Now the dust of Clerkenwell Design Week has settled, it's time to look forward to the next essential instalment on the design calendar, and that's New Designers.
Considered to be the exhibition for emerging design, it consistently delivers the hottest new talent every year, ready for businesses and the design-savvy public to snap up and set them on their career paths to success.
It's quite unbelievable to think that the show is celebrating its 32nd birthday, but its heritage certainly cements it as one of the best places to discover the UK’s rising designers and makers.
Taking place at the Business Design Centre in London over two weeks from 28 June, New Designers is split into two parts across a spectrum of creative disciplines. The first week concentrates on textiles, fashion, costume design, jewellery, precious metalwork, ceramics and glass; while the second features furniture, product and industrial design, spatial design and interiors, graphic design, illustration and animation, motion and digital arts.
Highlights include The New Designer Awards, a celebration of creative excellence and innovation, with accolades presented to the year's most talented graduate designers. At Material Lab, we'll be going around the show, picking out two winners for the Associate Prize – so watch this space for further updates!
Elsewhere, there's the ever popular One Year On, a showcase of designers in their first year of business. We've featured some of their work here, including Brian Wilcox, Lauren Nauman and Lewis Macleod. You can also expect to see friends of Material Lab: Benjamin Craven, Bobenna Design and Theo Riviere. And look out for Aeand Studio too.
We're certainly looking forward to wandering around the Centre to discover the showcase of 75 hotly-tipped emerging designers. Until then, you can find out more at www.newdesigners.com.
Main image: Carmen Machado