So you’re curating an exhibition as part of the May Design Series entitled the Fiera Edit – How did this collaboration come about?
May Design Series approached me after I launched Fiera Magazine. Fiera is an independent magazine discovering new talent at the world’s design fairs, so they asked me if I could curate an exhibition of work from the new designers I’d spotted on my travels. The Fiera Edit features work spotted at Northmodern Copenhagen, the Stockholm Furniture Fair and Ambiente Frankfurt.
With a plethora of rich talent out there what was your initial criteria for selecting the finalists for this special project?
I wanted to feature work that was original, that was visually striking, and / or that solved a problem or made the world a better place in some way. I was really impressed with the quality of the work that I found at the three shows I visited and some of the pieces I’ve included in the show even tick all three of those boxes! I’m really excited to see all the work come together in one place.
Fiera magazine really champions new, emerging talent as well as giving them a platform so early in their career. How has the process of creating the magazine [especially with issue 2 nearing completion] whilst working with these creatives shaped your ideas & focus for the future of the magazine?
I believe that design has a tremendous power to make the world a better place, and I think new designers are still optimistic enough to try to do just that. I have been really inspired by young designers taking on some really tough challenges through design. Fiera exists to make sure their ideas reach a wider audience, so it’s my job to make sure the magazine keeps getting better and better, so the audience we reach keeps getting bigger and bigger.
Fiera Edit will be on display at the May Design Series 2015 show from 17-19 May
In celebration of my post on the ‘rise of the indie mag‘ I’ve teamed up with Fiera Magazine’s Editor Katie Treggiden to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a copy of Fiera. To be in with a chance of winning a copy just send your name, instagram handle and your favourite interior topic to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 June.