In recognition of the outstanding work on show, a series of prestigious industry awards are presented on the Wednesday Preview Evening of both Parts 1 & 2. The evening forms an integral part of New Designers, celebrating the young design on display as well as highlighting particular disciplines and trends to look out for throughout the show. It attracts press and visitors alike, offering both the chance to preview the most exciting new design of the year.
The Awards Preview Evenings 2017 were supported by Peroni Nastro Azzurro.
2017 Show Openers
Part 1: Keith Brymer-Jones
We were very excited to welcome Keith Brymer Jones to open Part 1 of the show on Wed 28 June. A renowned British ceramicist and judge on BBC2’s The Great Pottery Throw Down, Keith has over thirty years’ experience behind the potter’s wheel. Now famous for his Word Range – beautifully crafted white porcelain items featuring colourful, hand-stamped words.
‘Design is an essential part of life … knowingly or not, everyone interacts with it every day! Great design should be aesthetic, practical and even generate an emotional response. New Designers celebrates the talented people who can make these three fundamentals happen so I am humbled and proud to open the event and present the awards.’ Keith Brymer Jones
Part 2: Corinna Gardner
Corinna Gardner, Acting Keeper of the Design, Architecture and Digital Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum, opened Part 2 of the show on Wed 05 July. Corinna leads the collecting and exhibition programme for contemporary design and holds responsibility for the museum’s Rapid Response Collecting activities.
‘I am delighted to be a part of New Designers show and awards programme. Both are a fantastic opportunity to explore an amazing array of new design talent and to uncover future design superstars who will influence the way we think about design and the designed world.’ Corinna Gardner