January means the to-do lists come out in earnest, (as if they ever really get put away!) and all ideas seem renewed, looking at them with fresh eyes. After a busy and productive 2014, my mind is literally fizzing with the prospect of the coming year and all the plans, ideas and projects waiting in the wings.
Always at the top of my list is to find new talent from across the U.K, and with the recent release of the independent biannual magazine Fiera from Confessions of a Design Geek founder Katie Treggidan, there is a fresh crop of design talent brought to the attention of the masses.
Having read the first issue from cover to cover, here are a few of my top U.K-based picks…
A recent graduate from Camberwell College of Art, Rhian has a unique approach to her ceramic designs. After throwing the simple vessels, she invites people to shape each one with their hands to create one-off distorted, tactile pieces.
Using a classic blue and white willow pattern following the unique contours, Rhian has created a bold collection with its roots in individuality and expression.
The strength of her work really shines through when viewed together, with each piece having its own unique story to tell.
Having finished an MA in Textile Design at the Royal College of Art, Beatrice has crafted a collection of beautifully simple, yet bold designs.
Based in London, she uses traditional weaving techniques alongside her hand drawings to create soft-focus contemporary, geometric designs.
Beatrice works closely with a mill in Yorkshire through each stage of production, to manufacture woven blankets and throws not only maintaining a strong link with traditional techniques and methods, but sees the importance of working with a U.K based company. This personal touch is evident with each throw using the finest wools for the ultimate soft and cosy finish.
Wanting to follow her passion, London-born Jodie went from Law to Furniture design, learning her craft at London College of Furniture.
Jodie’s designs combine traditional craftsmanship with simplicity to create quality contemporary pieces, and she has been lucky enough to work with some of the U.Ks best manufacturers including Benchmark and Parker Knoll, forming a strong portfolio of work.
I’m loving her Nymph occasional table in particular with modern lines and contemporary detailing combining both solid oak and ash.
Founded in 2013 by creative partners Spandana Gopal and Andre Pereira, Tiipoi is based on a less is more approach, with their simple and beautiful designs inspired by the Indian subcontinent ethos, where nothing is wasted and where improvisation come from a lack of something rather than an abundance of it.
Living in a world of built-in obsolescence and a throw-away attitude, their material approach to design focuses on quality and longevity, something that grows and changes, ages and becomes more precious over time.
Using predominantly copper and brass combined with wood and glass their timeless collection is luxurious, yet humble, and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.
These are just a few of my favourite designers from the first issue of Fiera. Katie’s new approach to putting all her discoveries from across the globe in one place, is a great way to celebrate new design talent that may have otherwise been overlooked. This now permanent record now brings them to the forefront, to be appreciated and celebrated.
“New designers still believe in the impossible - a crucial trait if design is going to help solve the problems, large and small, that we face today.” - Katie Treggiden
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