Inspired by Mid-century design and architecture Gloucestershire based designer Vanessa Coles began creating her series of modular functional objects during her MA in Design at the University of the West of England in 2017. 

Vanessa exhibited at the New Designers back in 1990 with a range of surface pattern designs that lead to a wide range of contacts and connections both in the UK and in Japan. Since then she has gone on to train and work in number of creative industries from graphic, spatial and urban design. Alongside her creative practice she currently teaches Design at Stroud School of Art.

At the heart of her practice is making, drawing on her multidisciplinary background and the ability to move between disciplines. The underlying focus and research throughout much of her work has been between traditional craftsmanship and new technologies. Combining craft and advances in technology and the joining of simple materials and techniques. 

Vanessa’s work has a strong focus on aesthetic value through simplicity, purity of geometry, pattern and colour, together with a sense of fun and playfulness. Her current work creates a joyful connection between user and object, combining pattern and the functionality of good design with qualities of craft, technique and process.

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