'READesign' was commissioned by 'Inspire' Northumberland in collaboration with curator Charlie Arnold and the Keelrow Bookshop, North Shields. The exhibition was housed and transported in a van which was toured to eight locations in Northumberland following the principle of a mobile library.

Designers Fiona Thomson (ceramics) and Michael Armstrong (Furniture) along with artist Ellen Bell (known for making paper garments) designed and made 'white' objects according to their own styles of practise. A fourth artist, Lindsay Duncanson, specializing in video, created film projections containing images and text from antiquarian books selected by the specific artists as inspirational, and projected them directly onto the objects they had made.

The idea behind the installation was to visually express the importance of history and 'the book' specifically in influencing the work of contemporary designers and artists today.