This summer, some of the UK’s most exciting design entrepreneurs and innovators will come together in One Year In, a curated showcase of recently-launched design businesses.
One Year In is the flagship showcase in New Designers, a two-week celebration of design taking place at the Business Design Centre in London from 26th June to 6th July.
The 2019 One Year In line-up brings together every element of contemporary design and sees designers responding to some of the most important challenges of our time, from climate change to social care. In a drive to divert waste from landfill, product designer Atticus Durrell has designed That’s Caffeine, a collection of furniture and homewares created from used coffee granules, while product designer Adam Davies, in his ambition to find alternative, sustainable materials, has used bio-materials such as mycelium and algae to create his lighting collection.
This year’s One Year In also highlights how more and more contemporary designers and makers are using traditional craft techniques in their work. Helena Russell’s silver and base-metal containers are created using traditional silversmithing techniques, with colour introduced through patination, while, in his new furniture collection, Mac Collins uses woodworking techniques and takes inspiration from the Caribbean and the post-slave trade.
As well as showing and selling their work, the One Year In exhibitors will also take part in a mentorship programme devised to help them get their new businesses market-ready.
One Year In is curated this year by Emily Skinner, the designer, maker and founder of design studio, Evan James Design, who comments: "No other show provides the breadth of support that New Designers does through One Year In – it’s almost like a fast-track course in business start-up for designers working in any discipline.
"The diversity of design talent in One Year In is very inspiring and will ignite interest from both the industry and consumers. These designers are exploring how the latest design techniques can be used to tackle contemporary issues, but they are also embracing some beautiful craftsmanship in their work. The enthusiasm and positivity shown by these designers is infectious, and it’s a privilege for me to help facilitate their creative journeys."
One Year In takes place during both weeks of New Designers, which brings together 3000 of the brightest new creative minds under one roof, and is a launchpad for fresh design talent, hand-picked from over 170 creative courses from the UK and beyond.