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RIBA North to House Design Led Shop at New National Architectural Centre

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A store for architecture and design enthusiasts will be included at RIBA North, the new national architectural centre set to open in Liverpool on 17 June. At the heart of the new retail destination will be a section curated by stylist Katie Patrick, displaying innovative designs from UK artists, makers and craftspeople from the North.

This feeds into RIBA’s mission to promote creativity and enables people to own world-class, regionally produced designs for themselves. The curated section features a diverse range of products including home and fashion accessories whilst the rest of the shop will also sell stationary, books and merchandise.

The RIBA store carries tableware by ceramist Sam Andrew. Based in Manchester he produces beautiful, useable pieces using methods which are inspired by traditional Japanese ceramic techniques.

Wooden & Wool by Alex Devol (Lancashire) makes hand-made wooden designs. His carefully crafted coffee cone was hand-turned on the lathe and completed with hand tools.

Also in stock are pewter bowls and beakers by Sue Pryke, who worked as a shape designer at Wedgwood and now looks back to traditional means of craftsmanship to create simple and elegant products.

Another ceramist from Manchester is Joe Hartley who likes to experiment with materials and how they work together to make elegant, functional pieces. The store features his light, Common, and tableware.  

Textile designer and weaver Heather Shields displays two designs from her 100% wool blanket collection. From her base in Argyll, Heather’s fabrics are woven either by hand or at her local mill, to ensure consistent high quality and ethical production.

Corin Mellor, son of famous designer David Mellor, provides his designs for children’s cutlery, as well as crockery and a classic bent plywood stool. The David Mellor Studio in Hathersage was well-known for its cutlery sets, gaining international acclaim for its quality and craftsmanship. 

The RIBA North shop also stocks card cases and small bags by Ruth Pullan Textiles and Leatherwork, a Sheffield-based company that uses British materials of the finest quality. Ruth uses vegetable-tanned leather, dying and conditioning it herself. 

RIBA North is a new national architecture centre and cultural destination on the waterfront in Liverpool. At the heart of RIBA North is the purpose built gallery space, which is hosting a bold programme of temporary exhibitions, showcasing new and innovative approaches to architectural practice as well as the historic RIBA Collections, the nation’s richest resource of architecture drawings, photographs and prints, dating from the late 15th century to the present day.

On permanent display is the Digital City Model which allows visitors to learn through an interactive 3d model more about Liverpool’s past present and future, as well as the processes involved in urban development and the evolution of the built environment.  The centre also offers architectural city tours, workshops for young people and children, a selection of talks and debates and a new café.

RIBA North is situated in Mann Island, a building designed by Matt Brook of Broadway Malyan which won a RIBA North West award in 2015. 

Image credits: RIBA


Sarah Salmon


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