New Designers 2012 - News
Friday 11 May 2012
The One Year On feature within New Designers is one of the most engaging and intriguing elements of the perennially popular show. Selected from hundreds of applications, approximately 50 designers gain a special platform that acts as a launch pad for their newly established businesses. Just a year ago many of the makers were newly qualified and emerging from college and university with aspirations to set up in business. Others will have nurtured an ambition to run their own studio, and in the past 12 months will have made their dreams a reality. Common to all the One Year On enterprises - jewellers, furniture makers, graphic designers, ceramicists, applied artists, textile and home furnishings - is a shared determination to make their mark with fresh ideas and high quality production.
Designer and maker Jethro Macy is curating One Year On for a second time, creating a display and unified collection that will whet the appetites of buyers and curators, as well as the public who are keen to discover fresh talent, new directions and future design stars.
Winners from New Designers 2011 Awards return to the show to present new work and demonstrate how they have developed since graduation. Furniture maker James Uren who was the Runner Up for the BDC New Designer of the Year Award in 2011 will be displaying a range of sophisticated pieces that also found favour at the Interiors Show in Birmingham in January. Textile designer Samantha Fen-Johnston now has a strong portfolio for fashion and interiors.
One Year On at New Designers 2012 presents numerous jewellers - reflecting the breadth of ideas and high standards amongst the applications for places. 2012 sees interest in kinetic mechanisms as well as laser and enamelling production techniques. Fashion seems to favour large statement pieces.
There will be 25 One Year On designers in each Part, with Part 1 focussing on jewellery, textiles and applied arts; Part 2 features furniture, products, graphics and illustration, and interiors. One Year On regularly attracts gallery curators and retail buyers who are looking for the next trend and the next big thing. It offers the public the chance to commission and purchase from designers at the start of their careers - who knows if they could be the next Cath Kidston or Tom Dixon.
See the website below for time and ticket prices.
When: Part 1: 27-3 June; Part 2: 4-7 July 2012
Contact: New designers
Tel: 08448 480 140
Images, from top to bottom:
1. Both Benches by Be Benny Design
2. Minsung Lee, Togather bench Back
3. Plant Stand Ash 1 by BeBenny Designs (PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF NEW DESIGNERS)