HAPPENINGText: Sari Uchida

New Designers, an annual exhibition showcasing student creative talents from all over the country, held its 19th show last month at Business Design Centre, in Islington, North London. Over 4,000 students from 200 universities and colleges took part. Part 1 (1st – 4th July) showed designs in Fashion, Textile and Accessory Design while Part 2 (8th – 11th July) featured Furniture, Graphic, Interior and Architecture Designs.

I visited the Part 2 of the exhibition. Winners of various awards and prizes were being announced simultaneously with the progress of the show. At each ‘May I have your attention,’ booming onto the floor, tenseness and nervousness of the participants could be felt through the air. It would turn into a burst of applause and cheering as the name of the individual winner was announced. Even I, as an outsider, felt the tense atmosphere, but what the student designers were experiencing at that moment was testament to the importance and significance of New Designers. Here are just a handful of the many talents:

‘Outdoor Teppanyaki’ by Andrew P Murphy is designed so that it can be placed directly on the ground, and diners sit around it to eat. It is made more practical by being able to fold it in two down the middle, and thereby facilitating mobility.

Ever wondered how to keep your toothbrushes clean and make them more fun to use? Joe Riley of University of Plymouth came up with ‘Keeth’, a range of four different human posed toothbrushes in four different colours. They provide fun into the boring task of brushing teeth as well as being a practical and hygienic design for every member of the family.

Ulrika Jarl designs lights and tableware using simple but impressive designs. The pictured star bowl is semi porcelain, and is slip cast in plaster moulds.

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