I am absolutely loving the Britain’s Next Big Thing BBC series. Each week I tune in to see how the Prof is doing in Liberty, or whether Habitat will accept the Frog.
The series follows a selection of product designers who pitch their ideas to Liberty, Boots or Habitat. The host Theo Paphitis travels the country visiting the designers offering his words of wisdom.
The reason I prefer this series to programs such as Dragons Den, is that it has a much more honest portrayal of investment in to products. It talks through the license verses manufacturer argument and lets the viewers watch the inventors battle with the tough decisions.
The star of the show has to be the Cardiff University Professor of Architecture who has landed himself in the world of ladies fashion. His obsession with minerals has led to a spend of over £30,000 yet it is what he does with the minerals that adds the wow to the story.
The Prof makes high resolution scans of the minerals and prints them on to silk scarves manufacturered in an Italian silk printing factory. His scarves are now sold in Liberty and still take my breath away every time I catch a glimpse of the pieces of art.
Here’s the Prof and his scarves –
After passing by Habitat this weekend, I noticed a familiar looking little orange vase looking at me from the shelf. It was the ‘face’ vase seen in the series designed by Catherine Gray. Really nice to see designs filtering on to the high street that we know a little background on. Congratulations to all the designers who were successful, and for those who weren’t…I’m sure we’ll see you around.
Nicole @ beaufrog