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Holiday Makers 

Julia Georgallis 

Main Project:

Dough for DOH


Julia Georgallis is a designer with a weakness for baked goods who believes in collaboration, community and entrepreneurship in design.


She was raised in London and has studied product, industrial and furniture design at Kingston University, Politecnico di Milano and the Royal College of Art.

Julia cofounded pop up brand Today’s Specials in collaboration with Richard Brendon in 2011 and fashion brand Collection of Industrial Fashion, in collaboration with Dustin Jessen in 2014.

She works as a freelance designer and is training as a baker, running her micro bakery The Bread Companion at the weekends.





James Shaw

Main Project:

Symbiotic Hot Tub


James Shaw was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne and raised in Devon, a.k.a. the English Riviera to a family of doctors with an artistic leaning.


He is a recent graduate of the Royal College of Art’s Design Products programme and now runs a small studio in South London specialising in the design and manufacture of bespoke and production furniture and products.

James has exhibited internationally including at The Design Museum, The V&A, Boijmans van Beuningen Museum and MOMA.

Past awards include being nominated for the Design Museum Designs of the Year Award and winning the Arc Chair Design Award.




Santiago Guerrero Font 

Main Project:

Cinema Sign & Distillation Set



Santiago Guerrero Font  is a product designer Born in Girona, Spain.


After studying industrial design engineering he worked in Barcelona and London before he reached a Design Products MA at the Royal College of Arts. His work balances between one-off and mass production peculiarities, to develop a range of objects based on this observations and interpretations.



Laurence Symonds

Main Project:

Terracotta Kiln


Laurence Symonds is a designer and technologist working in London.


After studying engineering, he worked designing and building interactive installations for Concept Shed and self initiated projects for numerous international events such as Burning Man festival. After completing the Design Products course at RCA he has been the Intel Technologist in Residence at RCA, running workshops and tutoring students on both the technique and critique of technology.





Olaya Ruiz

Main Project:

Distillation Set


Olaya Ruiz set up Holmsalon with Afra Quintanas to produce skin care and scented products. Holmsalon work focuses on the influence of scent to placemaking and wellbeing.


Olaya Ruiz is a biologist based in London specialised in plant sciense. She obtained a PhD in biological sciences at the University of Girona, Spain. Her thesis project studied the role of plants in man-designed ecosystems.





Afra Quintanas

Main Project:

Distillation Set


Afra Quintanas set up Holmsalon with Olaya Ruiz to produce skin care and scented products. Holmsalon work focuses on the influence of scent to placemaking and wellbeing.


Afra Quintanas is a placemaker and consultant based in London. She is founder of a creative consultancy specialised on the temporary use of vacant space and land. She has worked widely producing events before reaching her MA at Goldsmith, University of London. Her research project studied how placemaking improves event impact for the city and communities within it looking at design and architecture practices.



Malgorzata Bany

Main Project:

Pigments & Tools


Malgorzata Bany is a Polish artist living in London. She completed her MA in Painting at The Slade School of Fine Art and has recently shown her work at Etage Projects in Copenhagen as well as a number of other international art and design shows.


Since her MA she has worked and collaborated with a number of artists and designers. Her work is rooted in the process of painting, a big part of her practice is taken by research on colour, creating her own pigments, new colours and materials. Recently, she has been exploring craft and product as part of her practice, drawing links and blurring distinctions between art and design. 



Avantika Agarwal

Main Project:

Wax-On Boat


Avantika Agarwal is a designer currently based in London. She grew up in india, then flew across the ocean to California to pursue a degree in product design at stanford (‘12),  and finally moved to london to complete an MA at the RCA (‘14).


She enjoys working with craft, and exploring its evolution, finding ways to blend eastern and western cultures. She blames the bay area for her interest in business and strategy.  She is a syneshtete and so is pretty obsessed with colour. She has a fondness for blowtorches as well. She usually end up making big messes.



David Horan

Main Project:



David Horan is an Irish designer living in London.


He graduated from Design Products at the RCA in 2013 and has shown his work in the V&A and Christies as well as a number of international shows. His work is rooted in exploiting materials and processes to develop new aesthetics. He is working as a furniture designer for Faye Toogood.



Rain Wu



Rain Wu is a Taiwanese-born British architect based in London, her work ranges from drawings, set design, art installations to building design.


She previously worked in practices around the world including Carmody Groarke and Sou Fujimoto Architects. Since her graduation from the Royal College of Art, she has lectured and exhibited widely, as well as collaborated with designers from different disciplines to continuously explore architecture's versatility in art and design.



Aarika Hernandez



Aarika Hernandez work involves a unique blend of consumer understanding, trend forecasting and strategic thinking to craft future-proof, visionary ideas for clients.


Mining the past, present and future, she identify the key shifts that will impact consumers and culture and translate them to help our clients shape their future.

Being born and bred on the west coast of America has allowed her to forge a truly global outlook and she loves nothing more than exploring where culture, society and communication intersect and diverge across global markets.

As an avid collector and researcher of all things stationery she is always on the hunt for the best notebooks and ballpoint pens from around the globe.


Colin McSwiggen


Colin McSwiggen is a technologist and writer based in Boston, USA. 


He works in a variety of fields from software to service design and has written for publications including the Boston Globe, n+1, Jacobin, and Print.  After receiving an MA/MSc in Innovation Design Engineering from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London, he is now pursuing a PhD in Applied Mathematics at Brown University.


David Symonds

Ten things I’m glad I’ve designed and made:


A blue vase

A flower bed for a fig tree

Some curved garden steps

A Raku kiln

A larch wood shed

A dome teapot

A wooden spoon

A silver ring

Drawings using feathers

Clay spirals


Elfrida Nilsdotter Ahlby


Elfrida Nilsdotter Ahlby is an artist based on Gotland.


She started out as a painter but took a path that led her to explore textile art and crafts. She got her BA from Stenby School of Art, Craft and Design, University of Gothenburg, 2010. Since then she has continued to experiment with painting, embroidery and other textile techniques in her own work. Her ambition is to combined her two creative sides and find new ways to express the storys she is trying to share. 




Laylah Cook


Laylah Cook is a woven textile designer, from Cornwall, England.


With a degree in textile design Laylah went on to join The Saturday Market Project, an international group of designers and enthusiasts collaborating with creative companies and individuals to inspire making. Most recently Laylah has returned to weaving and is now Director of Design and Production at The Bristol Weaving Mill, a new micro-mill based in the heart of Bristol, producing bespoke and innovative fabrics in the UK.



Chloë Lam Shang Leen

Main Project:

Landskaps Paviljong


Chloë Lam Shang Leen is a qualified architect, interior and exhibition designer.


She has a particular interest in the communicative aspect of architectural and interior design and has worked on several projects at major institutions such as the Southbank Centre, Natural History Museum, British Library and Science Museum. She has recently co-founded PUP Architects, of which she is a partner. The practice is interested in fostering a diversity of project shapes and sizes, and is currently working on the redevelopment of Surrey Docks City Farm as well as a new-build house for a private client. Chloë's main life goal is to have a bathroom cast entirely from tutti-frutti terrazzo.




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