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New Design Britain 2015 shortlist revealed. Top new design talent to be judged live at the May Design Series

New Design Britain, organised in partnership with May Design Series, is delighted to reveal its 2015 finalists. Shortlisted across 6 categories – Furniture, Accessories (in partnership with ACHICA), Surfaces, Fabrics, Architecture and Interior Design – 30 of the most talented student and graduate designers in the UK will now be invited to showcase their work at the entrance to the UK’s definitive interiors exhibition this spring.

Hundreds of entries were whittled down by an expert panel of judges including Daniel Hopwood (President, BIID), Katy Ghahremani (MAKE Architects) and Dan Ziglam (DeadGood), to leave five finalists in each category. In order to bridge the gap between design and industry, the entrants were judged on the commercial viability of their designs, as well as aesthetics, functionality, and product development. The six winners will be judged and announced on the New Design Britain stand at May Design Series on Monday 18 May. Each will each receive a valuable industry placement, as well as expert career coaching and a complimentary stand at May Design Series the following year. See more about the shortlisted designs here The shortlisted finalists are: Furniture
  • Charles Parford-Plant from Kingston University, with ‘Tension’
  • Daniel Lau from Nottingham Trent University, with ‘Kai’
  • Heena Patel, BA Product and Furniture Design, with ‘Transforma’
  • Joe McAlonan from Nottingham Trent University, with ‘Jake chair’
  • Simon Taylor, Camberwell College of Arts (UAL), with ‘Randonneur Chair’

Charles Parford-Plant

Daniel Lau

Heena Patel

Joe McAlonan

Simon Taylor

Surfaces
  • Alicia Cox, Staffordshire University, with ‘Perfectly Imperfect’
  • Sophie Rowley, Central Saint Martins/UAL, with ‘Material Illusions’
  • Olly Mason, University of Leeds, with ‘Concrete’
  • Jenna Brown, Duncan of Jordanstone (DJCAD), with ‘Botanical Allure’
  • Amy Bartlett, Leeds College of Art, with ‘Form and Structure’

Alicia Cox

Amy Bartlett

Jenna Brown

Olly Mason

Sophie Rowley

Fabrics
  • Hannah Lois Sangwin, Birmingham City University, with ‘Monochromatic Modifications’
  • Ailsa Lishman, Manchester Metropolitan University, with ‘Nature Abstracts’
  • Zohreh Adle-Ghadjar, University of Brighton, with ‘Exploration of the Loom: From Past to Present’
  • Catherine MacGruer, The Glasgow School of Art, with ‘Tiles Collection’
  • Anastazia Hadjiyiakoumi, Loughborough University, with ‘Eden’

Ailsa Lishman

Anastazia Hadjiyiakoumi

Zohreh Adle-Ghadjar

Hannah Lois Sangwin

Catherine MacGruer

Interior Design
  • Marinella Vronti, De Montfort University, with ‘The Social Hub: The Community Library of Limassol’
  • Karina Fisun, Interior Design Diploma, with ‘Fashion Boutique Caramello’
  • Laura-Anne Robinson, Sheffield Hallam University, with ‘Collaborative Care Centre’
  • Cathrine Dal, Inchbald School Of Design, with ‘Bathyal’
  • Emily Davies, Falmouth University, with ‘Life Stream’

Emily Davies

Cathrine Dal

Marinella Vronti

Laura-Anne Robinson

Karina Fisun

Architecture
  • Catherine Sparkes, Nottingham Trent University with ‘A New Era of Defence’
  • Georgi Diliyanov Arnaudov, The University of Greenwich, with ‘Homogeneous Architectural & Landscape Organisms (HALO2) Arena’
  • Amelia Hunter, The Royal College of Art, with 'Nuntius de Navibus'
  • Eva Ciocyte, University of Westminster, with ‘Re-arrangeable Wall System’
  • Phil Parkin, Nottingham Trent University, with ‘Off the radar’

Georgi Diliyanov Arnaudov

Phil Parkin

Eva Ciocyte

Catherine Sparkes

Amelia Hunter

Accesories
  • Alison Smith, Nottingham Trent, with ‘Geometric Pendants’
  • Camilla Lee Lambert, University of Brighton, with ‘Organic iPhone Amplifiers’
  • Joseph Kennedy, Plymouth University, with ‘3888.7’
  • Samuel Bellamy, Nottingham Trent University, with ‘Moroccan Lamps’
  • Wael Seaiby, University of Edinburgh, with ‘PLAG’

Wael Seaiby

Camilla Lee Lambert

Alison Smith

Joseph Kennedy

Samuel Bellamy

Speaking at last week’s shortlist judging event, Giles Miller of Giles Miller Studio said: “The standard of work was extremely competitive and we genuinely found that there were many more winners than we had space to select. I am delighted to see this emerging area of design being so fully addressed by young talent, and I wish all the designers who submitted work every success in their future surface endeavours!Liam Butler from Achica, sponsors of the Accessories category, said: “The final five finalists demonstrated a strong industry and commercial awareness and presented 5 products that could easily sit within a retail assortment. It was interesting that our five finalists’ products covered a broad range of materials from natural stone to plastic, recycled elements to wood and that they all contained on trend elements for 2015.” Equally impressed with the standard of entries, Rob Scarlett of Rob Scarlett Design UK said: “I’m always amazed at the enthusiasm and dedication in which the entrants approach their designs. Unencumbered by retail conservatism they produce products which are a joy to see. Sometimes I wish I could be as ‘free’ in my designing. There were some really strong entries this year and it’s great to see New Design Britain going from strength to strength.” See the New Design Britain finalists at May Design Series 2015, held at London’s ExCeL from 17-19 May. Registration for the show is now open – to claim your complimentary pass, visit www.maydesignseries.com. Source: May Design Series Read more news related May Design Series published at Infurma Visit the May Design Series website Visit the Fairs & Events Calendar at Infurma
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