So, with his own capital, he decided to batch-produce in the UK such items as Alexander Taylor's charming Antler coat hook and Dominic Wilcox's War Bowl, made from a troop of half-melted toy soldiers.Saluted for investing in young British talent, Van Elten maintains he is a "producer", not a manufacturer ("I don't have any factories").... Today he works with Finnish furniture manufacturer Artek, as well as under his own brand (Copper Shade pendant).Kerr Noble"We're a bit like detectives," says Amelia Noble of the fastidious approach she and Frith Kerr - and their small company - favour in their graphic design work.

When it comes to design, the Guardian newspaper believes that the UK is home to some of the world’s biggest talent. In a recent article, they name their brightest stars. Here’s their top 3:

Thorsten van Elten A Pigeon Light is for life, not just for Christmas, believes Van Elten. He expects customers to treat the dinky, bird-shaped lamps – or anything stocked by his quirky London boutique – with as much care as a household pet. “We’ve slightly lost track of what stuff costs. Everybody should buy less, but buy better,” says the German-born retailer, 39, who founded his homewares label in 2002. As a buyer for furniture store SCP, Van Elten felt many good designs weren’t making it to the market due to the paucity of British manufacturing. So, with his own capital, he decided to batch-produce in the UK such items as Alexander Taylor’s charming Antler coat hook and Dominic Wilcox’s War Bowl, made from a troop of half-melted toy soldiers.

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