Business Design Centre
Part 1: 24-27 June 2015, Part 2: 1 -4 July 2015
Celebrating its 30th edition, New Designers will once again bring you face to face with over 3,000 of this year’s most talented design graduates from the UK’s leading art and design courses.
Commission, recruit, get inspired and buy directly from the future of British design before it hits the high street. Visit Part 1 for textiles, jewellery, ceramics and more and Part 2 for furniture and product design, illustration and motion arts.
Edward Penn exhibited a lightshade as well as bowls at the Loughborough 3d Design Stand. It is made from translucent ceramic, Bone china, the material originally developed in the late 1600’s to contend with the porcelain imported to Europe from China.
Collaborating with TransAid, a UK Based Charity, Douglas Powell from Bournemouth University designed the Bicycle Ambulance. This was a project to set out to improve and develop a product solution to address the problem of accessibility to health care services for rural communities.
The aim is to build the ambulance trailer in the country of intended use, using readily available materials and components. What is provided is a detailed construction manual that guides the builders through the fabrication process. Specifically designed for rural areas in sub Saharan Africa, it will be piloted through Transaid.
One Year On
One Year On, a curated section within New Designers, presents a selected group of sixty emerging designers with an outstanding collection of work. All are one year into their business and the works are available for sale and commission. This year’s One Year On is curated by Rheanna Lingham, owner and cofounder of Luna & Curious.
Heather Scott is based in Cornwall and exhibited in One Year On.
Her work produced in Cornwall, echoes the simple beauty of Japanese and Scandinavian design. It’s all in the detail. The craftsmanship. The honesty. And the functionality of products that make more of your everyday.
Offering invaluable advice and support to anyone in the creative sector, these daily talks include contributors such as John Lewis, Pentland, The Design Trust and the Knowledge Transfer Network. Free to attend with a valid admission ticket.
The programme includes:
The Design Trust Start Up Day
Thursday 26 June, 10.30 onwards
John Lewis: Our Jurneys
Friday 27 June, 1pm
Sky Creative: An Insight into Sky’s Multi-media Creative Force
Thursday 2 July 2.30pm
Arts Thread: Marketing Yourself Digitally
Satruday 28 June & 4 July, 3.30pm
Thursday Lates – Thurs 25 June & 02 July
New Designers stays open until 8pm for you to explore the best of emerging design talent whilst enjoying special events. Absolut will present a guest industry panel in Part 1, whilst the Knowledge Transfer Network will create a unique networking evening event in Part 2.
Awards Preview Evenings
Wed 24 June & 01 July
Purchase a Preview ticket or VIP pass and come and enjoy these prestigious open evenings. Supported by Absolut, both evenings host a series of industry sponsored Awards presented to the most exciting designers selected from the 2015 show.
History of New Designers
This year New Designers will celebrate 30 years of supporting young designers through offering a platform to art and design colleges to showcase the work of their graduates.
In 1985, Peta Levi MBE presented ‘Young Designers’ at the RIBA. It represented emerging design talent and showcased some 150 individual designers.
In1988 the Business Design Centre (set up in 1986) invited ‘Young Designers’ to combine forces with ‘Graduate Designers for Industry’ and The New Designers exhibition opened at the Business Design Centre as a national showcase of the best young designers graduating from design courses throughout the UK. In its expanded format, it embraced a multitude of design disciplines ranging from industrial products, lighting and furniture to contemporary applied arts, jewellery and fashion textiles.
Until the early 1990s Peta Levi was commissioned by the Business Design Centre, to take the exhibition forward and to enhance the growing reputation of young British design talent at New Designers to an increasing audience of professional and public visitors. From this time Upper Street Events has been evolving and developing New Designers. This dedicated team has grown New Designers’ reputation, attracting sponsorship and support from the creative industries and commerce, also attracting widespread media interest in emerging design talent.
Later One Year On was introduced which presents young, entrepreneurial designers who are in their first year of business and which runs across both weeks of the show and covers all disciplines.