Design Innovation

New Designers returns with its largest edition to date and is set to feature exciting design talent in its main exhibitor and One Year On programmes. Part One of New Designers launches the programme on 28 June and will be followed by Part Two from 5 to 8 July at the Business Design Centre, Islington. One Year On is a greatly anticipated showcase of emerging creatives in their first year of business. Chosen on the strength of their craft, design flair and quality of product, these 80 talented individuals have been selected by a panel of experts from across the design industry, and are tipped to be the iconic designers of the future.

Now in its 32nd edition, New Designers welcomes over 3,000 of the UK’s top innovative design graduates. One Year On features alongside the main show, with Part One comprising fashion, textiles, ceramics, jewellery, precious metalwork and interior products, and Part Two showcasing the best in furniture, lighting, spatial design and illustration. This year’s One Year On exhibition includes kinetic jewellery, vintage-inspired illustrations, furniture made from 5,000 year-old bog oak and a brutalist inspired ceramic tea set. The exhibition also reveals the latest trends around ecology and sustainability, new technology such as 3D printing and the contemporary revival of traditional craft techniques such as metal planishing,

All exhibited work is available to purchase or commission, enabling visitors to One Year On to buy directly from designers at the show. Designer Rheanna Lingham, owner and founder of Shoreditch store Luna & Curious, returns as curator for One Year On 2017. She comments: “2017 is a very exciting year for One Year On at New Designers as we expand our space and have more participants than ever. This year will be noted for its bold colour and graphics and insurgence of furniture makers, new ideas for today but rooted in traditional techniques. It is always a pleasure to work with such vibrant and determined designers as they begin their journey within creative business.”

Highlights from One Year On 2017 include: HAME by Lewis Macleod which pairs traditional handicraft with modern manufacturing technologies to create contemporary furniture and homeware; AlmaBorealis by Maija Nygren, a collection of fun, bright knitted garments for children that celebrate versatile, tactile and textural elements to provoke curiosity; Carmen Machado, an award winning textile designer who specialises in creating woven textiles for outdoor seating made from discarded fishing gear; Bethany Stafford who produces collections of highly polished, architectural slip casted forms using stained porcelain which reflect the simplistic and raw qualities of Brutalism; and Rob Anderson, winner of the Business Design Centre New Designer of the Year 2016, who creates steel bowls and jugs using traditional silversmithing techniques.

New Designers Part 1 (28 June-1 July) and Part 2 (6–8 July), Business Design Centre, Islington, London, N1.

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1.George Riding Studio, Salt and Pepper Grinders, 2017.