New Designers Show 2010

From the quirky to the practical, the New Designers Show continues to inspire. Corinne Julius reports
Seat of Learning
Seat of Learning by Lorna Wilby is made from old books
For 25 years the New Designers Show has nurtured Britain's new design talent. It has 3,500 students under one roof, and ideas are scrutinised by trend analysts, galleries and buyers... and soon find their way on to the high street.

Thomas Heatherwick, Ella Doran, Barber Osgerby and Frederickson Stallard all started their careers by showing at New Designers - and remain staunch supporters. Interesting new furniture includes Amy Warner's (Middlesex) Soft Table+Fat Table with a squashy base and hard top, Marita Szkutnik's (Bucks New University) bizarre, Baroque acrylic and gold-painted expanding foam sideboard, a perfect setting for her understated wooden bowls, and Andrew Beaumont's (Plymouth) oak ceramic "22" iPod amplifiers which combine the feel of retro gramophone players with the latest MP3s and highly directional sound.

Recycling is a recurrent theme as shown by Lorna Wilby's (Plymouth) Seat of Learning (right) made from old books and Sarah Titcomb's (Plymouth) Recycle Recycle Recycle, a chest of drawers made from old pallets and drawers.

Attractive lighting includes Francesca Boyle's (Brighton) "Forget Me Not" which works as a conventional bedside lamp or a UV nightlight with a scribble pad, and Deborah Hiscock's (Bucks New University) Totally Wired light, a self-assembly lamp made of electroluminescent wire.

Part one: 1-4 July 2010
Textiles, Fashion and Accessories; Contemporary Applied Arts; Ceramics and Glass; Jewellery and Precious Metalwork; and One Year On.

Part two: 8-11 July 2010
Furniture Design; Product Design; Visual Communications (including Graphic Design
and Illustration); Spatial Design; and One Year On.

New Designers, Business Design Centre, N1 (newdesigners.com)

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