Bristol Business News photo gallery: Design Icons: Made in Bristol official launch party

September 15, 2023

An exhibition showcasing innovative design from Bristol has been officially opened by Aardman co-founder Peter Lord.

Design Icons: Made in Bristol at the Stradling Collection on Park Row, illustrates how five creative companies, including Oscar-winning animators Aardman, are building on the city’s rich history of design innovation, helping it flourish in the modern era.

Products designed by the businesses, which also include Amalgam, Kinneir Dufort, Limbs & Things and Xylotek, range from medical training simulators to complex wooden structures and household appliances – with Aardman’s Morph welcoming visitors at the door of the gallery.

The Stradling Collection contains more than 2,000 items ranging from pieces of ceramic and glass to furniture, toys and decorative objects.

It has been assembled from the private collection of Ken Stradling MBE, who died last year aged 100 and  was best known as the buyer for The Bristol Guild of Applied Art (The Guild) on Park Street from the 1940s onwards.

The exhibition runs until 5 November. For more details visit

All photos by @JonCraig_Photos

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