DED Associates design, photograph courtesy of DED

‘Oh Sweet City’ – Independents celebrate Sheffield Design Week

Two of Sheffield’s independents have joined forces to create something that will appeal to both taste and eye, in celebration of Sheffield Design Week starting on Monday 23rd.

The collaboration between Sheffield creative studio DED and the Sheffield Honey Company has resulted in a new “urban honey”, ‘a fingerprint of the city’s floral landscape’ which will be housed in a ceramic pot inspired by Sheffield’s iconic, yet now lost, cooling towers from the Blackburn Meadows power station.

To mark Sheffield Design Week the two independents are hosting an evening of ‘honey inspired goodness’ at 99 Mary Street on Monday 23rd June. There will be honeyed treats and honey cocktails to accompany the viewing of the limited edition honey pot in the form of the iconic ex-towers of Tinsley, made by independent Sheffield ceramic artist Penny Withers Ceramics.

Tinsley cooling tower pots by DED and Sheffield Honey Company, photograph courtesy of DED

Tinsley cooling tower pots by DED and Sheffield Honey Company, photograph courtesy of DED

This event marks almost a year since DED, who describe themselves as ‘artist to design studio and back again’ opened their new studio on 99 Mary Street, Sheffield.

We are delighted to be part of Sheffield Design Week and to be using it as a platform to present some tasty new work by both ourselves and others.

In two events held this week we will be showcasing our recent collaboration with the Sheffield Honey Company, their exciting urban honey in our bespoke Tinsley cooling tower pots, and some seriously stunning seating from British furniture makers Deadgood, which will be exhibited alongside our range of brand new digital wallpaper designs.

This is an exciting week for Sheffield, for both designers and lovers of design. We are both, and we look forward to sharing that passion at 99 Mary Street during Design Week.

The award winning artisan honey producer, Sheffield Honey Company, has been producing local honey in Sheffield since 2010.

Innovation has always been a key part of The Sheffield Honey Company ethos, it is not just about the bees or being farmers; we want to create and shape new products – working with DED enables us to create unique products that stand out from the crowd.

Sheffield Honey Company say that their new ‘urban honey’ is a tribute to Sheffield’s prolific greenery and abundance of park and woodland, which produces a light coloured, fresh tasting spring honey.

Sheffield Design Week is a citywide celebration of design in all its forms. The festival takes place over seven days and aims to showcase all disciplines of design through a varied programme of exhibitions, workshops, conferences, installations, film screenings, open studios and walking trails.

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