New Designers 2019 – The Ones to Watch

Written by Justine Jackson

25 June 2019

Design students across the UK are currently gearing up for graduate design show New Designers 2019. Showcasing the work of 3,000 graduates, the show is split into two parts. Part 1 focuses on fashion, textiles, jewellery and craft while Part 2 is directed towards product design, exhibiting furniture, graphic and motion design. With some of the biggest companies due to attend, New Designers puts graduate talent in the spotlight, providing a stepping stone to potentially join worldwide brands and retailers.

Here’s our preview of the designers we are looking forward to seeing at this year’s show which kicks off on the 26thJune at the Business Design Centre London.

Sara Preston – Rejuvenating Design for Everyday Life

Visualisations by Sara Preston

Sara Preston is a multidisciplinary designer and maker from Durham and a graduate from the Glasgow School of Art.  Her carpet and rug collection showcases her love for colour and shape and informs a playful approach towards contemporary design, inspired by minimalist design movements and Bauhaus.

Tom Bryant – Digital Detoxing in the Home

Tom Bryant

Designed to challenge the normality of Millennials’ default smartphone use, Loughborough University graduate Tom Bryant has developed ‘Koko’ an eco-system to help users form new habits, positively influencing their digital behaviours to encourage a more balanced digital lifestyle. The table lamp can only be activated by the user’s detachment from their smartphone allowing people to appreciate what’s around them, whilst reducing their screen exposure, alleviating needless scrolling and facilitating digital downtime.

Rachel Clay – Organic and Interchangeable Forms

Rachel Clay

Stafford University 3D Design student Rachel Clay pushes the boundaries of traditional furniture and construction through her ‘Blobs’ collection. Inspired by organic designs, the free form shapes are completely interchangeable to suit the users’ need – whether it be for sitting, perching or even using as a table when stacked.

We will be attending Part 1 and Part 2 of New Designers, running 26th – 29th June and 3rd – 6th July 2019. Tickets for New Designers are available now.  Follow our Instagram feed as we track the best stands throughout the event and sign up to our Trend Updates for more show coverage.

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