What We’re Looking Forward to at New Designers 2016


Written by trendbible

14 June 2016

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Design students across the UK are currently gearing up for the 31st edition of Graduate Design Show, New Designers. Showcasing the work of 3,000 graduates, the show is split into two parts. Part 1 focuses on fashion, textiles, jewellery & craft and 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.

Trend Bible attend each year to see the freshest design talent. We recently featured a profile on Elinor McCue, a textile designer and stylist we’ve been working with since spotting her at New Designers last year. We also regularly feature the work of these upcoming designers in our trend publications.

Here we share a preview of what we’re looking forward to at this year’s show, which kicks off on the 29th July at the Business Design Centre London.

Katie Gillies: Surface Design 

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Influenced by Modernist architecture of the 20th and 21st Century, Leeds College of Art graduate Katie Gillies is very much process driven when working with innovative surface design and materials. Her tiles and panels are applied to interior, industrial and architectural spaces, while her fabrics echo the details and textures of her bespoke tiles.

Lydia Cotterell: Illustration and Textile Print

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Specialising in illustration and screen print, Lydia Cotterell graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University last year with a 1st Class BA Hons degree in Textiles in Practise. She later went on to win the award for best stand at New Designers 2015, but will return this year as part of the ‘One Year On‘ initiative. Lydia is now a participant in the Hothouse 2016 development programme, a scheme run by the Crafts Council aiming to bring British craft to the masses. We will catch up with more from ‘One Year On’ over the coming weeks.

Greg Hinds: Furniture and Product Design

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Bedford College student Gregg Hinds has been described as an ‘endeavouring’ product and furniture designer and is currently one of 40 finalists of the Design Factory competition launched by the Design Museum. Greg experiments with new composite materials and resins, focusing on texture as a main feature of his designs.

Sarah Morris: Knitted Textile Design 

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Sarah Morris is a graduate of The Glasgow School of Art and specialises in fashion, textiles and knit design. Sarah’s chunky knit work is soft, plush and tactile allowing the weights of yarn to create diverse fabrics for cushion covers. Her pieces are designed for a modern interior, allowing an attention to detail and craftsmanship to immediately enhance a living space.

Running alongside the exhibition, there will be a number of talks, tours and award presentations. CEO of notonthehighstreet.com, Simon Balsam, will be presenting at the show with Creative Product Director Sally Bendelow, giving an insight into what makes a great product for them. The creative team of Sky will also be delivering a talk, providing a glimpse of what it takes to promote Sky on air and the processes of a multi-media agency. You can sign up to attend these talks and many more here.

Trend Bible will be attending Part 1 and Part 2 of New Designers, running 29 June – 02 July and 06 June – 09 July. Use code ND407 to purchase day tickets in advance for just £10.50* instead of £16 on the door: book online now at newdesigners.com.

We will be highlighting some of the most impressive stands with our exclusive ‘Trend Bible Selects’ cards, awarded for innovative designs and concepts. You can track the best stands through our social feeds; Twitter & Instagram using #trendbibleselects.


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