New Designers celebrates 30 years 2015

Business Design Centre
Part 1: 24-27 June 2015, Part 2: 1 -4 July 2015
London N1

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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.


New Designers 2015

New Designers 2015

 Edward Penn

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.

New Designers 2015, Loughborough 3d Design, Edward Penn

New Designers 2015, Loughborough 3d Design, Edward Penn

Bicycle Ambulance

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.


Douglas Powell from Bournemouth University with his Ambulance Bicycle at New Designers 2015

Douglas Powell from Bournemouth University with his Ambulance Bicycle at New Designers 2015

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.

One Year On Part 1

One year On Part 2

Heather Scott

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.

Heather Scott at New Designers 2015 One year On

Heather Scott at New Designers 2015 One year On


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

View Part 1 Talks and Tours Programme

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

View Part 2 Talks and Tours Programme

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.

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New Designers 2014. Celebration

New Designers 2014. Celebration

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.

Awards Prizes

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Sir John Sorrell Presenting an Award during New Designers 2014

Sir John Sorrell Presenting an Award during New Designers 2014

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.

Those that exhibit go through a selection process, and are chosen on the strength of their work, flair and quality of product.
Hidden Art has participated in many New Designers with an information stand for those interested in receiving further support. From 2005 until 2009; In 2007 work from some of our members was exhibited at our stand and which included: Tamara Gomez, Suzanne Thornton, Susan Bradley and Michael Warren.
Hidden Art staff setting up at New Designers 2009

Hidden Art staff setting up at New Designers 2009

Hidden Art at New Designers 2009

Hidden Art at New Designers 2009

New Designers would like to hear from those that have been a part of their shows and ask you all to tell them what the show means to you and where you are now. #ND30Yrs


Hidden Art at New Designers 2006

Hidden Art at New Designers 2006


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