New Designers 2013
Week 2 Part 2

This is the second instalment of Week 2 New Designers 2013 – continuing on with more of our favourite sustainability highlights from this inspiring show, in the following categories:

  • Furniture & Product Design
  • Graphic Design & Illustration
  • Spatial Design (inc. Architecture & Interior Design)
  • Motion Arts
  • One Year On


Here’s a great way to get children onto two wheels and riding safely. Andy designed a modular transportation system to encourage them to learn about their bike or scooter and to play and gain confidence in their cycling skills. We particularly like the tennis ball used for the seat suspension! Andy is an Engineering Product Design graduate from London South Bank University.

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Maryam is a Product Designer from London South Bank University. For her final project she researched Cerebral Palsy with the aim of alleviating the pain of sufferers. She designed a functional prototype for children, to enhance comfort, muscle coordination and movement during their early years. The brace has a choice of accessories for flexible wear and a more fashionable look.

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Dan, a graduate from Plymouth Universityhas discovered a novel use for all the cigarette ends littering our streets. The fibres from the butts were collected, cleaned and combined with organic cotton to produce a weavable material, from which he produced this cotton glove – offsetting the use of pure cotton. The material is also being trialed as a replacement for the enormous amounts of cotton wool used in the medical industry.

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Matt noticed how the town of Brixham in Devon is suffering the effects of recession and local retailers are going out of business. He proposed the idea that the council and the community reclaim the empty plots and use them as a conjoined network of pop up stores. Inspired by ‘smart interiors’, Matt’s concept space adapts to its occupants and their engagement with the design. See the video below for a fly through.


The Re:connect project is inspired by the cycle of the seasons. Using existing techniques and readily available natural resources, Meital has developed a new composite made of fallen leaves.

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The sturdy leaf sheets can be used to produce sustainable, functional objects and furniture, without losing the organic appeal of the material. Meital is a graduate from Bucks New University.



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Pally was designed as David’s final graduate project at Bucks New University. He pushed the boundaries of using old shipping pallets by gaining a higher standard of finish, suitable for domestic use. This sofa uses an adaptable sliding mechanism to become a full sofa, or purely storage units. The modular units can be moved around or added to, as required. David also runs the company Peckham Pallets.


This is a cycle device which clips onto your bike handle bars and runs alongside a social network for people new to cycling. The Social Cycle website makes friend-matches of users with similar abilities, in the same locations, to build confidence and initiate friendships within cycling groups.

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As knowledge of local routes increases, the more users contribute to the website, local councils will be able to use the data to identify problem areas and respond appropriately. Anusha is a graduate from De Montfort University.


An MA graduate from Central St Martins UAL, Lucie Barouillet has focused her project on Diabetes Type 1, working with a range of different people to research the topic, from professionals to people who live day to day with the condition. The aim of the project is to understand what it’s like to live with diabetes. When design is applied to a disease situation we’re able to see the implications for the patient. Her products focus on issues that people encounter in managing the condition.

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Lucie built up a network of people who helped her to explore radical new thinking and develop designs that break down stigmas and make life better. Concepts range from making your own insulin pump, to a corner of a waiting room being allocated for people to congregate and share experiences and knowledge that might not be conveyed by the doctor.

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Another interesting piece is a dress pattern designed for a woman who doesn’t wear dresses because they don’t provide a place to put her insulin pump. The pattern is placed in a magazine, which can be left in a waiting room, allowing the design to be shared with others.




Co-Gro is a series of brackets which manipulate bamboo into structures, such as a shed, by guiding the angle and straightness of the plant. In the future it could be used to repair a city damaged by natural disasters, within a matter of weeks, because of the fast rate at which bamboo grows. It can also be allowed to grow over existing buildings for aesthetic reasons. Tom is a graduate from Middlesex University.

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Starting with the idea of a pop up book, Morna takes a compact package and turns it into something big and beautiful. See the magical transformation in the video below: How’s that for space saving!

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Morna is a graduate from Dundee University.


Jamie’s Lonely Mountain Skis blend traditional ski building techniques and sustainable materials with cutting edge natural composite technology. By sourcing locally available materials and building the skis close to the ski resort, the environmental impact of a ski can be greatly reduced. All the synthetic elements for the design have been replaced by natural equivalents while still maintaining performance.

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The video below shows Jamie’s Service Kit being used to repair and wax a ski, ready for another day at Glenshee. Jamie is a graduate from Dundee University.


We featured Spyros in our New Designers article last year. He’s since gone on to develop an artichoke thistle-fibre reinforced plastic material, by combining agricultural waste fibres with a new biological epoxy resin, at Edinburgh College of Art. The resulting material is 100% biodegradable, which, when chopped, could also be used as biofuel.

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Now his aim is to develop a lounge chair out of artichoke thistles. Spyros believes the Greek economy could be rebuilt by going back to crafts and developing local goods.


Electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the world. We create around 35 million tons of it every year. In response to our throwaway culture – and the exportation of second-hand electronic goods to places such as Ghana, for disposal – Jaume created ‘Landfilled Objects’, a collection which makes use of reprocessed materials – from a discarded CRT-monitor, to a Nokia phone, an Iphone, a Gameboy and a keyboard.

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Using the techniques of Sirigu pottery-making, a Ghananian tradition that’s thousands of years old, Jaume’s thought-provoking designs have a tactile quality that makes the user reflect on the consequences of our consumer society. Jamie graduated in MFA Product Design from Edinburgh College of Art.

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Paula is a graduate from Bucks New University‘s Contemporary Furniture Design course. Her design, Pulp, is a biodegradable stool made from paper. Paper pulp is a familiar and accessible form of recycling, yet it’s a surprisingly strong material.


This simple piece of furniture incorporates a clever idea that considers the full lifecycle of paper: The stool base contains tree seeds, arranged into a ‘Seeds of Life’ formation – a hexagonal symbol which can be found in many major religions of the world.


At the end of its life, Pulp can be planted in the ground and, with no special treatment required, it fully degrades, releasing Scots Pine seeds. The legs of the stool are designed to protect early plant growth.



‘Peak’ is a system created to manage your unused solar power and cheap grid power by storing it within a battery in your house.


The problem with solar power is that it is generated at a time when we don’t need it. This means the majority of the solar power generated in users homes is sold to the grid for around 4p per unit. We then buy back the energy we’ve sold – for around 14-18p a unit. Instead of selling to the grid, Peak stores this energy, as well as grid power, to be used later on in the day.


Peak tracks your energy usage and creates schedules, this means it knows how much energy you are going to use and pulls energy from the grid at times of low demand, to be used when demand is higher. This saves the user not only money, but makes savings on the utility too. See more about Peak in the video below:


Jeremy, a graduate of Plymouth University’s BA Spatial + Interior Design course, looked into social apartment estates and the impact they have on people’s lives. He’s designed an alternative and futuristic vision of social housing.


These apartments push the boundaries of traditional tower blocks. This estate is organised around a green economy, with self-sufficient units equipped with solar panels and a water recuperation system, and shared gardens. This semi-organic/robotic concept provides the ingredients for a successful community, while at the same time offering individual homes.


Sam received a Future Pioneer Award from the Design Council in recognition of his ground-breaking design for a biological water filter. Called the Mycofilter, it’s a cellular ‘net’, which is able to catch and digest harmful contaminates in water.


The Mycofilter was created when Sam investigated developing beneficial applications for mushroom based biomaterials.


This floating biofilter is grown from mushrooms. It consists of live filaments which can absorb and neutralise contaminants, such as heavy metals and synthetic substances, before naturally and harmlessly decomposing them. Sam is already working with manufacturers to take his project forward.