Batch; Craft, Design and Product

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A&C Black, Sep 25, 2010 - Art - 144 pages
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This is a glamorous coffee table book covering the work of the international designer, maker and craftsperson. Batch showcases the cream of the contemporary craft world crossing different disciplines in design including; furniture, surface design and decoration, glass, ceramics, textiles, precious metals and multidiscipline design. Designers and craftspeople are pushing the boundaries and concept of craft, creating batches of work which emphasise the skill behind the object. These high-end craft objects are sold through design boutiques, galleries and department stores and they are produced by designers and makers successfully carving our lifestyle trends. In a retail environment where product design is becoming a cloned marketplace, Batch celebrates those products which have a story behind them and which have a high level of care and finish, which make them stand out in the crowd. The book presents the work through interviews with both national and international designers who explain the ideas and concepts behind their work, how they got started and how they have developed their businesses. The book also includes practical information in the 'Behind the Scenes' chapter on running a small business, liaising with manufacturers, dealing with press, setting up exhibitions, sourcing commissions and marketing. And when you are ready to start shopping, it also offers a shop guide compiled by the designers themselves.
This book will not only appeal to makers for both visual interest and practical information but also to the buyers, collectors and admirers of contemporary craft and designers.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
6
Preface
7
Introduction
8
Ceramics
15
Furniture
35
Glass
49
Multidisciplinary
63
Textiles
79
Metal and Jewellery
97
Surface Design and Decoration
109
Behind the Scenes
125
Wheres Hot to Shop?
138
Helpful Addresses and Contacts
140
Contributing Artists Contacts
143
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About the author (2010)

Andrew Tanner is a successful designer-maker who also acts as a consultant for the Next Step scheme run by the Crafts Council. He has won The Young Designer of the Year Award in 2005 and the Decorative Product of the Year Award from the National Home awards. He has designed and produced limited editions for Crabtree & Evelyn and WATTS & Co. and has sold work through Donna Karin and Libertys. Interview and images of his work have been published in many national papers and magazines including the Guardian, Marie Claire, Vogue, Living Etc. and Elle Decoration. He runs his own business taking on commissions and showing his work at all the top Craft Fairs, as well as lecturing around the country. His most recent commission is to make a ceramic collection for Cole & Son, Royal Wallpaper suppliers to be sold in the Palace shop.

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