New Designer’s 2015 – Part Two

As the degree show season draws to a close, I've chosen three of my top finds from New Designer's Part Two to wrap things up for the Summer. All very different, but give a cross-section of some of the incredible talent that has come through UK Universities this year.

Emma Buckley
Bath School of Art and Design, Bath Spa University
3D Design

Emma experimented with a new process using dyes traditionally used in the textile industry with surprisingly effective results. The range of vessels she produced for her graduate collection have a certain painterly quality with each experimentation producing an unusual one-off piece. It’s fresh, new and interesting colour palette made her work one of my favourite collections this year. http://embuckley.com

Sam Bellamy
Nottingham Trent University
Furniture and Product Design

Having already exhibited at May Design Series this year, and becoming the winner of the Accessories and the People’s Choice Award, I predict big things for Sam. As the names suggests, his graduate collection ‘Moroccan Lamps’ take inspiration from traditional Moroccan lighting. With their roots firmly set in England, each element is handmade in the UK, and with the commerciality of his work already in mind, each is available in a range of made-to-order finishes.

Paige Alexis Jones
University of Portsmouth


Paige Alexis Jones illustrations are quiet, subtle, beautiful and airing on the side of macabre as she explores elements of death and decay. Observations using taxidermy and the animal work for reference, these delicate drawings show a strength and confidence way beyond that of a recent graduate.

And the Nominees Are…

At this Summer's New Designers event we came across a great range of talent, and ear-marked a few designers to get in touch with. One of which, some of you may remember that caught our eye was Clea Jentsch from Kingston University, with her simple, clean lines and pastel shades of her Desk Tidy series.
We just had to sign her up for our online shop, and a month or so later, after catching up with Clea in Shoreditch, we launched her limited edition collection.
Sitting pride of place on our home page, the pieces showcase the simplicity and creativity of working with honest materials and we are pleased to be representing Clea and her collection as she forges her path as a new designer.
Last week we heard from Clea to let us know that she has been shortlisted for the New Design Britain Awards which run in conjunction with INTERIORS UK.
The judges revealed which entrants have made it through to the final, and will be displaying their designs at the UK's definitive trade interiors event where the winners will be announced.
Now in its 10th year, the New Design Britain awards celebrate young design talent, uniquely giving them a platform to industry, like no other trade show. The awards are judged according to four categories: Furniture, Furnishing Accessories, Fabrics and Surfaces. Shortlisted from 150 entries, a list of all the finalists including Clea can be found here.
On the INTERIORS UK facebook page you can vote by liking your favourite designer. You can vote for any of the nominees but of course we would love your support for Clea! Vote here.


And not to give a sales pitch, you can find Clea's shortlisted collection online to buy now, a design classic in the making, we think so!

New Designers, Then & Now…

We wanted to do a double introduction to two new designers, one we met last year, and the other just a few weeks ago, who will soon both be featuring in our shop...

Last year was a busy year for us, and New Designers 2012 brought us our second year of amazingly talented graduates. One in particular that caught our eye was Mairi Burrow.

Mairi's stunning jewellery was one of the highlights as part of the Duncan of Jordanstone stand with her fragile interpretations of Alzheimer's through her work. Poignant and refreshing that such a condition could be the inspiration for her graduate collection.

Having the chance to meet her in person at the time, and arrange to stay in touch, her busy Summer of moving and getting married took precedence. A month into 2013, we met again, and Mairi has been working continuously on a new collection and commissions at her new home in London.

Her new work, which we received a few weeks ago, continues to feature the same intricacy and fragility that we loved last year, and are pleased to be showcasing her work over the coming weeks.

In stark contrast, as New Designers 2013 drew to a close last month, we sent out our emails to a few of our favourites, one being product designer Clea Jentsch.

Although a fresh face to the industry, Clea has already forged links with some of UK's most prominent design stores with her simple yet useful approach to product design. And as a graduate from Kingston, will also be featuring her work during London Design Festival in the Kingston showcase exhibition, Nous.

So of course we are excited to be able to launch her graduate collection of stationary and desk tidying paraphernalia in a limited, hand-made run so soon. The simple, folded steel pieces, powdered-coated in striking minty green will organise the most messy with its minimal lines and playful individuality.

For us, working with new designers whether a few weeks, or a year after making that discovery doesn't hinder the excitement or stunt our enthusiasm, these things can take time, but the time is always right, whenever, wherever it may happen...

Mairi and Clea's work will be available to buy via Look Like Love very soon...