at 100% Design with new work from 11 East London designers. (Earls Court, 25-28 September 2003)
The not for profit organization Mazorca Projects launches the Hidden Art Design and Manufacture Bureau alongside new work from 11 East London designers at 100% Design:
bdm design (furniture and interior accessories),
Damdesign (Furniture and lighting),
fabricated (lighting and furniture),
Francois Lefranc & Christopher Wright (furniture & lighting),
Julian Mayor (furniture), Sasha Price (ceramic vessels),
Urbis Design (furniture and planters), Gala Wright (furniture) and Yoyo Ceramics (ceramic products).
Five of the designers on stand L14 at 100% Design : bdm design, Damdesign, fabricated, Francois Lefranc and Frank participated in the pilot Hidden Art Design and Manufacture Project, and have previously exhibited their prototypes at Superstudio 13, in Milan 2003. The success of this project has led to the development of the Hidden Art Design and Manufacture Bureau.
The Hidden Art Design and Manufacture Bureauoffers a unique resource for both designers and manufacturers. Aiming to facilitate collaborative projects between London-based designers and manufacturers with a view to putting the designers’ ideas and prototypes into production. Support with marketing and legal issues as well as information on manufacturers processes will be available through the Bureau resource facility at Mazorca Projects’ offices.
The Bureau has been made possible thanks to funding from the European Regional Development Fund and the London Development Agency. The bureau is a collaboration between Business Link for London Regional Supply Chain Group, Furniture Works (London Metropolitan University), Furniture Link, designersblock and Mazorca Projects.
The Hidden Art initiatives started 10 years ago as a small open studios event in Hackney. Now in its 10th year, they have expanded to incorporate a range of showcasing and support opportunities, and this year will be the 5th year that Hidden Art will have a presence at 100% Design. This is the second year that 100% Design and Mazorca Projects have run a bursary scheme for Hidden Art designers.