New Designers: Part One..

We recently visited the Business Design Centre in Highbury and Islington to see part one of The New Designers exhibition and we were really impressed by what we saw, this year felt really fresh and exciting. Here are some of our top spots..

We loved this melted plastic bowl by Samon Yechi an African inspired artist. All the products are made by hand incorporating a large range of art and textile disciplines.

These geometric printed designs stood out for us, designed by Anna Petrie a Textile and Surface Designer who is about to graduate from the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee. Her designs are drawn from the geometric shapes found in the urban environment.

This ‘Unearthed’ collection was launched by Sevak Argarian for New Designers. The surface pattern is made up of small pieces of coloured porcelain that are dispersed throughout the body of the objects. They are then sanded and finished to make a tactile surface. Resembling a tube floor in a very good way, we are smitten.

The bright, bold and eccentric work of Esme Fenton really caught our eye. Esme is currently studying Textile Design at Central St Martins.

Amy Pegler is another Textile Designer who grabbed us, Amy specialises in silk screen printing we loved the geometric layering that she creates within her work.

The understated simplicity and muted colours of Isatu Hyde‘s work was a pleasure to behold. Isatu centres her work around functional, domestic objects being very interested in ‘pleasure in use’.

A complete contrast to the previous designer we loved the work of Elly Maddock, the playfulness and humour in her designs makes for really engaging work.

The flat topped shapes created by Theo Adamson particularly appealed to us. The variations of markings on his work are an abstraction of African tribal body painting. Through the work Theo explores how your cultural heritage informs and transforms the person you become.

The delicate forms and details that Surface Designer Katie Thomas managed to achieve in concrete we found truly remarkable. You just want to reach out and touch it.

It was great to catch up with Taz Pollard, a ceramic designer and sculptor who we already have the pleasure of working with. We are completely in love with these neon dipped pop bottle bowls.

Did you go to New Designers? Whose work stood out for you?

We shall be popping in to see part two soon, watch this space..





Meet Marie from Silk & Burg…

Marie Pedersen is the designer and maker behind Silk & Burg and the creator of our brand new screen printed cushions, handmade in East London. A Dane who grew up in Luxembourg and now lives London she is a very talented designer and a thoroughly lovely lady. We thought it would be a great idea to find out a bit more about the creator of our brand new and already much complimented cushions….

1. Where is your hometown and where are you based now?

I was born in Copenhagen, but moved to England with my family when I was 11. We lived in Luxembourg when I was 14 and then went to London to study at St Martins when I was 18. I also spent a year in Berlin in 2008, but I’m definitely staying in Hackney for a while now. I would call both London and Luxembourg my hometowns.


2. Describe your range/ collection in three words

Cultural, natural and nostalgic.


3.   Briefly describe your design process

It’s often very long. I’ll have an idea brewing in my mind for a good while before I actually make anything. I’ll talk to my friends and family about it, get their opinions and input and then I’ll start sketching, lots of sketches, which I then finalise on the computer. I’ll then look into the materials I need, and often researching and speaking to suppliers, will influence the design a lot. Once I have a print or pattern I’m happy with and all the materials to hand, I’ll move over to the screen-printing studio to mix and test colours, prepare the screens and start printing the final product.


4.  What is your biggest source of inspiration?

Heritage and culture. I think moving around a lot has made me really interested in everything that makes us feel connected to each other, to products, to history and to a country. I also did a masters in Social Psychology to be able to approach the subject from an academic as well as a creative leval.


5. What home ware item could you not do without?

My French coffee press. I love a cup of coffee in the morning.


6. What would surprise people about you?

I’m terrible at getting up in the morning!


7. What is your current obsession?

Colours. The brighter the better.


8.What is your favourite object at home?

The shelves my dad built for me.


9. What are you working on at the moment?

One of my next projects will be using my granddad’s photography either to create Screen Printed posters or something textile based.


10. What is on your bedside table?

A Tivoli clock radio and ‘The Sorrows of an American’ by Siri Hustvedt – and the bedside table was also built by my dad!


Thanks Marie, we  can’t wait to see what’s next…