New Designers 2017

65 emerging designers reveal trends for the year ahead

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More than 60 of the design world’s rising stars have been selected to showcase their work in One Year On at New Designers 2016, the UK’s leading exhibition for emerging design, from 29 June – 2 July and 6-9 July.

One Year On is a destination feature within New Designers that presents young, entrepreneurial designers in their first year of business. It runs across both Parts of the show and covers all disciplines, from textiles, jewellery and ceramics to furniture, illustration and innovative products.

The designers are selected by an independent panel of experts from across the industry, and are chosen on the strength of their work, flair and quality of product. They exhibit original, contemporary and innovative products that are tipped to be the iconic designs of the future. All exhibited work is available to purchase or commission, so visitors to One Year On can 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 2016. She comments:

“My experience of working with such talented new designers last year was invigorating, so to be able to do it again is an honour. 2016 sees a brilliant new crop of designers with fresh ideas, accomplished using new technologies and traditional craftsmanship.

“I was struck by how many of the exhibitors are creating works that are so demanding in time and skill. We have embroideries that are intensely intricate and ceramics that are built up with paper thin layers of clay that demand such immense concentration and talent.

“We also have a number of designers that are concerned with issues of waste and have created businesses developed on Zero Waste theories. From knitwear to homeware and furniture, these designers are taking responsibility for their material usage.

“This show really is a must-see for the sheer array of fantastic work, but also to hope that a morsel of the enthusiasm and excitement of these designers may rub off on us.”

Highlights from One Year On 2016 include:

  • Jack Lennie, BDC New Designer of the Year 2015, whose revolutionary downloadable, no weld motorcycle kit, Tinker, breathes a new lease of life into old engines. The kit reduces vehicle waste and makes sustainability more accessible
  • Working together as Forest-and-Found, Abigail Booth and Max Bainbridge apply their shared love of making to turn foraged materials into beautiful homeware that creates a direct relationship with the natural world
  • Charles Dedman updates traditional cabinet making techniques for a contemporary market, in a range of furniture that incorporates turning and steam bending. He will be launching new additions to his stylish Turner range at New Designers 2016
  • Thomas Pullin’s illustrations tackle complex ideas and simplify them into a contemporary, fun visual language. His iillustrations have been used by The Guardian, The New Yorker and Vice
  • Jacky Puzey’s unique artisan approach to digital embroidery enables her to create vivid patterns through a rich palette of colour and unique material combinations. She recently won the prestigious Hand and Lock Prize for Embroidery 2015
  • Emma Rule, one of New Ashgate Gallery’s Rising Stars for 2016, whose organic and tactile silverware, jewellery and lighting reflect the lines and rhythms found in the natural world
  • Sculptor Beatrice Wall uses copper, silver and enamel to create unique decorative insects. Beatrice won the New Designers Craft&Design Associate Prize 2015
  • SEIN by Dan Vo, a high-end sustainable menswear range which uses zero waste pattern cutting and seamless knitting technology to create refined garments that will appeal to a wide consumer audience
  • Olivia Walker transforms thrown forms by meticulously building paper-thin shards of porcelain over their surface, making natural accretions and flowing organic forms