Designer is a leading light

Designer Esther Patterson
Designer Esther Patterson

A Wirksworth woman has been named as one of the country’s bright lights in design after being nominated for a prestigious award.

Esther Patterson, of Curiousa and Curiousa, has been shortlisted for the Elle Decoration British Design Award 2012.

The designer, whose studio is in the former Weston’s shop, in North End, Wirksworth, was nominated out of thousands of designers across the country for her distinctive hand–blown glass lights.

She is one of 30 designers up for the award, spanning all genres of design, including textiles, ceramics and furniture.

Esther said: “I’m up against people that did the Olympic stadium and the new Kings Cross interior – so it’s a bit mad.

“There are also people who are really well known for lighting, such as Tom Dixon and Lee Broom.”

The mother–of–two has a background in graphic design, but decided to take the bold move of retraining in decorative arts a few years ago – graduating from Nottingham Trent University in 2009.

In a short time, Esther has been able to build up a good reputation, and her work has even been used by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to furnish not just his restaurants, but his home as well.

“It’s a bit unbelievable for me to be nominated for such as award when I’ve only really been going for two years,” she said.

Esther designs the lights herself and uses Matlock–based glass blower Anthony Wassell to create them.

Further information on Curiousa and Curiousa is available by visiting the website www.curiousaandcuriousa.co.uk.