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Dezeen spotlights upcoming designers with Designed in Hackney exhibition

Dezeen has teamed up with hotel One Hundred Shoreditch to launch an exhibition showcasing the work of five rising design talents from the London borough of Hackney.

Curated by Dezeen, the Designed in Hackney exhibition presents work spanning product design, fashion, sculpture, animation and visual art by five creative talents from the east London borough.

Bisila Noha, Coco Lom, Amechi Mandi, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirely and Marie Lueder
The Designed in Hackney exhibition features work by (from left to right) Bisila Noha, Coco Lom, Amechi Mandi, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley and Marie Lueder

Each rising star has been nominated by one of Hackney's most prominent designers.

Camille Walala has nominated artist and designer Coco Lom, Nelly Ben Hayoun has nominated animator Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Roksanda Ilincic has nominated fashion designer Marie Lueder, Lee Broom has nominated furniture designer Amechi Mandi and Pearson Lloyd has nominated ceramic designer Bisila Noha.

The exhibition takes place at One Hundred Shoreditch from 26 November to 4 December 2022 and is open from 10:30 to 6:30pm every day except Mondays.

Coco Lom specialises in abstract patterns

Coco Lom specialises in abstract patterns and creates large murals using a bright and bold colour palette.

Lom has been nominated by Walala, who said: "I have been following the work of Coco Lom for a while and I love her very distinctive style – vibrant and bold – which combines a primary colour palette and bold monochrome patterns. I also really like her playful design approach and am looking forward to seeing more of her artworks around Hackney."

Danielle Braithwaite-Shirley's work combines animation, video game development, sound and performance

Danielle Braithwaite-Shirley produces work that combines animation, video game development, sound and performance. Her practice focuses on retelling the stories of Black Trans people, which is informed by both lived experiences and fiction.

She has been nominated by Ben Hayoun, who said: "Danielle designs work centered on Black Trans lives and explores the worlds of gaming through her many projects. Her non-linear approach to storytelling is unique and so are the aesthetics that she develops into her work – none are expected and they all challenge ideas of representation, characters and bodies."

Marie Lueder aims to challenge the status quo of fashion

Marie Lueder is the founder of her eponymous fashion brand Lueder. A Royal College of Art graduate, Lueder launched the brand in 2020 and has since showcased four seasons at London Fashion Week.

Lueder was nominated by fellow fashion designer Ilincic, who said: "I first met Marie during lockdown and it has been such a pleasure to follow her journey with Lueder since. Her modern, innovative approach to menswear is truly refreshing and I especially admire how she commits her craftsmanship to addressing mental health and sustainability through fashion. The way her designs equip those facing challenging mental obstacles with metaphorical armours is incredibly unique and inspiring!"

Amechi Mandi produces colourful products informed by his Nigerian and Cameroonian heritage

Amechi Mandi produces products that are informed by his African heritage. His work includes colourful cushions, throws, mirrors and ceramics and he is also working on a series of rugs in a collaboration with flooring brand Floor Story, which will be launched in 2023.

Mandi has been nominated by lighting designer Broom, who said: "Amechi's work is inspired by his Nigerian and Cameroonian heritage; it has a real point of difference and by tapping into his own heritage, it makes his work authentic and distinctive. He started with ambitions to work in the fashion industry, which resonates with my own background studying and working in fashion."

Basili Noha's ceramics aim to challenge Western perceptions of craft

Bisila Noha is a ceramic artist whose work aims to challenge Western perceptions of craft and art. Noha's work includes wheel-thrown ceramics as well as more sculptural pieces made by combining multiple techniques.

Pearson Lloyd said: "We have known of Bisila for a relatively short time but I think what resonated so quickly was the sense of process and tactility within the work. The pieces are simple yet complex. The traces of the hands on what often start off as simple forms suggest a narrative beyond the object itself and speak to time and a sense of history. In an era when we are trying to reconnect with ourselves, our sense of identity, and our planet, they seem most relevant."

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Designed in Hackney takes place at One Hundred Shoreditch

The Designed in Hackney exhibition follows on from an initiative Dezeen launched 10 years ago to celebrate the incredible diversity of creative talent in Hackney in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

A decade on, Hackney is home to a whole new generation of creatives, so Dezeen asked five high-profile designers based in the borough to each select a rising star, whose work is showcased in the exhibition.

Designed in Hackney takes place from 26 November to 4 December 2022 at One Hundred Shoreditch, 100 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JQ, UK. See Dezeen Events Guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events taking place around the world.