New Designers 2015: five of Britain’s best young talents

Britain's next generation of designers have good reason to be proud of their work - here's the young talent to look out for...
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Today’s young designers stand out for their energy and professionalism, not just in their work but in getting it to market. See this in action at New Designers, the big annual show of graduate talent that opens today, with part one at the Business Design Centre in Islington N1.
Part two opens next Wednesday. See work from 100 colleges, from fashion and textiles to architecture and engineering. A section called One Year On shows the work of recent graduates that you can buy. Here are five of the show’s designers who caught our eye.
1 Laura Melhuish-Sprague
Winning a major award at New Designers last year kick-started a career in textile design for Melhuish-Sprague — including a commission from with products to be launched this summer.


She trained as a weaver, and has perfected a special way of painting warp threads before the cloth goes on to the loom. Cushions from £75; canvases from £20. Visit
2 Emily Wiles
Marrying ceramics with textiles, Wiles makes delicate, yet surprisingly strong, containers using her own fabric moulds, which are burned away when pieces are fired. The result is vessels that look like folded and creased cotton.


Her newest designs even replicate thread and stitch, and materials include porcelain and terracotta. Prices range from £20 to £100. Visit
3 Theo Adamson
Inspired by an African strand in his mixed heritage, London-based Adamson makes stoneware vessels — beakers, vases and bowls — in moody blacks and greys to contrast with splashes of white and terracotta.

They are produced in a studio in Ladbroke Grove and have a solid feel. Since graduating from Cardiff Metropolitan University last year, Adamson has been featured at several events, including at London’s respected Flow gallery. He also featured in an issue of Elle Decoration UK. His work costs from about £50. Visit
4 Klara Capouskova
Born in the Czech Republic, Capouskova has been living in London for the past 15 years, where she now has a studio near her home in Archway. She completed an MA at Chelsea College of Art and Design before setting up her brand, So Klara.

Work on show is based on her paintings, which are digitally transferred on to silk, linen and cotton and then stitched into silk scarves, large floor cushions and dramatic wall hangings. Visit
5 Gianluca Mingolla
“The future may be digital, but there is also a place for the handmade, and my aim is to meld the two,” says Mingolla, who is a graduate of Manchester College of Art.
His poetic furniture tells stories of what inspired it. In the case of the London table pictured below, it was based on a satellite image of the capital by night. “I could see a pattern, with the River Thames and the M25 showing up clearly,” he says.

This became a laser-etching on to a circular maple table top. Hand-finished legs with handmade brass fixings are loosely based on pylons to continue the imagery. It costs £945. Visit

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