The Business of Design

BuyDesign is a purpose-built platform for designers and business professionals. Connecting the design industry commercially and creatively.

For Business

A dedicated space to discover, brief, acquire original ideas and receive pitches from vetted international designers

Explore original design

Gain access to our diverse, international network of designers, whose furniture, lighting, pattern and illustration, and industrial designs are waiting for you to discover with the BuyDesign marketplace.

Brief designers

If you can’t find what you’re looking for inside the marketplace of original ideas or love a designer’s profile and previous work, add them to your favourite designers list in your studio and brief them directly.

Manage briefs and open calls through your studio, choose who you collaborate with or invite a designer to join you and develop long-standing creative relationships.

Create and share moodboards

Inside your studio tab, you can add original product ideas, from the marketplace, directly to your mood board. Create multiple boards, share with your colleagues, and review products together.

Receive direct proposals

Many companies receive hundreds of unsolicited emails from designers, which need to be replied to for courtesy and legal reasons.

No more sifting through stacks of PDF proposals or losing ideas in your inbox. View, manage, and respond to designers’ direct proposals quickly and efficiently with a pre-filled auto message or add a personal note, safe in the knowledge you have replied. Which affirms you have viewed and responded, forming good business practice.

Streamline your admin

Create and save multiple agreements and T&Cs. Attach these to products you buy with a license agreement or buy original designs outright with a one-off payment. Manage your products, agreements, terms and conditions, invoices and payments all in one place.

For Designers

Receive direct briefs,
respond to open calls, present original ideas, and pitch directly to a vetted business audience

Propose direct to companies

Upload your original design

Add original product ideas from your archive or new ideas to your profile for businesses to view on the marketplace. We only require one image, the cover image to follow the BuyDesign guidelines.

Receive briefs

Receive briefs directly from companies, and create proposals to respond to open calls. Discuss with the buyer using the chat/messaging tool, and exchange files, ideas and thoughts to build long-standing partnerships.

Protect your work

Your work is protected. Other designers can not view your work. Only registered and vetted buyers can see your work. We use proven technology to provide a layer of protection by recording who views your ideas and when.

When you upload we will record the date and time, we can also see how many views your work has had, and track some additional data such as if your work has been added to a buyer’s mood board for example.

This helps to protect your work and if there is any infringement in the future we can provide you with this data. This can help you litigate any IP infringements.

Additionally, you can hide your designs on the platform and re-activate them at a later stage, withdraw or cancel your pitches and open calls, your profile and work are private, and you have full control.

Connect to industry

Networking is tough. So we’ve streamlined the process, allowing you to browse our expanding network of industry-leading global brands, retailers, and manufacturers. You can propose, and pitch ideas directly and have access to the full list and profiles of the companies on BuyDesign. You can rest assured your work is going to the right place.

Keep track of your admin

All T&Cs and agreements are negotiated and signed between you and the buyer. You will have visibility of agreements and payment terms the buyers are proposing before you commit to either a licensing agreement, to receive royalties, or as a one-off fee.

If you sell a product, or are due royalties, we’ll send the payment to your bank account. You can track when you’ll receive each payment in your Stripe dashboard, which you can access through your BuyDesign account.


Brief designers and discover original works.

View designer profiles, brief directly or launch Open Calls to the community and discover original works.

“BuyDesign is a brilliant innovation  in breaking down these barriers  and simplifying the process of commissioning design.”

Tom is co-founder of the London design studio Pearson Lloyd. He trained in Furniture Design at Nottingham, before completing an MA in Industrial Design at the
RCA in 1993. Tom founded Pearson Lloyd with Luke Pearson in 1997.

“We are very excited for the possibilities BuyDesign gives Forma&Cemento.”

Marialaura is an architect, designer, and the creative director and owner of Studio Irvine. Since 2011, she has led Studio Irvine, where industrial products serve as the pulsating heart of design with notable clients such as Arper, Baleri Italia, Discipline, Faraone Mennella, Muji, MPlus, Offecct, Phaidon and Thonet.

“BuyDesign is the site that can change the dynamics of the relationship between designers and clients to their mutual benefit .”

Deyan Sudjic OBE is writer and broadcaster, specialising in the fields of design and architecture. Formerly the director of the Design Museum, ex Editor-in-Chief of Domus Magazine and founder editor of Blueprint

“Finally, with Buydesign, there is a platform which allows the different actors of the design world to be connected.”

Aldo Cibic is an influential Italian designer known for co-founding Memphis. His projects have been exhibited at Venice Architecture Biennale, and his work focuses on community and place design.

Join BuyDesign and start
connecting with Designers and Companies

Join BuyDesign and access everything you need, from designer portfolios
to brief and open call management tools, in one user-friendly platform.
Streamline the creative process and unlock your business potential with BuyDesign.



Create and post open-call briefs to all our designers. Open calls are requests for ideas, allowing designers to respond and submit their designs directly to you.


Open calls are briefs listed in a company’s profile, where you can respond with existing products or create new proposals.



View, manage, accept or decline designers’ direct proposals quickly and efficiently by responding with editable auto replies for courtesy and legal reasons.


Pitch directly to our partners on BuyDesign, knowing your designs will be viewed by the right person.

*This Open Call is now closed*
However, if you have a design that would suit Ritzenhoff brand, why not pitch to them directly via their BuyDesign profile.

This Italian company creates luxury products easily recognisable by their exclusive treatment of concrete.

Deadline for proposals by: 31/08/023

*This Open Call is now closed*
However, if you have a design that would suit Italsed’s brand, why not pitch to them directly via their BuyDesign profile.

*This Open Call is now closed*
However, if you have a design that would suit raawii’s brand, why not pitch to them directly via their BuyDesign profile.

We support designs in mind

Designs in Mind is a working studio, tucked away in Shropshire, where adults living with mental health challenges work collaboratively on ambitious, experimental art and design projects.

Our founder Theo Williams has been collaborating with Designs in Mind for some years and now BuyDesign has partnered with Designs in Mind to bring projects with purpose to the centre of the design industry.