For emerging designers, creative professionals and curious design enthusiasts alike, One Year In is an essential part of New Designers 2019.
The flagship showcase is carefully curated by designer, maker and founder of Evan James Design, Emily Skinner. It features and celebrates the work of the nation’s most creative, innovative and experimental new design talent. Exhibitors come from every corner of design creativity, from furniture and jewellery designers through to product designers and illustrators, presenting work from their recently-launched design businesses.
This year’s One Year In lineup responds to some of the most critical challenges of our time, with creatives addressing everything from climate change to social care. It’s a diverse and dynamic schedule that spans the entire two-week New Designers show. Here are some of the highlights you can look forward to this year:
Coffee granules to coffee tables: Sustainability at its best
Product designer Atticus Durnell is diverting waste from landfill, creating furniture and homeware from used coffee granules in his collection That’s Caffeine. This sustainability theme is echoed in Alysa Freeman’s compressed newspaper jewellery collection, while product designer Adam Davies showcases bio-materials such as mycelium and algae in his lighting collection. Matt Canham addresses social concerns with his collection of in-home health monitoring devices, hplus, taking inspiration from the domestic environment as he challenges the perception of conventional healthcare products.
Craftsmanship and tradition in a modern era
One Year In 2019 also features a celebration of traditional craftsmanship. Helena Russell displays traditional silversmithing techniques and patination in her silver and base-metal containers, while Dovedale Design uses time-honoured sand-smelting techniques to produce Japanese-inspired Damascus steel knives. Furniture designer Mac Collins blends Caribbean inspiration with woodworking as Mitch Pilkington uses ancient ceramic coiling and slab-building traditions to produce ceramic objects and vessels.
Mentorship and support
One Year In exhibitors have the opportunity not only to meet with, show and sell their work directly to retailers and the general public, but they also participate in a mentorship programme designed to help get their new businesses ready for market. Curator Emily Skinner says this level of support is unprecedented in the industry:
“No other show provides the breadth of support that New Designers does through One Year In; it’s almost like a fast-track course in business start- up for designers working in any discipline.”
With such a diverse offering of design talent from every part of the industry, we’re expecting this year’s One Year In to generate significant interest from both the industry and consumers. Tackling contemporary challenges while celebrating beauty and craftsmanship, it’s a unique celebration of the future of design in an ever-evolving world.
One Year In: The details
One Year In runs across both weeks of New Designers, from June 26-29 to July 3-6, at London’s Business Design Centre. This year’s New Designers programme features 3,000 designers, makers and creators, providing a launchpad for fresh design talent and a hub of ideas and insight.
Whether you’re an aspiring young designer, a buyer, retailer or recruiter, or simply want to keep your finger on the pulse of the new wave of design talent, One Year In promises to be an invigorating and inspirational design event. Find out more about visiting us and buy your tickets here.