About Us

Susannah Dowse is the owner and creative director of Dowse Design a studio & design shop in Brighton. Her studio shop showcases her own work alongside pieces by emerging designers & small independent studios. Believing that beauty in an object comes in part from how it is made and by whom. The Dowse shop offers great quality, innovative and affordable design led gifts, jewellery, art prints and homewares. 

Susannah has 10 years of experience with international design shows both as an exhibitor and as a visiting trade buyer, she understands the needs for designers exhibiting and for those visiting. 

April Williams has been an active member of Brighton’s creative community since studying at the University.  April he has been a buyer for many prestigious galleries, high street and museum shops, most recently as the Buying Manager for The Design Museum. April offers a bespoke curation and procurement for creative retail businesses as well as commercial consultancy for designers and makers.

Susannah & April met when Susannah was commissioned to produce a jewellery & print collection for The Design Museum. 

Susannah and April have joined forces to set up The Brighton Design Show as part of the first Design Brighton Festival. Our aim is to showcase Brighton and Hove City’s rich and diverse design community.

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