All in all 18,265 visitors went along to New Designers 2013, making this year’s shows the busiest in its 28 year history. Having recently featured New Designer Week 1 we now turn our attentions to New Designers Week 2 for more wonderfully talented, newly qualified sustainable designers. The Week 2 show featured:
- Furniture & Product Design
- Graphic Design & Illustration
- Spatial Design (inc. Architecture & Interior Design)
- Motion Arts
- One Year On
New Designers brings together over 3,000 of the UK’s best emerging designers across a 2 part exhibition. Week 1 featured:
- Textiles, Fashion and Accessories
- Contemporary Applied Arts (inc. Ceramics and Glass)
- Jewellery and Precious Metalwork
- One Year On
Acclaimed author, journalist and design critic Alice Rawsthorn officially opened the event, saying: “For anyone graduating now, this is a daunting time thanks to the economic recession. But the good news for anyone who wants to make their career in design and craft is that there has never been a better time to do so. The most exciting periods of design have always been the periods of greatest change, and we are now living through a phenomenal period of unprecedented change, at extraordinary speed and scale. Your role as designers is to help society to make the most of these changes, to make sure that they affect our lives for good rather than bad.”
Here are some of the talented people we spotted, doing their bit for sustainability and design for good:
The Houses of Parliament was a fitting venue for the launch of a new report called Short Circuit, which looks at the current lifecycle of our electronic gadgets and the true cost to the earth. It was released by The Gaia Foundation and allies; African Biodiversity Network; London Mining Network; Mining Watch Canada; OCMAL; Oilwatch Africa PIPLinks & Climate Revolution; and was supported by the EC.
The Gaia Foundation
Illustration by Roanna Rahman
Written by Charlotte Turner
Event photos courtesy of The Sustainable Angle
The second Future Fabrics Expo, organised by The Sustainable Angle, was hosted on November 7-9 at the London College of Fashion. It provided an impressive physical showcase of roughly 650 fashion fabrics with a reduced environmental impact. Displays featured biodiversity, water, waste and energy impacts and benefits, as well as interactive information and videos.
The Sustainable Angle is a not for profit organisation which initiates and supports projects which contribute to minimising the environmental impact of industry and society.
Earlier this year we met Coventry University graduate Kushal Chavda, at the New Designers Show, London. He was exhibiting his prototype for a safari car, called “Kujenga”, meaning “to build” in Swahili.
The purpose of his project was to design a buggy that could be made in the developing world, using local skills and whatever materials they have to hand, such as bamboo, coconut rope, canvas, handwoven textiles and recycled plastic.
More from this fantastically cavernous venue, smack bang in the centre of London, Designjunction, 19-23 Sept 2012.
In the Channel 4 series Man Made Home, Kevin McCloud has gone off grid to build a cabin in the woods. He’s been recycling, re-using and re-purposing to create his very own self-designed and self-built haven, a place where he can unhook himself from the madness of modern life and watch the sun go down.
Next on our London Design Festival itinerary, Tent London & SuperBrands London, in the Old Truman Brewery, off Brick Lane. Although two separate shows, they both share the same entrance area and talks arena, enabling visitors to see two shows under one roof in an impressive exhibition space.
How lucky we are to have the London Design Festival on our doorstep! Next stop Designersblock, at the Southbank Centre – a hive of unrestrained creativity – full of fresh designers and artists, and without the slick finish of some of the other Festival shows.
Designersblock have pioneered the use of transitional architectural spaces for the production of city festivals. We were in a warehouse storage space, which has never before been seen by the public, under the Queen Elizabeth Hall – exciting enough in itself – we love the Southbank! But, we pulled ourselves together and went to meet some of the great characters exhibiting.
Part of the London Design Festival, designjunction, sponsored by Masserati, was held in the old 1960’s Sorting Office on New Oxford Street, a spectacular industrial backdrop for this design event.