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Brief Published: 30 Jun 2014

New Designers Part One 2014

New Designers Part One (Clockwise from left) Katie Brigginshaw, Joe Bradford, Ella May

Once again, London’s annual New Designers Part One exhibition brought together the best of the UK’s textiles and applied art graduates for an event full of inspiration. Here’s our top three from the show:

  • Ella May from Glyndwr University showed a range of chunky Jesmonite bowls. Inspired by rocks and minerals, the minimal pieces had a matt, stone-like finish with unique patterns formed into the material itself. The solid, hewn qualities of the designs reflect the aesthetic of our A/W 15-16 Design Direction, Unearth
  • University of Falmouth graduate Katie Brigginshaw’s selection of woven upholstery textiles is intended for transport interiors. Particularly of interest, several designs were produced in a single navy tone, with the weave textures dictating the pattern in a reinterpretation of a classic checkerboard design. 
  • For his graduate project, Joe Bradford of Bath School of Art and Design devised an inventive making process using the humble plastic bag. Through exploring various heat-pressing and moulding techniques, he created a range of experimental vessels and stools, whose shapes are informed directly by the manufacturing process. For more experimental approaches to process-driven making – particularly using recycled materials – see our A/W 15-16 Design Direction, Intervene.

New Designers Part Two, including graphics, furniture and product design graduates, runs from July 2-5 in London. Look to our full Design Graduates 2014 coverage for more inspiration from this year’s young design talent.