Andrew Tanner

Placement at QUEST


In 2007 Quest 1 brought together nine designers from the UK and the Netherlands and two companies, BGB Engineering and Smith of Derby in the East Midlands. The aim of the project was two-fold, to enable the manufacturing companies to explore big picture issues through a process of blue sky thinking; and to support designers to develop extended portfolio experience within businesses.

Quest 1 - in which Arts Council East Midlands collaborated with the Dutch organisation Young Designers & Industry (YDI) - was a knowledge transfer laboratory that travelled between the Netherlands and East Midlands.

It had a simple methodology. Following the selection of the businesses and designers, there were three workshops in the UK and the Netherlands. The first workshop introduced the businesses to the designers and set the ‘quests’.

The second workshop in Amsterdam showcased examples of designers working with businesses in new ways and saw the designers present their first responses and spend time in designers’studios. At the third workshop at The Hub in the East Midlands the designers presented their final concepts to the companies, who were able to choose one idea or concept each to take forward for further working. The designers worked in groups and presented collaboratively.

Andrew Tanner and Marjet Wessels Boer formed one of the three teams who produced initial concepts. See Documents for a description of their ideas.

Andrew Tanner (East Midlands)
In 1998 Andrew Tanner was one of the founding partners of the design house HUB which reflected the movement of the British Designer- Maker emerging at that time. Tanner’s work soon became some of the most recognisable products emerging from the craft and design scene.

Andrew Tanner Design was launched in 2002 to create new working partnerships with individual clients and to enable Tanner to continue with his in-house collections that combine sculptural and functional design. In 2005 Andrew Tanner was awarded ‘Young Designer of the Year’ whilst also winning other accolades for his working practice including ‘Best Decorative Product Award’ and shortlisted for the Eureka design prize. His widely acclaimed and original new collection ‘Silhouette,’ which combines traditional manufacture with contemporary design aesthetics,  was launched in 2007 and sells to New York, Paris, Milan and the Netherlands.