A delayed entry on the New Designers 2015, the annual design graduation show that took place on 6th-9th July at the Islington Business centre. As usual, it was a fantastic opportunity to spot new talents and meet them in person. Here are just some of the highlights from the Part 2 of the show, which focused on graphic design, illustration, product and industrial design, furniture, spatial design, animation and digital arts.
Top left: Anam Henna Rashid; Top right: Mu Hau Kao’s ‘Ply Stool’; 2nd row: Jacob Underwood; 3rd left: A talk by the furniture designer at John Lewis; 3rd right: Xiang Yin‘s Hill sofa; Bottom left: Melanie Egert; Bottom middle: ‘Twenty-OneSixty’ by Robert Pygott; Bottom right: Fiero stacking char
Mu Hau Kao‘s ‘Ply Stool’ project won him the 100% design award at the show. His nature-inspired and minimal stool conveys the motto: “Less is more”. The stool is made of one sheet of wood and the process was revealed at his stand, where visitors could learn more about the concept and production method.
Jacob Underwood is another award winner, his Fiero Stacking Chair won the the BCFA award for its contemporary interpretation of traditional ercol values. The chair is simple and refined in the way that it stacks. More chairs can be stacked because of the lack of under frame, thus leaving less void between each chair. It is the subtle details that makes this chair stand out.
Due to my passion for Islamic geometric design, I was thrilled to see Anam Henna Rashid‘s personalised geometric furniture range. Customers can choose from six geometric patterns, colour combinations, wood type and fabric to create something unique to suit their tastes.
Top left: Gareth Renninson’s Candela; Top right: Jaw.M Design; Bottom left: Manon Mcevoy’s Shell lamp; Bottom middle: Dominik Williams’ cardboard Helix lamp; Bottom right: Saki Yokota’s mobile lighting mimics movements of the sun
Contemporary lighting plays a vital role in the design and consumer market these days, the industry has come a long way in the past few decades.
At the show, Gareth Renninson‘s ‘Candela’ won the Foundry Associate Prize for his periscope-like lighting design. Crafted from copper and aluminium, it is finished with a clean and uniform matte black coat. The rechargeable lamp flickers like a real candle, and it encourages human interaction with the product. A simple wave of the hand in front will ‘ignite the flame’, and it can be turned off by covering the flame with the hand.
I was captivated by Manon Mcevoy‘s striking Shell lamp when I saw it at the show. Shell light is a dual-purpose product. The shade has been designed to allow control over the illumination of the light, so it can be used as a reading lamp when opened or as a mood lamp when closed.
Dominik Williams’ Helix Lamp is another unusual lamp that caught my eye. Made of 100 sheets of laser-cut corrugated cardboard which revolves around an acrylic LED tube, the lamp looks more like a sculpture. The designer aims to change consumers’ perceptions about the suitability and finish of materials for homeware products.
Product & industrial designs
Top left: Jordan Braybrook and his Orloc; Henry Buckley’s Mono; Top right: 2nd row: Henri Holz‘s Visualising Statistics; Bottom left: Allure Lincoln‘s products for home
We as shoppers seldom pay attention to issues like supermarket trolley theft, but apparently, this is a serious issue that all major supermarkets have to deal with these days. I spoke to Jordan Braybrook who has created a new safety mechanism Orloc that tackles this issue. It will be cool to see this device in the market one day.
Virgin Atlantic award winner Henry Buckley has created a multi-domestic appliance called ‘Mono’, which aims to reduce the production of 54 million tons of electronic waste annually. It is a universal power module that incorporates a motor, electronic circuitry and a battery pack, it displays vast versatility in that it works for a range of household appliances. Safe and reliable, the motor powered base works for three common appliances such as an air purifier, vacuum cleaner and dust pan.
Ceramics & glassware
Top: ‘Kruustkruut; Gruenkohl’ by Katia Sophie Goetsch; 2nd row: Rachel Chan’s Sculptural vessels made of unwanted socks and Jesmonite; 3rd row: ‘Anatomie’ by Joe Ward; Bottom row: ‘Ashes to ashes’ by Jack Wigzell
I met Rachel Chan, the 3D design graduate who has created some wonderful sculptural vessels from unwanted socks and Jesmonite. Who would have thought that unwanted socks can be turned into art? I love the fact that all vessels have different patterns, shapes and colours on them, so delightful!
I also found Joe Ward ‘s ‘Anatomie’ range absolutely stunning. Inspired by Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, the crystal glass is hand blown with the assistance of award-winning glassblower Ingrid Pears MBE, and sits on natural stones found on the coast of Lake Windermere. ‘Anatomie’ is a celebration of the myriad of forms found naturally in the wilderness, with the natural stone representing the inter-dependence of nature.
Jack Wigzell‘s ‘Ashes to ashes’ is an intriguing concept that incorporates cremated ashes into glass. The final glassware will then be distributed to family and friends, where they can get together to remember or celebrate the life of the deceased. The set also comes with a plinth, so that it can be turned into a memorial display. I think this is a great idea that gives a new meaning or scope to the term ‘personalisation’.
Illustrations and graphics
Top: Sam Norden; 2nd row: Holly Martin; 3rd row: 4th row left: Catherine Cooksley; 4th row right: Alex McGinn; Bottom: James Rae