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Thread Design and Development

Thread is a product design consultancy. We integrate expert textiles knowledge with traditional product design.

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Thread help clients expand ideas, identify practical solutions, and design effective products that deliver business value and real-world impact.

Our expertise and experience extends to both conventional and technical materials and processes, allowing us to produce practical designs built on our extensive understanding of the capabilities, benefits and limits of materials.

While we enjoy being involved from the start of the creative process, we can contribute to individual elements at any stage during the design and development of a product.

Our technical expertise and enthusiasm for what we do is a big part of what defines us, and we’ve collaborated with designers, engineering consultancies, manufacturers, brands and startups to create inspiring products.

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Process design and development

Complex textile assemblies need to be made cost effective, and the process for assembling them can strongly influence the feasibility of a concept. Thread can provide support and innovation in generating and refining processes for assembling products to make them more cost effective, better looking, stronger, simpler.

Work

Kinneir Dufort: medical device pouches

medical pouch leather diabetes

For the last 5 years Thread have been working with Kinneir Dufort, providing design support, fabric sourcing, prototyping and manufacture data for soft medical products they design for leading international healthcare clients

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Prosthesis cosmesis design: improved realism, longer life

Cosmesis Design Prototyping

Design thinking saves cost and adds realism to cosmetic leg covers

People

Rachel Tomlinson

Rachel Tomlinson

With a penchant for making products that have a distinct impact on a user’s quality of life, Rachel is our textiles specialist with a background in manufacturing and industrial design engineering.

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