Elevate Design was launched in 2002 in Sydney Australia by interior
designer Catherine Bainbridge, to design and manufacture original high
quality handmade textile homewares. The Elevate concept was sparked
during Catherine’s time working in interior design, which exposed a gap
in the market for new bold and striking textiles.
Elevate’s collection is now marked by an eclectic range of designs
combining vintage and modern styles and handprinted on quality textiles
made from a majority of 100% cotton and linens. Elevate's own label
specialises in contemporary tableware, with a locally made range of
tablecloths, serviettes, tablerunners and accessories.
One of Elevate’s initial designs the Bread and Milk Bag, a foldaway
bag range, has led to a collaboration in 2008 with a Japanese company to
create a collection of eco friendly bags for everyday use, including
the Easy Shopper Bag.
Elevate has since grown to include the
importation of several other designers work from Denmark, Sweden and
France. You can see all their beautiful and unique creations on this
Anne Black is a Copenhagen based ceramicist
who´s career evolves around her devotion to applied arts &
craftsmanship. Her excitement of working hands-on with the clay were
initially inspired by studying ancient Chinese porcelain in school.
After graduating from the design school in 1996, she worked in various
collective pottery workshops in Copenhagen, creating her porcelain
objects, which combine Scandinavian design and craftsmanship, into
functional handmade porcelain pieces.
In 2005 Anne transformed her pottery skills
and workshop into a development project, when she created a ceramic
factory, in the north of Vietnam, together with Mrs. Hang (Vietnamese).
There she had the chance to work closely with skilled artisans with whom
she exchanged ideas, knowledge and inspiration.
The facility initially received support
from the Danish aid organisation Danida and has over the years matured
into a socially and environmentally sustainable factory with more
than 50 artisans, who produce Anne´s porcelain, with meticulous skill,
by hand, day by day.
While given access, to clean working
environment, insurances, health programmes and increased economic
opportunity, these artisans, at the same time, preserve treasured
traditions of craftsmanship in Bat Trang, a famous village in Vietnam,
known for its history within ceramics.
2013 was another transforming year for Anne Black, when she added her Copenhagen based concept store black.
There she curated a selection of international high-end brands, within
fashion, furniture and design accessories together with her own lines of
In recent years Anne Black has expanded her
work with unique pieces, made in her workshop in Copenhagen and often
in collaboration with various designers such as Akira Minagawa (JP),
Henrik Vibskov (DK), Adish (IL).