The 33rd annual New Designers show opened on the 27th of June, and drew over 3,000 of the brightest and most radically creative minds under one roof. Its ambition: to launch the next generation of thinkers and makers onto the UK design scene. At this two-week event, students over 200 creative courses unveiled never before seen works to thousands of industry professionals and design lovers. Asian designers did not disappoint either, with some of them being recipients of the New Designer of the Year Award. The Artling features these designers and checks out their potentials. Who knows? They might fall in line to being the next Jasper Morrison or Thomas Heatherwick of their generation.
Hydrator by Qili Chen (T), Stitch by Hwan Soo Ok (B).
Having graduated at Kingston School of Art, Chen responds to the aridity of climate in the Hong Kong region of China where she grew up. With a sculptural ceramic object that hydrates air, coupled with the use of aquachromic ink, this object's colour changes when water levels are low and acts as a reminder for the user to refill it.
A furniture and product design graduate from Kingston School of Art, Ok's Stitch is a coffee table inspired by fabric and leather stitching techniques. This design uses coloured and transparent polypropylene to construct a flower-shaped base, and is then finished with a round glass top, giving it a decorative yet purposeful function.
Magneto Floor Lamp by Jiawei Sun (T), Modern Chinoiserie by YingQian Wang (B).
Sun was awarded the "New Designers 100% Design" Award. This includes a stand in the Emerging Brands section at 100% Design during the London Design Festival in September. The lamp was selected for its simplistic and playful design which offers versatility in its function. This is due to the removable pieces that allow the user to adjust both the lighting as well as the aesthetic of the lamp. The judges were impressed with its visual confidence and commercial potential.
From Nottingham Trent University, Wang was the runner-up for the "New Designer Of The Year" Award this year. Her work draws inspiration from a recent visit to the Royal Pavilion in Brighton. Graduating from the Textile Design Innovation programme, this collection draws on Chinese culture. It combines geometric and Chinese motifs found in the modern city world - the design is aimed at the hospitality sector.
The judges felt real clarity and thought-out vision within her work. They enjoyed the narrative and merging of East & West, whilst looking at the medium of chinoiserie from an eastern perspective. The work was extremely professional, commercial, and maintained innovation and originality.
Blue Table by Simin Lin (T), Hanger rail system by Jisue Park (B)
Another graduate from Nottingham Trent University, Lin's Blue Table was inspired by the effect of translucency as light travels through coloured windows. Manufactured from toughened, tinted glass, this table also has a middle section that provides space for a felt organiser which frees the table from any internal installation that a drawer has. At the same time, its design maintains simplicity.
At the "One Year In" section of New Designers (a curated showcase from the most promising and intriguing designers, studios and entrepreneurs who have recently launched their own businesses), Park showed a hanger rail system that encourages users to display objects they use on a daily basis. The system is designed to grow and reduce, supporting a family's needs as they change over time. The slim design of the rail also makes it appropriate for a variety of places in any home.
For more information, visit the New Designers website.
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