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..