17 – 25 September 2022

London Design Festival

Multi-Disciplinary Design

Designer panel: Making design a commercial success

By Gowling WLG


21 Sep / 11:00 - 12:00



No ticket required

What can designers do to ensure that their designs are a commercial success? Panel with John Coldham (Gowling WLG), Phoebe Gormley (founder - Gormley & Gamble), Simone Brewster (artist and furniture/jewellery designer), Martin Darbyshire (CEO/co-founder - tangerine) and Eleanor Humphrey (CEO/co-founder - TOPL).

Gowling WLG's UK Head of Brands & Designs, John Coldham, will be joined by a panel of leading designers for a discussion on how they've successfully established their businesses and protected their designs. Phoebe Gormley, founder of Gormley & Gamble, the first ever womens' tailor on Savile Row, will talk about her experience of establishing her modern, design-led business in a traditional and often old-fashioned sector. Simone Brewster, an artist and furniture/jewellery designer with an architecture background, has been exhibited at the British Embassy during the London 2012 Olympic Games, but has also had issues with people taking her designs without permission. Martin Darbyshire, CEO and co-founder of tangerine and trustee of the Design Council, joins our panel once again this year, this time with TOPL CEO and co-founder Eleanor Humphrey, to talk about the story behind bringing TOPL's innovative non-spill cup to market and the measures taken to protect the designs.