Welcome to Part Two of my report on this year’s New Designers event. In my last post I highlighted the fresh-faced graduates whose work had grabbed my attention, so now it’s time to look at the not-so-fresh-faced graduates who have been promoting their designs and new business ventures for at least a year.
One Year On
This area is dedicated to graduates who have been plugging away at getting their designs, talent and new businesses noticed by the industry at large. As you can imagine, these designs and products are very well developed and for most of them, it is only a matter of time before they “hit the big time”.
Familiar face James Uren, winner of the Furniture Design prize at Interiors UK 2012, was here with his modular Chaise Longue, the Luso Lounger. Alongside his prototype was a new purple upholstered version, demonstrating the variety of colours and timber types that it can be made with. James is now approaching retailers and The Design Hub predicts we’ll be seeing more of the Luso very soon.
Another award winning designer previously mentioned here at the Hub is Louise Tiler. Her intricate hand-drawn and hand-painted designs are inspired by vintage patterns and historical textile design. Her product range has expanded to include greeting cards, art prints, lampshades, cushions and, exclusively launched at the show, her new wallpaper range.
Louise’s unique style is fantastic and considering how certain trends are developing this year, I expect demand for her products will go through the roof at some point soon; so get in there before everyone else does! She is also looking for stockists.
Another impressive wallpaper collection launched at New Designers is from designer Rachel Powel. Inspired by mid century design and the Great British countryside, her designs create a perfect balance between the style and personality of retro print and the simplistic nature of rural living. Rachel also produces sustainable etched veneer retro lamps and tea towels that are well worth a look.
Kristel Erga of Erga design produces three dimensional wall treatments reuseing waste material from the fashion and textile industry. The Zero-Waste Land collection is a magnetic modular wall decoration which brings the exterior into the interior by using nature as inspiration. The hand-made, hand-painted products can be customised to any colour, size and overall design.
Marisa Sanvito is a textile and knit designer who hand knits beautiful cushions, vases, art and anything else a commission may ask of her. One such request was to make sound proof knitted panels for a client’s private cinema. She believes in her craft and is not interested in mass manufacturing her items, so each one is incredibly labour intensive, but the finished items are worth the effort and the price tag.
Felicity Dessewffy exhibited her Taper furniture collection. Comfortable to use, they have an elegant sculptural quality, which at first made me wonder just what they were.
Felicity’s Sliding collection introduced a modular drawer and shelving system that can adapt to suit changing storage requirements. The units are designed to be free standing or wall hung. The Sliding collection also includes desks, bedside tables and credenzas.
For fresh ideas New Designers really is the show to go to. I’ve only had time to cover a small fraction of the amazing talent at the show, but there are only so many hours in a day!
Were you at New Designers 2012? What stood out for you? Leave a comment!