This autumn, Finsbury Avenue Square will become home to a pop-up mini market from Wednesday 4th-Saturday 7th October. Part of our Shaped By Design season, the Design Mini Market is set to host stalls from East London’s up-and-coming designers and artists.
At the helm is internationally lauded product designer, Bethan Laura Wood, who’s ensured the market will celebrate the unrivalled wealth of independent talent in the local creative community including:
A mix of T-shirts and original textile artworks experimenting with mark making and melted PVC collages
Born and brought up in Wolverhampton in the West Midland, she received an MA in fashion textiles from Central Saint Martins. Beth now lives and works as a print designer in London. Her work has a bold graphic style. She explains, "I love the imperfections that result in hand cutting the PVC in my pieces which gives everything a handmade feel. I have used this technique to produce clothing, T-shirts, framed prints and wall hangings. @bethpostle
T-shirts and small accessories
Harry Evans is a London-based designer. Graduating from Central Saint Martins in 2016, his work has a focus for luxurious texture and embellishment mixed with traditional and historical references. He showed his debut collection this September at London Fashion Week as part of Fashion East. @harryharrye
Furniture and home accessories
Norwegian-born Kim runs his studio from East London, working on private commissions and developing new installations and furniture. Kim graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2012 and has since exhibited at A Palazzo Gallery, William Bennington Gallery, Selfridges, Pavilion of Art and Design (PAD), Habitat and showcased for Wallpaper in Milan. Kim was commissioned to create the centerpiece installation at the V&A during LDF 2015 for crystal company, Swarovski. His works finds a balance between installation and objects, working to blend a mixture of graphic elements and optical play in material and spaces. @kimthome
Ryan Coleman Connolly
Ryan grew up on the Isle of Man where he stayed until moving to London to study fashion photography. Following university he stepped away from using his own photography and began working with found images, deconstructing and re-working the male form to produce a series of collages that were self reflective of his own struggles of growing up queer in a heteronormative society. From here he has expanded on this subject by working with coloured pair to create work focusing on the intimacy of everyday life. The work is bold and suggestive without being explicitly so, which allows the viewer interpret and see what they want to see.
Textile molded glassware, Newton's Buckets, died marble and Stardust bangles as well as a selection of unique production samples (plash shelf and Moire vessels)
Silo Studio is the design collaboration of Attua Aparicio Torinos and Oscar Lessing, who formed the partnership while studying on the Design Products course at the Royal College of Art, London, from 2009 to 2011. Coming from backgrounds in engineering and design, the core of Silo’s work is to look at industrial processes and materials, bringing them into the studio to develop. By adopting a hands-on approach, which they refer to as ‘Handmade hi-tech’, they aim to discover possibilities that the production line does not see, developing the expressive potential in industrial materials. @silostudio
Furniture and home accessories
German-born product designer Tino Seubert draws his inspiration from material research and science as much as history and contemporary art. Material is never treated as just a medium of production, but as an integral part of the over all creative concept. Many of his recent work results from a research into stone and minerals – from microscopical patterns over ancient Indian stone carving skills to extravagant blue Brazilian granites from the 80s. @tinoseubert
Visitors will be able to explore a unique mix of design-led stalls while discovering talented names that are likely to transform the worlds of interiors, fashion and art over the next decade. This is one you can’t miss - see you there!