New Designers 2013 was the biggest yet with over 18,000 people visiting. We were part of the thronging crowd absorbing the wares of over 3,000 new design graduates from around the UK. It was sensory overload. As I was under some time pressure, it was a supermarket sweep approach, but those that caught my eye included:
- Isatu Hyde’s No Excuse Foods A ceramicist, Isatu has fused her beautiful vessels with all the additional resources the enthusiastic amateur forager needs to create the No Excuse Foods concept. The simple, sensual flasks are made of glass and porcelain, with either cork or silicone bungs and labelled with clearly illustrated how to guide to make seasonal drinks from local edible resources, wild or other!
- I loved ‘Lux’, the hybrid solar light from Tom Elsmore that would shine sunlight (via a solar concentrator and fibre-optic cable) into the darkness of my study, even capturing the colours at sunset, and compensating with LEDs when the sun has set. The steam-bent ash light stand is elegant too.
- For the space constrained, I liked the humour and practicality of Joseph Kennedy’s range of artefacts (his word), that can be be hung off the wall when not in use. The wobble stool would be a far more aesthetically pleasing replacement to the Swiss ball I use as my office chair.
While I was hunting for carefullycurated, my husband and youngest daughter had their portrait stitched by Harriett Riddell, one of those selected to be part of “One Year On at New Designers 2013”, essentially the best of the previous crop who are in their first year of business. Here take on the troublesome two: