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These Are the Hot New Trends Millennial Grads Are Bringing to the Design Scene

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Home & Design Editor
Updated: 5 June 2017
Showcasing the work of more than 3,000 graduates, New Designers is one of the most exciting shows dedicated to promoting the cream of the crop when it comes to hot emerging design talent. The London-based show, running from June 28–July 1 and July 5–8, will also reveal the latest trends in cutting-edge design, from 3D-printing to working with sustainable materials. Check out the highlights from this year’s exhibition.

The two-part event, held at the Business Design Centre, will also display the work of innovative designers tipped to be the next big thing as they reflect on their first year of business in the One Year On exhibition. This year’s edition is the largest to date, with 80 bright young things selected to showcase their work, ranging from homeware and furniture to ceramics and jewellery.

HAME Lambda range
HAME Lambda range | Courtesy of HAME

The One Year On exhibition will highlight the hottest trends to look out for, with a wide range of pieces on display made using various methods, ranging from cutting-edge technology to traditional craft techniques. What’s more, you’ll be able to purchase pieces from these future icons or commission them to make a bespoke piece just for you.

Designer Rheanna Lingham, who is the owner and founder of hip Shoreditch store Luna & Curious, returns as curator for One Year On 2017. She says: ‘This year will be noted for its bold colour and graphics, insurgence of furniture makers and new ideas for today but rooted in traditional techniques. This show is a must-see for the brilliant selection of exciting work. In changing times it is heartening to see so many brave designers and makers establishing their own businesses.’

The must-know design trends for 2017

Here are just some of the highlights to look out for at the show:

Cool space-saving furniture

As new homes are getting smaller, flexible furniture is becoming much, much bigger. Great examples at this year’s show are Addax Design’s 100% Design award-winning modular sofas and Studio Perki’s ingenious, elegant fold-flat wooden furniture range, which doesn’t need any screws or tools to assemble – genius.

Designer Matthew Pope with his sofa design
Designer Matthew Pope with his sofa design | Courtesy of Addax Design
The PerkiStool folds completely flat when not in use
The PerkiStool folds completely flat when not in use | Courtesy of Studio Perki

Back to brutalism

Brutalism is back with a vengeance right now and young designers are celebrating its underrated beauty – check out Bethany Stafford’s architecturally inspired pottery and Emma Johnson’s brutalist themed Atro-City collection.

Bethany Stafford’s ceramics
Bethany Stafford’s ceramics | Courtesy of Bethany Stafford
Emma Johnson Atro-City collection
Emma Johnson Atro-City collection | Courtesy of Emma Johnson

Waste not, want not

Zero waste has become a big trend as young designers look for inventive ways to make production methods more sustainable and to use otherwise-wasted resources that are readily available to them. Carmen Machado’s outdoor deckchairs are made from upcycled, colourful, rope fishing nets collected from around the UK coastline, while Sinead Cooke is turning waste plastics into statement jewellery.

Carmen Machado’s Debris chair
Carmen Machado’s Debris chair | Courtesy of Carmen Machado
Sinead Cooke’s jewellery made from recycled plastic
Sinead Cooke’s jewellery made from recycled plastic | Courtesy of Sinead Cooke

Bright and beautiful

Colourful screen-printed textiles are bang-on trend right now – if you like bright and bold designs, check out the textiles from Joanna Vanderpuije, which are developed from her hand drawings, or the cool digitally printed designs of Benjamin Craven, who creates eye-catching geometric patterns.

Joanna Vanderpuije’s colourful textile designs for her A/W 2017 collection
Joanna Vanderpuije’s colourful textile designs for her A/W 2017 collection | Courtesy of Joanna Vanderpuije
Benjamin Craven’s Cactus print
Benjamin Craven’s Cactus print | Courtesy of Benjamin Craven

Bog oak

It might not have a pretty name, but this rich, dark timber has an allure for many designers right now. Tim Evershed uses 5,000-year-old black bog oak in Brook Studio’s handmade furniture, and Dovile Jewellery is another company using the material in its designs.

Burndell bedside table from Tim Evershed
Burndell bedside table from Tim Evershed | Courtesy of Brook Studio
Collection of rings by Dovile Jewellery
Collection of rings by Dovile Jewellery | Courtesy of Dovile Jewellery

Getting crafty

The craft revival is strong right now, with many designers embracing traditional methods with a contemporary edge. Winter and Kurth’s marquetry skills produce striking results, while Alice Heaton’s exuberant Life Within range of glass uses colourful, hot glass techniques to capture the fluid movement of underwater currents and the microscopic creatures moving within them.

Winter & Kurth’s Marquetry Side Table
Winter & Kurth’s Marquetry Side Table | Courtesy of Winter & Kurth
Alice Heaton’s glass vessels
Alice Heaton’s glass vessels | Courtesy of Alice Heaton

To check out the full list of the designers who’ll be showing their work at the One Year On 2017 exhibition, see Part 1 here, and Part 2 here. Tickets to New Designers 2017 are on sale now to both the trade and the public.

Enter special offer code NDCULTURETRIP to purchase advance tickets for just £10.50* instead of £16 on the door, or a VIP tickets for unlimited access across both weeks of the show for £21* instead of £30 on the door.

Book online now here.

*£1.50 booking fee applies per advance ticket purchase; offer expires midday June 18 2017.