Now in its 36th year, New Designers provides a unique platform for fresh design talent to connect with design educators, professionals and consumers for creative exchange and collaboration. Championing the future of design, the show connects talented design graduates with businesses looking to bring in new design thinking; buyers looking to source the most innovative craft and design; and aspiring students wanting to explore the range of design courses available.
Here at London Craft Week, we’ve put together an edit of our favourite designs from this year’s winners…
Colour In Design Award: Colour In Design Award: Week 1 Disciplines
Al Bates, Curious while Calm, Textiles, Edinburgh College of Art
Curious while Calm was created using influence from the outside world. In her research Al Bates found that the majority of people find that interaction with nature helps significantly to reduce their anxiety, especially during the pandemic where the outside world was our only escape from the confinement of home. Leading her to design a high-end interiors collection for those who care for quality and sustainably sourced materials.
John Lewis & Partners: The John Lewis & Partners Award for Design and Innovation: Week 1 Disciplines
Anna Burke, A Garden of One’s Own, Textiles Design & Innovation, Loughborough University
This project explores the importance of outdoor space and how the garden surrounding Anna Burke’s home, as well as National Trust gardens that we have been granted access to over the past year, have provided her with inspiration and solace. She aims to celebrate the garden and the outdoors, creating bold and colourful interior print designs with an abstract nature, inspired by the work of the Bloomsbury Group at Charleston House and the charming and unique interiors they have created there.
Habitat: The Habitat Future Design Award: Textiles & Surface Pattern Design
Andrea Gonzales, BALIKBAYAN, Textile Design, Birmingham City University
This collection of woven jacquard and printed fabrics for interiors capture the essence of Andrea Gonzales’ Filipino culture, with a particular focus on the textile traditions. Certain provinces in the Philippines are known for their wooden cut carving which is reflected through the use of lino printing. The distinctive patterns have been translated into woven jacquard designs to create a coordinating series of fabrics that celebrate the craftsmanship of weaving that is deeply rooted in the Filipino culture.
Sanderson Design Group: Sanderson Design Group Award
Robyn Gauld, The End of the Silk Road, Design for Printed Textiles, Heriot-Watt University
The End of the Silk Road is an interior print collection of digitally printed fabrics and hard surfaces inspired by East Asia. It aims to convey feelings of balance and serenity. Robyn Gauld was inspired by Stefan Ormenison, the founder of ‘Mind the Gap’ who creates instantly recognisable and iconic art, architecture and culturally inspired designs of East Asia.
Thrown: Thrown Contemporary Ceramics Award
Cicely Peers, The St Davids Collection, 3D Design, Manchester Metropolitan University
The St Davids Collection: Cicely Peers has long had an interest in architectural materials and detailing. The patterning and clarity of the designs of the medieval encaustic floor tiles in St Davids Cathedral, Wales served as the inspiration for this collection. Cicely’s goal was to embrace the creative spirit of these tiles and, through the use of 21st century processes, create three-dimensional pattern pieces.
Discover the full list of 2021 New Designers Winners at newdesigners.com/awards.
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