A team of second-year BA (Hons) Interior Decoration, Design & Styling students from Plymouth College of Art recently welcomed interior design traders and guests from associated industries to the first dedicated interior design trade show at Ocean Studios, in Royal William Yard, Plymouth.
Working under the collective name of South West Creatives, the event, which was planned and delivered entirely by students of the college, featured prestigious exhibitors including audiovisual equipment supplier The Pyramid Group, contract fabrics and wallcoverings suppliers Sekers, leading UK tile stockist Mandarin Stone, and Britain’s leading silk specialist company James Hare.
Designers Guild // Sekers // Porta Romana // Lewis & Wood // Pop Lights UK // Any Old Lights // Jo Downs // The Pyramid Group // Helen Round // James Hare // Protocol // Mandarin Stone // Tektura
In total, more than 70 guests attended the event, including local architects, interior designers and designer-makers from the South West. Attendees enjoyed complimentary drinks donated by Plymouth Gin and New Lion Brewery in Totnes. Free canapes were also available, made by students from food donated by Waitrose.
The event generated positive feedback from all who attended, and students used the opportunity to network with industry contacts and plan future collaborations. The event was so successful that the students intend to run it again next year, continuing to forge connections across the South West and draw attention to the potential for interior designers in Plymouth.
The collective would like to thank Cathryn Bishop of Cornish Interiors, and Ally Turner of Coop Interiors for their continuous support, guidance and wisdom. Also, a special mention to Ocean Studios who let us host the show at their premises.
The evening proudly supported the charity RNLI, raising both awareness and money for an important aid that saves lives at sea.
Photos by Sarah Packer, BA (Hons) Photography graduate.