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Brief Published: 7 Jul 2015

New Designers 2015: Highlights

Columns from L-R; Elinor McCue, Harry Hope Morley, Juwon Seo, Rachel Chan

Once again, London's annual New Designers exhibition showcased the work of hundreds of talented graduates, providing a wealth of inspiration across the design industries. Here, we bring you our highlights from the event.  

  • Glasgow School of Art graduate Elinor McCue's textile designs feature the heavy embellishment of layered leather fringing and oversized geometric beading in plastic and painted wood finishes. The playful and tactile decoration adds a 3D element without altering the drape and flexibility of the fabric.
  • Brighton University graduate Harry Hope Morley addresses issues of sustainability with his desk lamp made with a waste-paper-based composite. The simple shape of the task lamp places the focus on the material, which features an interesting marbled pattern finish. For further insight into materials made from waste, see Untapped Resources.
  • Work Nest is a playful, yet practical response to the need for home-office furniture that fits comfortably within the domestic environment. Designed by Juwon Seo of Buckinghamshire New University, the wooden, house-shaped frame provides an enclosed space to avoid distractions, while grey textile blinds, a yellow desktop and moveable corkboards complete the cheerful aesthetic. For more on designing for multipurpose living, see Modern Family: The Evolving Domestic Landscape.
  • To create her unusual vases, Rachel Chan casts discarded socks in Jesmonite. The Camberwell School of Art graduate utilises the inbuilt stretch of the textile material to form the ballooning and bulbous vessels. The original surface of the knit adds texture and pattern to the finished designs.

For more highlights from the latest crop of emerging design talent, see Show RCA 2015 and Graduate Fashion Week 2015. Also look out for our International Graduates report, publishing later this week.