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Emerging Design Medal Winner 2021 Mac Collins

This year’s Emerging Design Medal, recognising an impact made on the design scene within five or so years of graduation is prized to Mac Collins.


The British designer, maker and artist from Nottingham graduated with a degree in Three-Dimensional Design from Northumbria University, Newcastle in the summer of 2018. In the years since graduating, Collins has been committed to designing and making narrative-rich and impactful furniture and objects. In this pursuit, Collins focuses on manipulating, yet still celebrating, the inherent beauty of the materials that he works with.


Alongside this material driven approach, Collins brings personal and cultural narratives into his work, and deems his practice as a means of exploring his own identity and position within the African Diaspora. As a designer of Jamaican descent, Collins draws on his Caribbean lineage to create artefacts that are often informed by the stories and the charisma of his elders.


His upcoming projects include a piece for ‘Discovered’ at the Design Museum – curated by Wallpaper* Magazine and the American Hardwood Export Company (AHEC), and debut pieces created for Finnish brand Vaarnii.


“I was surprised to receive the news and am pleased to have had my practice recognised in this way. My thanks go to all those involved in the decision-making process, and to those who have supported and mentored me over the past couple of years.”