Duncan Shotton Design Studio (etsy shop)

Bristol, United Kingdom
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Last updated on Jun 14, 2022

★ insta / twitter → @_dshott ★
Designing happiness into things.
★ dshott.co.uk
★ dshott.tumblr.com
★ twitter.com/_dshott
★ instagram.com/_dshott
★ vimeo.com/dshott


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About dshott

Sales 5,217
On Etsy since 2009

Designs on TV & behind glass

Duncan runs a small design studio in Bristol, England. All his products aim to be functional and of excellent quality, but most importantly, to bring a smile to people's faces.

Alongside a small range of 'studio originals', he creates signature products for other brands, and with the help of studio assistant Nozomi, they run a little online shop, and sell a few items on Etsy too.

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Duncan Shotton was born in Camden, London, but spent most of his remembered youth in a small, pretty town, near Bath (south west England), only to return to London in 2004 to join Brunel University.

Duncan spent the 3rd year of his course in industry, working for “j-me”, a small design studio, based then in Tottenham, North London. This was his first opportunity to take one of his ideas, “tape dispenser” (a sticky-tape dispenser in the form of a cassette tape) from concept, all the way through to production. Released in 2007, it quickly became the most successful product of the year and was awarded 'gift of the year 2008 - highly commended'. Since, it has been featured in Stuff magazine, the Guardian gift guide, and even on the set of TV soap Hollyoaks.

For his final year mechatronics project, Duncan produced a six-foot, mechanical clock named “Digimech”, that presented the time in 7-segment format, typical of digital displays. The numbers, printed in negative on vertical sliders, only make sense when shifted into perfect alignment with the main housing, which shows the current time.
The project allowed him to combine his creative thinking with knowledge of mechanics, electronics, programming and prototyping that he’d learnt at Brunel. Digimech received international press, has been watched more than 50, 000 times on YouTube and was exhibited behind glass at the 2008 Paris motor show on the MINI stand.

In 2008, Duncan graduated from Brunel with a first class honours in BA Industrial Design and Technology.
At the Made in Brunel final exhibition, Duncan met design director of Bristol-based design consultancy Kinneir Dufort, and was quickly snapped up as their newest recruit.
As a designer at “KD” for almost 4 years, Duncan worked on a huge variety of projects from the packaging of artificial knee implants, to golden mars-bars.
Most notably though, was the user-interface for the REVIVE concept smartphone, that used character to establish an emotional connection with users, in an effort to extend the life-span of consumer-electronics.

In 2011, Duncan joined 40 international young designers from around the globe at Designboom Mart, during Stockholm Furniture and Lighting fair, Sweden. There, he launched his first own-brand product, “Cloud Keyholder”. He hand-cast 150 of the wall-mounted clouds, that use hidden magnets underneath to store your keys like rain. After the limited edition 150 quickly sold out, he licensed the cloud design, which is now mass-manufactured.
Following the Mart, Duncan returned to the Made in Brunel show, to present his cloud project to an audience of students and visitors in “pecha kucha” style (20 slides, strictly 20 seconds each).

In July 2012, Duncan quit his stable job in Bristol and moved to Japan to establish his own design studio.

He joined Designboom Mart for a second time in October of the same year, during Tokyo Designers Week, launching a new product “Real Boy”...
The Pinocchio-inspired push pins were injection-molded (in white) in the UK, then hand painted to exquisite detail by Duncan in his Tokyo studio. Duncan only produced 1000 Limited Edition, individually numbered packs of two, which have now completely sold out.

Over the last few years, Duncan has designed signature products for a number of Japanese brands. Products such as UFO Soap Pump, Colour O'Clock, SHOEperhero and plate-plate.

In 2012, after 2 years of development with a specialist manufacturer in Korea, Duncan launched Rainbow Pencils on Kickstarter. The project was a huge success, raising nearly £50k in 30 days. The product range started with the 'super' 5-packs, in Black or White, then a year later, a 'basic' 3-pack joined the family. The project continues to bring happiness to rainbow and stationary lovers alike, and has been described on Fast Company as "A Masterclass In Interaction Design".

In 2013, Duncan launched his second line of "studio originals", Sticky Page Markers on Kickstarter. These were also a massive success and joined the shop as a permanent fixture in early 2014.

In 2018, Duncan & Nozomi relocated to the UK.

The studio sells Duncan's designs at design markets and through the website, and now on etsy too!

Shop members

  • Duncan Shotton

    Owner, Designer, BOY

    Born in Camden, London. Studied Industrial design & Technology at Brunel University, London. Established design studio in Tokyo in 2012, then re-located to the UK (near Bath) in 2018. Likes teabag steam.

  • Nozomi Kawakami Shotton

    Assistant, Photographer, GIRL

    Born in Tokyo, Japan. http://nozynoz.etsy.com

Production partners

  • EYL

    Tokyo, Japan

    Onigiri Coin Case's are designed and produced in in collaboration with Ikemoto “Ike-san” Susumu, the Tokyo-based designer-maker behind the triange coin purse brand E.Y.L (Enjoy Your Life). We became friends whilst exhibiting alongside each other at the 2014 designboom mart, during Tokyo Design Week

  • Qizhi

    Tainan City, Taiwan

    Our concrete artisan friends

Shop policies

Last updated on May 10, 2022
The dshott etsy shop sells only items designed by Duncan Shotton and shipped directly from our tiny design studio. It's the only way to buy 'direct from the designer' - your support is greatly appreciated.

If you have any specific questions, please get in touch via etsy message or the contact form here : http://dshott.co.uk/contact

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Visa Mastercard American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
Returns and exchange details
A lot of care, love and hard work goes into designing, (sometimes making), packing and shipping all items, to make sure they get to you in perfect condition. In the unlikely case your items arrive damaged, please get in touch via email/etsy message. Once returned, damaged items can get refunded or exchanged within seven days.

Digital download items are available for download immediately after purchase via your etsy purchases page. Digital download items are non-refundable.
Paypal and credit card payment is excepted, as per etsy's shopping cart system.

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⭐︎ International shipping OK ⭐︎

⭐︎ Orders normally sent next day ⭐︎
∙ 1-3 days to reach UK
∙ 3-5 days to reach Europe
∙ 5-7 days to reach the rest of the world


Digital download items are available for download immediately after purchase via your etsy purchases page. Digital download items are non-refundable.

For physical items :

Postage and packaging is calculated before payment confirmation.

All physical items are sent by Royal Mail or DPD Courier from the UK. There are 3 types :

。Standard Delivery - (Untracked & Uninsured)
。Recorded Delivery - (Tracked & Insured)
。Courier Delivery - (Tracked, Insured & Fastest)

Standard delivery is the cheapest option but is untracked and uninsured. No responsibility can be taken for items posted with standard delivery that are subsequently lost in transit (although this hardly ever happens! ^_^). Customers who require added piece-of-mind are recommended to upgrade to Recorded or Courier delivery options (available at checkout).

If you use Recorded/Courier service, your order will be updated with a tracking link as soon as it's sent, and you'll be notified by email.

All items are packed safely and securely and shipped within five working days of receipt of payment. (but normally same/next day!). Please ensure somebody trustworthy is present at the delivery address to take receipt and sign for all items purchased if necessary.

Please get in contact if you have any specific shipping requests.


In most cases, you will not have to pay any customs charges. However, depending on the law in the country of delivery, products purchased may be subject to tax or import duty.

The shop is not responsible for paying any such tax or import duty and is unable to define or pre-collect any such taxes or duties. If you are unsure or have questions about tax/import duty, please contact the appropriate local customs office before placing an order.

Payment of duties & taxes must be made prior to, or on receipt of goods. Delayed response may incur further charges, so it's advised you pay as soon as possible.