Dezeen promotion: London graduate exhibition New Designers 2012 will showcase the work of over 3500 graduate designers from 27 to 30 June and 4 to 7 July, and Dezeen readers receive a special discount on tickets to attend the show.
Readers can purchase standard day tickets, valid Thursday to Saturday of each week, in advance for just £8.50 instead of £14 on the door by quoting ND274 when booking at www.newdesigners.com.
The two-part event will take place at the Building Design Centre in Islington, north London, and the opening Wednesday of each week sees the New Designers Awards.
Part one will run from 27 to 30 June and focus on contemporary applied arts including ceramics and glass, jewellery and metal work alongside textiles, fashion and home accessories.
Jewellery designer Theo Fennell will present the awards for part one.
Part two will run from 4 to 7 July and feature furniture and spatial design including interiors, architecture and product design.
Olympic torch designers BarberOsgerby will open the event and present the awards for part two.
In addition 50 designers and makers who have established their business in the past year present their work in the One Year On section.
The Secret Walls Pro Series is a live large-scale illustration contest between graffiti artists, graphic designers and illustrators that will take place on Thursday 5 July.
Here is some more information from the event organisers:
New Designers 2012 – Introducing exceptional graduate design talent for over 25 years.
The cream of the crop of this year’s design graduates unveil their remarkable talent at the New Designers show at the BDC. The exciting presentation is a two part event introducing the very latest ideas and emerging trends across a host of design disciplines. Part 1 displays contemporary applied art – ceramics and glass, jewellery and metal work alongside directional textiles, fashions and home accessories. Fresh ideas for furniture and spatial design, including interiors and architecture, are juxtaposed beside innovative product design in Part 2. Strong visual communication incorporates graphic design, illustration and multimedia.
One Year On features 50 exceptional designers and makers who have established their own business in the past year. Selected for their fresh voices and new direction they are the ones to watch and as such, this section continues to attract the attention of buyers, curators and of course the design conscious public.
For everyone who loves design at its most exciting and cutting edge a visit to New Designers is essential.
Presenting the New Designers 2012 Awards:
Renowned jeweller, Theo Fennell presents the prestigious New Designers Awards for Part 1 on Wednesday 27 June and BarberOsgerby, designers of the Olympic torch, will be opening the show and presenting the awards for New Designers Part 2 on Wednesday 4 July.
What a difference a year makes – One Year On at New Designers
The One Year On feature within New Designers is one of the most engaging and intriguing elements of the perennially popular show. Selected from hundreds of applications, approximately 50 designers gain a special platform that acts as a launch pad for their newly established businesses. Just a year ago many of the makers were newly qualified and emerging from college and university with aspirations to set up in business. Others will have nurtured an ambition to run their own studio, and in the past 12 months will have made their dreams a reality. Common to all the One Year On enterprises – jewellers, furniture makers, graphic designers, ceramicists, applied artists, textile and home furnishings – is a shared determination to make their mark with fresh ideas and high quality production.
Designer and maker Jethro Macy is curating One Year On for a second time, creating a display and unified collection that will whet the appetites of buyers and curators, as well as the public who are keen to discover fresh talent, new directions and future design stars.
Winners from New Designers 2011 Awards return to the show to present new work and demonstrate how they have developed since graduation. Furniture maker James Uren who was the Runner Up for the BDC New Designer of the Year Award in 2011 will be displaying a range of sophisticated pieces that also found favour at the Interiors Show in Birmingham in January. Textile designer Samantha Fen-Johnston now has a strong portfolio for fashion and interiors.
One Year On at New Designers 2012 presents numerous jewellers – reflecting the breadth of ideas and high standards amongst the applications for places. 2012 sees interest in kinetic mechanisms as well as laser and enamelling production techniques. Fashion seems to favour large statement pieces. Ceramics are represented by Gin Durham, Bartek Mejor, Maria Puga, Rebecca Fraser, with a strong and diverse body of work that displays skill and commercial acumen.
There are a variety of home accessories in the form of textiles and furnishing as well as elegant products. Look out for Tatsuya Akita with his range of sophisticated and contemporary desk accessories. Gillian Tidgwell silverware will add contemporary elegance to a table setting. Lighting by Felix McCormack has a quirky industrial aesthetic that complements his furniture. The public sector may be inspired by Minsung Lee’s unusual park bench that combines table, bench and sun lounger.
Amongst the applied arts, Hayley Dix will display her wire pictures that have a strong graphic sense. Mirjana Smith applies eco and recycling principles using tins, handles and spouts to assemble eye-catching, ornamental teapots. Bexx Stephens complex folded paperworks master the art of origami in a modern and original form. Last but not least, is a gallery of graphics that should capture the interest of pubishers and multi-media enterprise. Luke Parker presents a bold portfolio with skulls and gothic themes; Dawn Garoner creates stunning collage imagery.
There will be 25 One Year On designers in each Part, with Part 1 focussing on jewellery, textiles and applied arts; Part 2 features furniture, products, graphics and illustration, and interiors. One Year On regularly attracts gallery curators and retail buyers who are looking for the next trend and the next big thing. It offers the public the chance to commission and purchase from designers at the start of their careers – who knows if they could be the next Cath Kidston or Tom Dixon.
Monorex present: Secret Walls Pro Series at New Designers on Thursday 5 July
Graffiti artists, graphic designers and illustrators wage a black and white war at New Designers at a high energy, up-beat and spontaneously creative late night event on Thursday 5 July at the Business Design Centre, London N1. Secret Walls Pro Series, presented by creative agency Monorex, comes to London’s most exciting graduate design exhibition to pitch pen against paint, art against artifice, graphics against graffiti.
Debut Arts, one of the most prolific creative agencies in the industry, will battle it out against graduate designers representing the cream of the crop of the college and university graduate exhibitors. In front of a large and vocal crowd of critics and two guest judges, the artists have just 90 minutes to create an artwork on the battle wall – the winner determined by decibel reader. The atmosphere is Electric, Garage and House, thanks to some top DJs. Ink and drink will be flowing!
‘This special Secret Walls Pro Series event gives new artists a chance to collaborate and for the visitors to see something different,’ says Andrew Kelly of Monorex. ‘Our aim is to create awareness for the hugely talented designers who are launching their careers at New Designers so that the audience sees something completely different that hasn’t been done before at the show – indeed at any show. It’s going to be a great talent spotting platform and it’s a different medium for promotion.’
New Designers 2012
Part 1: 27 to 30 June | Part 2: 4 to 7 July
Business Design Centre, Islington, N1
Times: Wednesday 27 June 3.00pm to 6.00pm (VIP and Press and Premium ticket holders)
Wednesday 27 June 6.30pm to 9.00pm (Awards Preview Evening – VIP, Premium and 2-Week Passes only)
Thursday 28 June 10.00am to 8.00pm
Friday 29 June 10.00am to 6.00pm
Saturday 30 June 10.00am to 6.00pm
Sunday 1 July Closed
Wednesday 4 July 3.00pm to 6.00pm (VIP and Press and Premium ticket holders)
Wednesday 4 July 6.30pm to 9.00pm (Awards Preview Evening –VIP, Premium and 2-Week Passes only)
Thursday 5 July 10.00am to 8.00pm
Friday 6 July 10.00am to 6.00pm
Saturday 7 July 10.00am to 6.00pm
Sunday 8 July Closed
Tickets: Available to book online from www.newdesigners.com or 08448 480 140 (hotline opens in May)
Standard Day Ticket (Thursday to Saturday only): £9.50 adv. / £14.00 on the door / £11.00 conc.
2-Week Pass (includes Awards Preview Evenings): £22.00 adv. / £26.00 on the door
Premium Ticket (Wednesday only from 3pm, includes Awards Preview): £17.50 adv. / £23.00 on the door
Child under 5 years old (accompanied by an adult): FREE
Please note: £1.50 booking fee applies per ticket purchased in advance