New Designers 2016

The best of this year's UK design graduates are to be found at the annual New Designers show in Islington, London, which kicks off today...


It’s that time of year when design colleges across the UK wave goodbye to the students they’ve taught for the last two or three years and unleash them on the world at large. The annual New Designers exhibition at London's Business Design Centre in Islington is where you’ll see the largest gathering of design graduates from different colleges under one roof – ideal for spotting talent or unearthing new makers for future commissions.

Split into two, Part 1 (29 June-2 July) showcases Textiles and Fashion, Costume Design, Jewellery and Precious Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass, and Contemporary Design Crafts, while Part 2 (6-9 July) concentrates on Furniture, Product and Industrial Design, Illustration, Animation, Motion and Digital Arts, Spatial Design and Graphic Design.

Both shows bring back selected graduates from the year before to exhibit in One Year On, a special section devoted to designers in their first year of business. Curated by jeweller and photographer Rheanna Lingham, it’s a chance to buy products directly from these new creatives and to see how they've flourished since graduating.

ABOVE: Sarah Christensen's 'Foya' sideboard is inspired by the flamboyant linings of jackets
ABOVE RIGHT: 'Sunglasses' illustration by Ana Jaks
BELOW: Rosamund Hanny's 'Wings and Feathers' textiles incorporate hand and digital embroidery, sublimation printing and exhaust dyeing

This year the Fizz is looking forward to seeing Rosamund Hanny Textiles whose lyrical designs have led to a collaboration with fashion house Paper London, Sarah Christensen’s angular 'Foya' sideboard, and graphic printed vessels by ceramicist Hannah Tounsend who received a ‘John Lewis Loves’ commendation at New Designers 2015. We’ve also got our eye on Ana Jaks, whose colourful illustrations have been commissioned by the Financial Times Magazine, Amelia’s Colouring Book and Yubl, and Corin Kennington whose love of typography has inspired projects for Polpo restaurant and handprinted murals at the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch.

ABOVE: Hannah Townsend's ceramics feature graphic printed textures and marks; Typographic designer Corin Kennington leaves his mark on the Ace Hotel London Shoreditch and a detail from his typeface 'Lune'

With over 3,000 emerging designers on show, it’s fertile ground for discovering the next Thomas Heatherwick or Jasper Morrison, so keep your eyes peeled as you might just find yourself rubbing shoulders with the design stars of the future...

New Designers Part 1 is on now until 2 July; Part 2 runs from 6 to 9 July 2016. Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London N1. Tickets from £16