Designed & Made represents a broad range of designers and makers from across the North East region of England, spanning many disciplines of contemporary design and craft practice. 

In this section you can read our individual designer/makers' profiles and learn more about their practice. We are currently  populating this element of the website, please be patient while we do this. In the meantime if you would like information about a specific designer please do not hesitate to contact us directly.

News Ampersand

A Theatre of Words...

Sarah Morpeth is producing a body of work inspired by the Georgian Theatre Royal and its Archives. Taking visual inspiration from the Theatre’s collection of playbills and responding to the multi-layered history of the building itself, she will produce a series of delicate hand cut paper pieces.

These will incorporate all sorts of text, from the words of the first plays performed on the Theatre’s opening night, to the words spoken when it re-opened, a period spanning three centuries.  

Read more about the project here, and view the video!

The exhibition will be in place in the Theatre from 8th June for about a month, with a workshop on that day as well as a demonstration of the work on Saturday 9th June.

Interesting Things made by clever people

Designed & Made works with the most talented designers and makers from the North of England by nurturing, representing and promoting their work in new and imaginative ways.

Within our extensive networks we create interesting collaborations and innovative partnerships to produce new commissions, sales of work and exhibitions.

We are not overly concerned with the categorisation of creative practice, it may be described as craft, design or applied art; practitioners may be described as artists working with craft skills or crafts people working in the arts . What really matters to us is that all work is fresh or fresh interpretations of traditional skills. That it is new/intelligent/stylish and that it pushes at the boundaries of mediums, concepts or narrative. To attain this aspiration we work within a set of guiding principles.

Our guiding principles are: excellence in workmanship and in the use of materials; sustainability; the celebration of the diversity in the design, contemporary applied arts and craft sector; support for innovation and experimentation and the development of new audiences for this work. We work with an open mind and are always looking for interesting new projects and collaborators. We would love to hear from you if you have an interest in any of our designers or in our organisation.


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Commission Wired Box

We work with designers and makers in a variety of ways, managing commissions, partnerships and the creation of bespoke products. Commissions can be created on a large scale for public places as well as more personal commissions for domestic spaces.

We are currently seeking a range of opportunities and we are happy to talk through the possibility of projects you may have in mind. We are currently especially keen to facilitate collaborations between industry and creative practitioners, if you have been considering inviting designers to create new products, new spaces in your work environment or PR related installations, launches and

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On these pages you see examples of a wide range of commissions in various contexts.



Projects love me live with me

We are involved in a wide range of projects which showcase the diverse work created by our designers. In this area you can view current and archived projects created and delivered by Designed & Made.

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Designed & Made deliver projects in the public realm and in gallery spaces nationally and internationally . We are always looking for partnerships, collaborations and exchanges, please contact us if you think that we might be able to work together.