New Designers returns for 2017

There is nothing more invigorating for creative practice than an influx of fresh creative ideas, and no better place to find this than New Designers, the UK’s top exhibition for graduate design.

Featuring over 3000 of the year’s best graduates, there is no shortage of youthful energy and inspiration at the show – making it a fantastic place to recruit new talent and be inspired. If you’re looking to work with and commission new makers and designers for interiors, the go-to feature is One Year On – a showcase of the most exciting designers in their first year of business. This year’s One Year On is bigger than ever, with 80 across both parts of the show. Having only recently launched their studios, these designs are unlikely to be seen anywhere else. Selected by a panel of industry experts, and curated by Rheanna Lingham, Owner and Founder of Luna & Curious, quality is guaranteed.

Innovative wall decorations are a particular feature of this year’s selection, from Anita Carnell Studio’s large-scale black leather and hand-stitched gold features, and Cisca Jane’s crystalline-glazed ceramics to Laura Marriot’s beautifully embroidered, travel-inspired sculptural art. There is also an abundance of traditional materials and techniques repurposed for modern interiors, such as Brook Studio’s handmade furniture utilising 5000-year-old bog oak, Winter and Kurth’s seamless graphite marquetry and Beamish Blacksmithing’s hand-forged metal floor lamps.

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Space-saving ideas are a big trend, exemplified by Addax Design’s award-winning modular sofas and Studio Perki’s ingenious, elegant fold-flat wooden furniture range, which requires neither screws nor tools to assemble. Industrial and Brutalist aesthetics are also popular, from New Designer of the Year 2016 Rob Anderson’s metal and ceramic vessels and HAME’s concrete coffee table to Bethany Stafford’s architecturally-inspired, poseable ceramic objects.

Bold colours are prolific, whether in Chloe and Annie’s vibrant, screen-printed illustration wall hangings, Alice Heaton’s exuberant ‘Life Within’ range, which uses colourful hot glass techniques to capture the dynamic movement of sub-aqua currents, or Carmen Machado’s outdoor deckchairs, which upcycle colourful rope fishing nets. Textile and soft furnishing highlights also include Esther Van Schuylenbergh’s collection of woven upholstery, curtain and wall-covering fabrics, Theo Riviere’s simply tessellated patterns, recently featured on Made.com, and Abby Costello’s bright, refreshing and sophisticated abstract designs.

For further inspiration delve into the main show, which this year features new interiors exhibitors from Coventry University, Southampton Solent University, Ravensbourne and the University of Lincoln, in addition to regular highlights Nottingham Trent, Leeds College of Art and The Glasgow School of Art.

On the Wednesday preview of each part of the show, don’t miss the prestigious New Designers Awards, presented in partnership with leading brands such as Harlequin, John Lewis, Kingfisher and Virgin Atlantic. New sponsors this year include Sainsbury’s Home, Joseph Joseph and Zizzi, which has a long history of commissioning designers from the show to decorate its restaurants across the UK. New Designers takes place at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London, from 28th June to 1st July (part one) and 5 to 8th July (part two).

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