The big reveal

Every year, MADE.COM hosts the Emerging Talent Award – an opportunity for up and coming designers to showcase new products and break into the design industry. This year, out of hundreds of designs, our panel of experts shortlisted six products which were put to the public vote. Now, after thousands of votes, we can announce that the winner of the 2017 Emerging Talent Award is… Charlotte Petitpierre with her table lamp, Hiraki.

Mooning over it

Ruth Wasserman, MADE’s Design Director noted that “the judges were impressed by the maturity of the design, and we could see it fitting in perfectly to the existing MADE catalogue.” Petitpierre’s lamp boasts an LED ring which gives the illusion of a moon. The ring pivots on two vertical arms allowing you to angle the soft light in the most useful direction.


Bigger and better

Charlotte’s design is everything MADE looks for in a new product, but the Hiraki wasn’t the only piece that ticked all of our boxes. That’s why we’re shaking things up and introducing a brand new way for designers to get their products made: TalentLAB.

Getting it made

TalentLAB is a first-of-its-kind crowdsourcing and crowdfunding platform that will offer customers access to exclusive and unique products while helping designers get their creations and name out there. “We know that there are many adventurous, innovative ideas in the world that never get brought to life. TalentLAB will help shine a spotlight on creativity, helping designers get a foothold in the industry,” said Ruth.

How it works

From 31st October this year, designers can upload their creations directly to the TalentLAB platform for the chance to have their product shortlisted by MADE. It’s then over to our customers, who will  pledge against the shortlist a small, refundable deposit to show their interest in seeing the products available to buy on the website.

Ideas made reality

Pieces that reach their target will be manufactured and sold by MADE. Up to 200 designers will have their ideas made into a reality every year making this the best platform to launch a career.

Find out more about TalentLAB, here.

Article written by: Carly-Ann Clements

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