The annual exhibition of UK design graduates New Designers opened last week, showcasing the lastest crop talent to come out of UK universities and art colleges. Heres a pick of some of the talent I spotted at the show. Graduating is a tough time for any student but I’m pretty confident great things lie ahead for many of the designers featured here. In my Habitat post it was great to see one of the New Designers exhibitors of 2008 having such a pivotal role in the Habitat design team.
I found Rose Thomasson‘s collection Door Into Summer, hugely impressive. Its a collection that you could quite easily pick up the collection and put straight into commercial production without too much tinkering. During studies at Heriot Watt University, Rose in Finland home to Marimekko which gives a hint to her influences but she certainly retains her own style.
Inspired by architectural features Judith Watson created a complex hand tufted wool rug. Sponsored by Wools of New Zealand I’d love to see her work featured at the next Wool House. I can’t think of a better setting!
Textile designer Roula Katoudi’s Veneziana Danza was influenced by Venice in the 1920’s, but to me the inky drawings have something a little50’s about them? Her use of colour and geometry is very ‘of the moment’. Using a combination of digital printing, screen printing and painting directly onto the fabric her silk Cape is a really stunning piece and can be seen in more detail on her site.
Ruth Rennison reworked her textile patterns onto salvaged chairs. I really loved the modernist lighting details on the patten below. Apparently she can get her hands on another 30 of the chairs so she has the materials for a fledgling business I’d say!
Frazer Doyle’s Masking Licentiousness is a piece that was about the difficulties fears and masks you peel off as you become aware of your sexuality and come out to your family and society. The head’s mounted on pikes are a reminder of the real fears of being cut off physically and metaphorically and hark back to dark medieval times when the heads were mounted on pikes on city walls. Its a beautifully worked piece and can be seen in more detail on Frazer’s site
And that was only the first week! Just a tiny taster of the talent on show at New Designers. a report on Part 2 to follow!