INTRODUCING OUR HOSTS FOR 2022
We are extremely lucky to have two incredible design experts opening each week of New Designers 2022 and hosting our awards ceremony. Discover more about them below.
London based, luxury jewellery designer Stephen Webster is internationally renowned for his fearless design, traditional craftsmanship, cutting-edge processes, and commitment to using ethically sourced materials. Taking influence from art, fashion, music, literature, and the natural world, Stephen’s unique approach has assured the brand industry-wide recognition.
Founded on 40 vibrant years of impeccable craftsmanship and a passion for traditional British skills, Webster’s work has been built on a foundation of technical excellence, perfecting his craft at the workbench in London’s Hatton Garden where he first began his apprenticeship at the age of 16.
Rebellious yet ethical, the brand genuinely stands for something good using materials that are always thoughtfully and responsibly sourced.
With over 100 points of sale worldwide, including the Stephen Webster flagship Mount Street salon, the brand continues to thrive under its Founder and Creative Director, Stephen Webster, and the introduction of the next generation, Stephen’s daughter, Amy Webster.
DR TRISTRAM HUNT
Dr Tristram Hunt is the Director of the V&A – the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance. Since taking up the post in 2017, Dr Hunt has championed design education in UK schools, encouraged debate around the history of the museum’s global collections and overseen the transition to a multi-site museum, with the opening of V&A Dundee, the redesign of the Museum of Childhood, and the development of a new museum and open access collections centre in Stratford, East London.
Prior to joining the V&A, Dr Hunt was Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent Central and Shadow Secretary of State for Education. He has a doctorate in Victorian history from Cambridge University, has worked as a Senior Lecturer in History at Queen Mary University of London, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
In addition to numerous radio and TV programmes for the BBC and Channel 4, he is the author of several books, including Ten Cities That Made an Empire (2014), The Lives of the Objects (2019) telling the story of the V&A collection, and, most recently, The Radical Potter: Josiah Wedgwood and the Transformation of Britain (2021).