Overview of New Designers 2014 – Part 1
Highlights from Part 1 of New Designers 2014 Exhibition
by Kostas Koutoupis
Entered 11 July 2014
Always eager to discover new talent and see where the design world is headed we visited the New Designers 2014 exhibition at the Business Design Centre. The glorious sun peeking through the Business Design Centre’s arch-shaped windows made the show even more spectacular for the large number of visitors enjoying original ideas, new talent and free drinks that disappeared in the blink of an eye.
The main area of the show was dominated by textiles, prints, fashion and home accessories. Bold colours, impressive patterns and brave attempts at re-imagining everyday items put this section in the spotlight. No colour was spared in the designers’ attempt to create stunning pieces. Fabrics bursting with colours paired together in harmony or juxtaposed in style was something we couldn’t help but notice and take pictures of.
We also liked some attempts of thinking outside the box: take for example these beautiful towels where different patterns clash in a few inches of fabric.
If, however, you’re a fan of a more subtle approach to design, we believe you’d find something in the home accessories section closer to your heart like these patterns of soft turquoise, pink and grey that decorated cushions, light-shades and drapes.
One Year On
The One Year On section featured some interesting ideas in decorative suggestions, jewellery and ceramic accessories. Laura Mathews’ designs stood out from the crowd with visitors queuing to point their smart phones at them. Her wooden animals and DIY mentality brought the child out in every one of us and if we could, we would ask from mum to buy us this beautiful Flying Pony that looks like it came out of a fairy tale.
For the grown-ups among us the jewellery section had some very interesting suggestions. Jewellery you can shape to will? Check! Courtesy of Mireia Rossell an impressive collection of rings, pendants and bracelets were given multiple shapes in the experienced hands of their designer. Definitely the most flexible jewellery we’ve seen in a long time.
Talking about glittering designs, we couldn’t possibly omit Sophie Elizabeth’s ‘Crowning Glory’, a striking tiara that had passers-by pausing, staring and…wishing they had one of their own.
Fine Art Quilt Masters
If you were curious enough and didn’t mind going up a few steps you would definitely be rewarded. The Fine Art Quilt Masters section featured some of this year’s prize finalists. We really enjoyed the work of Bonnie Smith, Karren Farmer and Lauren Shanley.
Overall New Designers 2014 was full of promising talent and astonishing design. We left feeling optimistic for the world of design. And there is still Part 2 to come next week.