In June, Islington’s Business Design Centre will welcome over 3000 of the country’s most creative and fresh thinking graduates to exhibit their work. Since it began 29 years ago, New Designers has launched over 100,000 students into the professional world and has arguably become one of the most important design events for emerging design in the UK – ensuring that the life cycle of the UK design industry continues to thrive.
Taking place over two weeks, the exhibition is divided into two parts covering a host of creative disciplines. Part 1 – from 25-28th June – features Textiles, Fashion & Accessories, Contemporary Applied Arts (including Ceramics & Glass) and Jewellery & Precious Metalwork.
Part 2 – from the 2nd-5th July – encompasses Furniture & Product Design (including Spatial & Industrial Design), Visual Communications (including Graphic Design & Illustration) and Motion Arts & Theatre Design.
Running across both parts, One Year On is always a highly anticipated element of New Designers. Sixty of the brightest new names in the design world – selected on the strength of their entrepreneurial flair and the exceptional quality of their work – will mark the impact they have made after just one year in business in a curated exhibition.
New Designers has worked with many curators over the years including the Crafts Council, Max Fraser, Thorsten van Elten and more recently Jethro Macey. This year New Designers is delighted to announce Gemma Fabbri as new curator for One Year On 2014.
Gemma, who is founder of London design studio Scene and co-founder of FAO-shop.com, comments: “This year’s show is made up of a rich and eclectic mix of highly skilled craft, alongside contemporary design. Emerging themes include a reappropriation of traditional techniques to create new and unexpected pieces, while colour inspiration has taken on natural tones often with an injection of a bold hue.
“This is my first year curating One Year On, which has always been a really important part of New Designers. I’m extremely excited about the line-up of designers that we have selected - the level of the work is high, and its shaping up to be a really inspiring show.”