One Year On at New De­sign­ers

EVENT FO­CUS Emily Clark re­ports on the ex­cit­ing new names be­ing show­cased at this an­nual ex­trav­a­ganza of emerg­ing cre­ative tal­ent

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If you fancy tak­ing a peek at the bub­bling cre­ativ­ity of the UK’s most ac­com­plished young de­signer-mak­ers, head down to the New De­sign­ers Fair. Tak­ing place at Lon­don's Busi­ness De­sign Cen­tre be­tween 24-27 June and 1-4 July, it show­cases 3,000 tal­ented new names. And our favourite spot is the One Year On desti­na­tion, fea­tur­ing 60 busi­ness-minded de­sign­ers in their first year of work.

All par­tic­i­pants are se­lected based on the ex­cel­lent qual­ity of their col­lec­tions as well as their en­tre­pre­neur­ial flair. The show fo­cuses on orig­i­nal, con­tem­po­rary and in­no­va­tive prod­ucts that are tipped to be­come iconic de­signs of the fu­ture. This year's var­ied se­lec­tion in­cludes com­bi­na­tions of new tech­nolo­gies and her­itage tech­niques that ful­fil a pa­ram­e­ter of be­ing unique. The cre­ative dis­ci­plines on dis­play range from jew­ellery, pre­cious met­al­work and ce­ram­ics to fash­ion and tex­tiles, fur­ni­ture, light­ing and il­lus­tra­tion.

Ev­ery­thing at the show is avail­able to pur­chase or com­mis­sion, mak­ing it a valu­able op­por­tu­nity for new de­sign­ers to garner sup­port and pro­pel their busi­nesses to the next level. "It was the en­thu­si­as­tic re­sponse to my own work at New De­sign­ers that en­cour­aged me to es­tab­lish my own busi­ness," ex­plains this year’s cu­ra­tor, Rheanna Ling­ham, jew­ellery de­signer and co-owner of in­de­pen­dent bou­tique Luna & Cu­ri­ous ( www.lu­naand­cu­ri­ous.com).

For fash­ion and de­sign scouts, the show is a place to hunt for the next Orla Kiely or Jasper Con­ran. But for the av­er­age crafti­ly­minded per­son, it’s a place to be in­spired by a wealth of di­verse cre­ativ­ity. The brave new world of de­sign is open for busi­ness! www.newde­sign­ers.com

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