What it’s all about & the faces behind Design Crawl


Like many great ideas, Design Crawl was borne out of an innocent chat in the office between two Design Crawl Founders Faye Robinson and Katie Fluhrer. Both Faye and Katie work from a design based showroom space within the city centre of Manchester and over recent years have witnessed a growth in the number, and the quality of showroom resources within the city. 


This resource, with great products, run by talented people was vastly underrated and underused.  Design Crawl was created to increase the visibility of these spaces, to get more people from the design community into these spaces. The need to travel to London or beyond to view the latest product innovations is no longer necessary when Manchester is home to many of the brand leaders in design too.


With the support and encouragement of colleagues and peers in just under 2 months, a new showroom led design event had been created. Design Crawl 2019 included over 13 showrooms, over 30 scheduled events with over 500 ‘crawlers’ taking part.


Faye and Katie were joined by Daryl Jackson in January 2020. Daryl, also from a showroom background brings a wealth of experience in marketing, media and events. Back in 2019, Daryl showed a clear ambition for the events growth, designing and developing the website and managing other marketing materials. 


Showrooms are a big investment. There is no better way to see and experience a product and speak to people who are passionate about their work. There is, of course, a market for tradeshows, but with the desire to reduce waste and our impact on the environment, Design Crawl provides a cleaner alternative and one which isn’t packed away after two days. The showroom spaces always remain open and welcoming throughout the year. We look forward to bringing you Design Crawl 2020 and growing the event each year.

Kate Fluhrer

● 10+ years experience within the lighting and design industry.

● MTCP Town and Country Planning –The University of Manchester.


Katie travels extensively with her family, with a keen interest in interiors and design.


Faye Robinson

● 14+ years experience within the construction industry.

● Specialises in Lighting Design.

● Previously an Associate at TB+A (M&E consultancy)

● Member of the Society of Light + Lighting.

● MSc Light + Lighting: the Built Environment – UCL.


Faye enjoys all things creative and arts-based. Screen printing is her latest obsession. Faye attempts to go walking in the Peak District and to the gym as regularly as possible.


Daryl Jackson

● 9+ years experience in marketing and media production.

● First Class BA Hons Interactive Media.

● Marketing Campagin of the Year Award & Innovation Award (UK Feastival Awards)

● Young Business of The Year Award & Young Entrepreneur Award (Oldham Business Awards)

● Google Trusted Photographer


Daryl loves the outdoors, especially hiking, camping and attending festivals. His love for art, music and sleeping under the stars is the reason why he enjoys working with some of the UK’s most popular events.


“Here in Manchester, we have such a wealth of design talent but all too often it doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. We wanted to shout about the great resources our city has to offer. Learning about the latest innovations and building working relationships is key to the success of any project and Design Crawl provides the opportunity for this.“