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4 Nov 2014

See your designs in UK homes with DirectBlinds competition

Online retailer DirectBlinds is searching for the nation’s best up-and-coming designer, giving them the dream opportunity to create their own exclusive product range. 

Budding art and design students with a desire to break into the home interiors industry are being invited to take their first step onto the career ladder by designing an exclusive product range. 

DirectBlinds supplies made-to-measure window blinds to consumers nationwide. Its range of fabrics and materials are drawn from all leading UK suppliers to the blind industry. All DirectBlinds products are made in the UK by its skilled workforce, who are employed from the local area. The firm uses both traditional and modern manufacturing techniques.

Nicolas Swift, joint Managing Director of DirectBlinds, said: “We’re keen to support students who would like to progress a career in design, and this is the perfect opportunity for someone with real talent to get well-deserved exposure."

The company has an existing partnership with famous homeware designer, Julie Dodsworth, whose vintage inspired collection has already proved to be very popular. Now students are invited to take part in the opportunity to have their work published alongside this highly successful artist and gain exposure with one of the UK’s leading retailer for blinds and curtains.

This project potentially enables you to either create a bespoke design for the client, or to submit an image from your back catalogue of work if you think you have a winning design. The artwork can be created through analogue and/or digital processes, but the entry will be initially required as a digital file. You may enter as many entries as you wish.

The winner will see their design made into a real product and sold on the Direct Blinds website. They will also get 5% commission of every blind sold.

Share your designs with @DirectBlinds on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #makemeadesigner. Entries are also accepted via email to

The deadline for entries is 21 November 2014.