Tortie Hoare: designer of the year

Tortie Hoare has been nominated New Designer of the Year at the Birmingham fair Interiors 2011

Through her research, Tortie Hoare came across the french medieval process of boiling leather. This enables her to create structural 3d shapes that are an environmentally conscious alternative to using plastics or resin. The pieces are comfortable to use and beautifully unique, right down to marks where the cow has scratched against a bush. All the pieces in the collection are handmade and designed by Tortie. The New designers judges commented "innovation, personal passion and an incredible sensitivity to materials which has reinvented a lost process from medieval times combine to produce an outstanding collection of contemporary furniture".
Interiors 2011 takes place from January 23 to 26 at the Birmingham National Exhibiton Centre. Designersblock will be in Hall 2 Stand E40 within the Thinking Space area. Featuring work from emerging and established designers.

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