Our guest designers

The second Design Exquis have four guest designers. Like for the first edition, the only way they could communicate were through their creations. They received one brief: that they had to respond to the work of the previous designer.

The four designers who worked on the first Design Exquis | CDW13 Edition are:

#1 Plant&Moss


James Plant (JP) and James Moss (JM) have been running the business ‘Plant & Moss’ since 2009 with clients including Anthropologie, Du Boulay for Nandos, Homeless – Hong Kong, Liberty of London, Pedlars, Selfridges concessions with Pedlars and Top Man.
Both James’ studied on the same product design course at Buckinghamshire New University. The duo started working together when they were both separately selected by Thorsten Van Elton to exhibit at New Designers ‘One Year On’. For the exhibition 40 of the best young designers were chosen from 4000 graduates, to exhibit their work. The two had planned to exhibit individually, but past experiences of working together led to them seizing the opportunity to form Plant & Moss. James Plant first exhibited at 100% Futures when he was awarded the ‘100% Design Award’ for innovation and design.
Plant & Moss’ first order came after participating at The Dock, by Tom Dixon in 2009 and was from the prestigious Liberty of London. A year was spent bringing the first collection together; the company then incorporated in January 2011, when they set up their Birmingham based studio. Their first collection was exhibited at the Tramshed 2011 for London Design Festival.

#2 Dominic Wilcox


Dominic Wilcox is a British designer who creates unique and innovative objects, drawings and installations. His work has been exhibited and published extensively worldwide.
"I spend most of my time attempting to reveal the hidden surprises which are embedded within the banal, everyday things that surround us."
"I’m interested in certain areas of contemporary art, craft and design and my work moves between many different areas of creative expression. Some of my ideas develop from observations on human behaviour and I express them through the objects I create. I also experiment with materials to find surprises that can’t be found simply by thinking with a pen or computer."
In more detail.... 
After studying a degree in Visual Communication at Edinburgh College of Art, followed by a period of time living in Japan, Wilcox later undertook an MA at the Royal College of Art on the renowned Design Product course led by Ron Arad.
Since 2002 Wilcox has worked on his own projects as well as major art and design commissions for organisations such as Nike, Vipp and Esquire.
In 2009 he started a Webby award nominated ideas site called Variations on normal, where he puts his sketchbook ideas and observations. He is currently developing new work, experiments and ideas.

#3 Georg Œhler


Georg Œhler worked successfully through his Austrian company Pudelskern from 2006 – 2012. The experience and the knowledge built up in this time is a solid base for his new London based company after the partnership came to an end. Georg Œhler pursues his path in the fields of interior and furniture design and his design approach carries his earlier work further using natural material and a focusing on the narrative side of design.
The design of furniture, lighting and interior projects won Georg Œhler an Interior Innovation Award Selection and a nomination as Austrian of the Year and his work is exhibited and published around the world. Among his clients are Casamania, Stepevi, Mint Gallery and the Austrian Chambers of Commerce.
Growing up in the European Alps and traveling from early ages formed the approach Georg Œhler took on design. The peace and security of a rural childhood in a small mountain village and the deep impression the Parthenon, the Pantheon and the Alhambra influenced his way to see the world. Studying architecture in Innsbruck and Madrid provided the necessary tools to be able to realise his visions.

#4 Matthew Plummer-Fernandez


Matthew Plummer-Fernandez is a British/ Colombian artist exploring emerging technology and culture. He received his MA from the Royal College of Art in 2009, after studies in Graphic Design and a BEng in Computer-Aided Mechanical Engineering at Kings College London. His work has been exhibited and published globally and has received commissions from curators Rhizome, Arts Co, It’s Nice That, and Selfridges. He is currently based in South East London, working in design research at Goldsmiths College.

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