The New Design Britain Awards are one of the most important competitions in the UK for young design talent, giving recognition to students for innovative and ground-breaking work in the interiors industry. There are four categories: Furniture, Fabrics, Furnishing Accessories and Surface Coverings. The winners in each will have the chance to display their designs and products at INTERIORS UK 2013 and win a placement with a leading industry supplier.
I love the work of the four finalists I’ve picked out to showcase below. It will be interesting to watch these names over the coming months and years, and to see whether their work takes off and becomes influential in the design world…
Surface coverings: Ceri Stephenson, wall panelling. More of Ceri’s work can be seen at http://www.artsthread.com/p/ceristephenson
Fabrics: Sian O’Doherty, Perceived Perceptions. See her website The Weave Shed at http://www.theweaveshed.org/334/sian-odoherty-weave-designer/
Furniture: Daniel Edwards, The Club Chair. Lots more about Daniel at http://www.behance.net/danieledwardsdesign
Furnishing Accessories: Christina Ionescu, The Three Bears furniture for children. Further information about her Three Bears chairs shown here, plus her other fantastic work is at http://www.cristianaionescu.com/section484539_405286.html