Examples

These examples showcase a number of initiatives which reflect the scope of the Design Routes research: from projects that revitalise patterns and designs with cultural significance, to activities that bring new life to traditional methods of craft production.


Brodgar Chair

The Brodgar Chair is a contemporary take on the traditional straw-backed Orkney chair, created in a collaboration between Gareth Neal and Kevin Gauld for The New Craftsmen. The New Craftsmen is a London-based gallery which …

MaXhosa by Laduma

Laduma Ngxokolo is a South African knitwear designer who is using his cultural inheritance to carry Xhosa heritage into the future. To see images of Laduma’s designs, click here The designer is from …

Hend Krichen

Designer Hend Krichen works with the rural artisans of Tunisia across an ‘authentic craft manufacturing platform’ for her collection of hand crafted luxury homeware products, Tunisia Made. In 2012 Tunisian-born designer Hend Krichen …

Precious Objects

Mixed media artist YaWen Chou used the legacy of her family’s cultural heritage to create a collection of contemporary heirlooms that re-apply traditional Taiwanese patterns. YaWen Chou graduated from the MA Textiles course …

London Cloth Company

In 2010 Daniel Harris opened the first mill in London for 100 years. This ‘micro mill’ uses traditional machinery that has been restored to produce short runs of wool and cotton cloth. …