About Us

Welcome to The Design Edit, the online magazine dedicated to limited edition, collectible design.

This magazine has been born from a passion for these glorious, curious, hybrid artworks – which are rooted in function but surprise, delight and challenge us like sculpture.

Carpenters’ Workshop Gallery’s founders, Loic le Gaillard and Julien Lombrail, have been leading protagonists in this sector of the art world. They have encouraged artists to take risks; they have supported the craftspeople who keep pace with the artists’ visions and they have helped to build audiences for these experimental objects. It was their idea to found a magazine that would be the home for critical discussion and the enthusiastic sharing of news and information about this growing genre.

The Design Edit aims to cover anything that might interest one of the collectors, or one of dreamers drawn to these ingenious creations. We have invited contributions from some of the leading writers in the fields of art and design, who are introducing and evaluating this relatively new segment of the contemporary art scene. Within these pages you will find: market analysis; reviews of gallery and museum exhibitions; reports from art and design fairs; interviews with artists, collectors, gallerists and market players; profiles of prominent contemporary designers, artists and architects; debates between critics and curators; and features exploring trends and critical ideas. We aim to cover events and chase ideas across the habitable world, from the traditional centres of London, Paris and New York to the burgeoning collectible design scenes of China, Brazil and Southern Africa.

This online magazine was born from a perceived need: to give collectible design its own space in the crowded sphere of writing about art and design. But collectible design does not exist in isolation – it is part of a broad cultural landmass bordering sculpture, craft, design and new technology. We will send our writers on forays into these neighbouring realms. Above all, we will seek good stories and pertinent ideas.

We hope of course that you will enjoy it. We welcome your feedback!

Meet the team

Emma Crichton-Miller

Emma Crichton-Miller is Editor-in-Chief of The Design Edit, and an arts journalist, editor and writer. She contributes regularly to the Financial Times and is a columnist on Apollo Magazine. She has written many exhibition catalogue essays and a major monographic essay on the artist Edmund De Waal, published in 2014.

Sophie Poklewski Koziell

Sophie Poklewski Koziell is a writer and editor based in Cornwall. She writes on a wide variety of subjects including the arts, education, activism and ecology. She was co-Editor of Resurgence magazine, co-author of Gathering Force: DIY Culture and edited The Ape Has Stabbed Me.

Ali Morris

Ali Morris is a London-based writer, editor and consultant who specialises in design and architecture. Trained in interior architecture, she is a longtime contributing editor at Wallpaper* magazine and reporter at online publication Dezeen. She also writes regularly for titles such as Elle Decoration, Interior Design, CNN Style and the Guardian. Ali tells stories about design products and services, and the people and places behind them.

Anna Sansom

Anna Sansom is a British-born, Paris-based journalist who has been covering design for 15 years, interviewing both established and emerging talents. She is a Paris correspondent for The Art Newspaper and a regular contributor to international publications such as Frame (the Netherlands), Damn (Belgium), Art Now, Noblesse (China) and Sotheby’s Magazine. Anna has written for several books, including One Artist, One Material and What I’ve Learned.

Anna Talley

Anna Talley is a researcher, writer, and designer based in New York City. She holds a BFA in Art and Design History from the Pratt Institute and is starting work on her MA in Design History and Material Culture at the V&A/Royal College of Art in London. Previously, she has worked on design-related projects in the curatorial departments of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Charlotte Abrahams

Charlotte Abrahams is a writer and curator specialising in design and the applied arts. She trained at Central St Martin’s and since then has written regularly for the national and international press, including: FT How to Spend It, CRAFTS, Stella Magazine, Times LUXX, Homes & Antiques and Design Anthology UK. She is author of Wallpaper: A Collection of Modern Prints and Hygge: A Celebration of Simple Pleasures. Living the Danish Way. Charlotte also works as a curator, her work includes the new design showcase Spotted at Top Drawer and exhibitions at the Geffrye Museum, Rodmarton Manor and The Wilson.

Claire Wrathall

Claire Wrathall writes for Christie’s Magazine and the Financial Times and is a former editor of Art Quarterly.

Claudia Barbieri

Claudia Barbieri is an independent journalist specialising in contemporary art and design. Her articles have been published in the Art Newspaper, Modern Magazine and The New York Times, amongst others. She studied the history of French decorative arts at Christie’s Education in Paris, and has lived and worked for many years in Southeast Asia, Italy and France.

Daisy Alioto

Daisy Alioto has written about art, architecture and design for The New York Times, GQ Style, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Review of Books, Travel & Leisure, Wallpaper*. In 2013, she graduated from Bowdoin College where she was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize, the Bowdoin College Non-Fiction Prize and the DeAlva Stanwood Alexander First Prize.

Dominic Lutyens

Dominic Lutyens is a London-based arts journalist who also writes for The Financial Times, BBC Designed and Elle Decoration. He is co-author of the books 70s Style & Design, Celia Birtwell and Living with Mid-Century Collectibles.

Francesca Gavin

Francesca Gavin is a writer and curator based in London. She is the author of six books, the most recent being Watch This Space. She was the co-curator of Manifesta11, the European biennial of contemporary art. Francesca is a contributing editor at Kaleidoscope, good trouble and Twin and has a monthly radio show on NTS on art and music. Francescagavin.com

Glenn Adamson

Glenn Adamson is an American curator, author and historian whose research and work focuses on the intersections of design, craft and contemporary art. Glenn is currently Senior Scholar Senior Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art, Editor-at-large of The Magazine Antiques, and Editor of Journal of Modern Craft. He is author of many books, most recently Fewer Better Things: The Hidden Wisdom of Objects. Glenn has held previous notable appointments as the Director of the Museum of Arts and Design, Head of Research at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and as Curator at the Chipstone Foundation.

Grant Gibson

Grant Gibson is a UK-based design, craft and architecture writer whose has contributed to The Observer, New Statesman, The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, FRAME and Dwell. He has been Editor of Blueprint and Crafts, Deputy Editor of FX, and acting Executive Editor of the RIBA Journal. He curated the exhibition Space Craft: architecture meeting making and currently hosts the new podcast Material Matters.

Helen Chislett

Helen Chislett is a writer specialising in design-related subject, encompassing everything from furniture, interiors, art, antiques and architecture to craft, gardens and decoration. She is a regular contributor to the FT’s How to Spend It, and the FT Weekend section and is editor-at-large of the USA portal 1stdibs.com. Helen has written seventeen books to date, among the most recent being Star Pieces: The Enduring Beauty of Spectacular Furniture. In 2015 Helen launched London Connoisseur as a response to the need of artists and artisans to promote their work to the super-prime sector of interior design and architecture.

Hugh Thomson

Hugh Thompson is a travel writer, film maker and explorer. His travel books include: The White Rock: An Exploration of the Inca Heartland, Cochineal Red, and Nanda Devi. His memoir Tequila Oil: Getting Lost in Mexico was serialised by BBC Radio 4, and he has been BAFTA nominated for his films.For The Green Road into the Trees, he returned to Britain to write about his own country. It won the inaugural Wainwright Prize for Best Nature and Travel Writing.

Imogen Greenhalgh

Imogen Greenhalgh is Deputy Editor at Royal Academy of Arts, London. She is a writer covering contemporary art, craft and design. She was Deputy Editor Crafts magazine and has written for a range of publications including Wallpaper*, Ceramic Review, the British Journal of Photography and SLEEK.

Judith Gura

Judith Gura is a design historian and writer with a special focus on twentieth century and contemporary design. Based in New York, she is on the faculty of the New York School of Interior Design and has taught at Pratt Institute and FIT. She has curated exhibitions at the New York School of Interior Design, and worked on exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, the Whitney Museum and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Judith is the author of several books including Postmodernism Design Complete and Interior Landmarks: Treasures of New York.

Lucia van der Post

Lucia van der Post is one of the UK’s foremost writers on luxury, travel, interiors and fashion. She was the founding Editor of the Financial Times How to Spend It magazine. She is author of William Morris and Morris & Co., Things I Wish My Mother Had Told Me and Celebrate: The Art of the Special Occasion.

Paul Clemence

Paul Clemence is a writer and photographer covering the cross sections of design, art and architecture. His writing and photography has been featured in publications such as Metropolis Magazine, Modern, Interior Design, Casa Vogue Brasil, Architects & Artisans, Everett Potter’s Travel Report and Lume Mato Grosso.

Sarah Archer

Sarah Archer is an American writer and curator based in Philadelphia, United States. She is a contributing Editor at American Craft Inquiry, and a frequent contributor to Hyperallergic, The Atlantic, Architectural Digest, The Journal of Modern Craft and The New Yorker online, among others. She is the author of Midcentury Christmas, a book about the material culture of Christmas in post-war United States. Sarah’s new book The Midcentury Kitchen is recently published by Countryman Press.

Sophie Hastings

Sophie Hastings is a journalist based in London specialising in the global contemporary art scene. She was Features Editor of Art Review, and wrote a monthly art column for GQ. She has also written about design and interiors for publications including The Times, the FT, the Guardian, Christies.com and Sotheby’s magazine.

Tom Morris

Tom Morris is a London-based journalist and consultant. Formerly design editor at Monocle, he writes for the FT Weekend, AD and Wallpaper* and works with brands such as Loewe and Issey Miyake. He is the author of three books, most recently New Wave Clay, published by Frame and Thames & Hudson in 2018. Tom lives in the Barbican and also writes fiction