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Top Drawer's COADG bursary award announced

Marta Bordes wins Top Drawer's prestigious Confession of a Design Geek Award 2016

Top Drawer is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2016 confession of a design geek (COADG) bursary is Marta Bordes, who came out on top of the public vote hosted by Katie Treggiden’s award winning design blog.

As part of the prize, Marta Bordes will be exhibiting her designs at Top Drawer from 17-19 January at London Olympia, offering press and buyers a great opportunity to see Marta's striking Satelite Lamp creations and meet her in person.

"With a background in architecture I approached ceramics as an outsider, looking at it from an unbiased perspective, questioning its applications and its limits. The whole set provides an effect of weightlessness that intrigues the viewer. It really makes an impact because it is unexpected but so simple and visual that everyone engages with it at first sight," says Marta Bordes.

For the fourth consecutive year, Top Drawer have partnered with Katie Treggiden to run the 2016 COADG bursary. Marta’s prize, worth over £10K, includes a photography shoot, PR, marketing and business mentoring, a complimentary stand at Top Drawer, a product showcase at the Barbican Centre shop, a one-week pop-up shop at West Elm, and promotional material from

With Top Drawer and industry influencer Katie Treggiden sharing a rich history of discovering and nurturing new talent, this annual partnership is fast becoming one of the shows must-see exhibits.

About Marta Bordes
With a Masters in Architecture from UPM(Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) and a BA Ceramics from Escuela de Cerámica de Madrid,already under her belt, Marta Bordes has justgraduated with an MA in Design from Central Saint Martins. Elastic Lights is her graduation project, and her first step into a career as a product designer. Two ceramic parts and an elastic cord combine to form table lamps and pendants that are intuitively easy to adjust. @m_bordes

Bursary Shortlist Selection Panel
Anthony Joseph of Joseph Joseph, Mark Hampshire of Mini Moderns, Jessica Simms from West Elm, Ian Rudge and Alejandra Campos from Home at Top Drawer, confessions of a design geek founding editor, Katie Treggiden

Bursary Mentors and Partners

Barbican Centre, Christian Payne, Decorum, HAM, Joseph Joseph, Mini Moderns, October Communications,Press Loft, The Design Trust, Seen PR,, West Elm and Yeshen Venema Photography.

About Confessions of a design geek

Confessions of a design geek is an award-winning blog established in 2010 by Katie Treggiden to discover,champion and inspire new designers. It has been named as a top design blog by Dwell US, Elle Decor Italia and The Sunday Times. Katie also writes for the Guardian, Elle Decoration and Dezeen.

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