Celebrating the excellence of craft and design education in the UK and beyond, New Designers offers a forecast of some of the best innovation across the creative industries. Renowned for kick-starting careers, it provides a pipeline of young talent into UK businesses while serving up exciting and original new work for the design savvy public to snap up.
New Designers 2017 will again welcome over 3,000 of this year’s most creative and innovative design graduates from across the nation. They will exhibit alongside over 75 emerging designers in their first year of business, selected for the entrepreneurial showcase One Year On.
The show is split into two parts, covering a range of separate design disciplines in each one. Part 1 (28 June – 1 July) covers textiles and fashion, ceramics and jewellery, whilst Part 2 (5-6 July) includes furniture, product design and graphic design among others.
On the Wednesday night of each part (28 June and 5 July), prestigious New Designers Awards are presented to the most innovative graduates in partnership with leading brands and organisations. These Awards recognise the design world’s rising stars, offering winners and runners-up vital support as they embark on professional careers. They often lead to work with some of the most exciting design led businesses in the world.
For 2017 New Designers, welcomes back jewellery designer and photographer Rheanna Lingham as curator of its One Year On showcase. Lingham is co-founder of Shoreditch- based boutique Luna and Curious, which highlights what she and her co- founders consider the core principles of making: honouring great craftsmanship; insightful design; and endeavouring to support British manufacture.
This year’s One Year On exhibition – a third bigger than previous years – includes kinetic jewellery, illustrations which draw inspiration from vintage matchbox artwork, furniture made from distinctive 5,000 year-old bog oak and a brutalist-inspired ceramic tea set.
Amongst homeware, graphics, furniture, textiles, ceramics, jewellery and illustrations, in One Year On design-hunters can discover original ideas, bold contemporary styles and product innovation. 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. Lingham said: “2017 is a very exciting year for One Year On at New Designers as we have expanded 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.
“This show is a must see for the brilliant selection of exciting work. In changing times it is heartening to see so many brave designers and makers establishing their own businesses.” Tickets to New Designers 2017 are now on sale to both public and trade visitors from the New Designers website.
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