Makers: Cube Gallery Manchester

Today, Lucy and Laura went down to CUBE gallery to check out the fantastic exhibition MAKERS contemporary craft and design for interiors.

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Sharyn Dunn paper sculptor

Featuring work from designer makers from all over the North the exhibition includes furniture, ceramics, lighting, textiles and decorative art and accessories. We have included a few of our favourites to show you here.

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Penny Seume New York textiles

Looking forward to a trip to New York in a few weeks time, Lucy was excited to find this fabulous range of fabrics and Wallpapers inspired by the city – the designer taking inspiration from the urban landscape giving the texture, colour and atmosphere.

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Gabler furniture

We loved these ‘Bethy’ wine tables by Gabler furniture, and like all the pieces we saw today they are custom made to requirements, we love the orange one!

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Suzanne Hodgson

Here is Laura’s favourite piece, the table is made from the most beautiful wood in a stained grey ‘Chinchilla’ finish with slate legs, we think it is absolutely amazing!

It is really refreshing to find an exhibition such as Makers in Manchester and great to see a showcase of the North’s finest designers and makers. We saw lots of product today that we would love to include in future Curve projects and we really hope to work with some of the designers to create bespoke pieces for our clients.

We were able to meet and have a chat with curator Janine Fishwick and find out a bit more about her passion for putting MAKERS together and congratulate her on the success of the project … If you have time to get down to CUBE before the end of Saturday please go along as it is WELL worth seeing.

MAKERS is at CUBE gallery, Portland Street, Manchester until 25 May.

Find out more here http://www.contemporarymakers.com/

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Curve and the Message Enterprise Centre

Curve were very excited to be approached by our friend, the wonderful architect Grace Choi to get involved in the interior design and furniture specification for her major new project for the Message Trust in Manchester.

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In January 2013, the charity opened the Message Enterprise Centre, a new business and training hub for young people in the region. An existing dilapidated building was stripped back, re-used and transformed into a new social Enterprise Centre, creating an incubator for training, mentoring and helping individuals return into the working world. The Message Enterprise Centre tackles head-on two of the biggest problems our society faces: repeat offending and youth unemployment.

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The Message wanted to furnish the interior to complement to the amazing design of the building, Curve were briefed to design schemes for the cafe area, offices and salon, as well as ‘the street’, the large communal area running down the centre of the space. We took inspiration from the colours used on the external elements and included some great design pieces such as the Magis Air chairs in black, orange and white. Lucy and Ben met with furniture designer James Burleigh during London Design Week and commissioned the beautiful red benches and seating to match the colourscheme.

You can find out more about the work of the Message Trust here

http://www.message.org.uk/mec/

And check out the work of Grace Choi including more photos of the Enterprise Centre

http://gracechoi.co.uk/

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