The next generation of designers will come together at New Designers this summer, launching never-before-seen ideas, products and trends in a two-week celebration of the future of design.
New Designers 2019 will take place at the Business Design Centre, London, from 26th June to 6th July, and will bring together 3000 of the brightest new designers and makers from over 170 creative courses from the UK and beyond under one roof, representing every area of contemporary design.
New Designers connects graduates with thousands of educators, professionals and consumers on the look-out for innovative craft and design. Since its inception 34 years ago, New Designers has launched the careers of some of the UK’s leading creatives including Bethan Gray, Jay Osgerby, Thomas Heatherwick and Lee Broom.
New Designers’ flagship showcase, One Year In, returns with a curated collection of work by some of the UK’s most engaging design entrepreneurs. One Year In is a chance for visitors to see and buy original pieces directly from designers, studios and entrepreneurs who recently launched their own businesses, and this year is curated by Emily Skinner, the designer, maker and founder of design studio, Evan James Design.
New for 2019, 15 courses join New Designers, including Middlesex University (BA Design Craft) and Plymouth College of Art (3D Design).
The awards programme is an integral part of New Designers, with accolades given to the most creative and forward-thinking exhibitors by some of the UK’s leading design brands, such as John Lewis, Made.com and Lego. New award sponsors in 2019 include The Conran Shop, which will award one talented designer with either £3000 towards launching their design career or a work placement in its London headquarters, while a new award from Epson will see a textile graduate commissioned to create a series of designs for a soft furnishings collection.
Hands-on printing workshops will take place throughout New Designers courtesy of 3rd Rail Print Space, London’s biggest open access screen printing studio, and these workshops will form part of the exhibition’s talks and events programme, which promises guest speakers from across the design arena.
New Designers takes place in two, four-day parts, each devoted to a different set of creative disciplines: Week 1 (26–29th June) covers Textiles, Fashion, Costume Design, Jewellery and Glass; while Week 2 (3rd–6th July) encompasses Product, Furniture, Industrial Design, Automotive, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Animation, Illustration, Gaming and Motion Arts.