out and about :: new designers one year on

Katie | August 27, 2012

Close up of pattern on a builders merchants sack

After the fabulously talented top ten from New Designers last week, here are my top three from New Designers One Year On. This is the section of the show that focuses on designers who either graduated a year ago, or have been in business for less than a year. Curated by Jethro Macey, the selection committee also included David Nicholls, Design Editor for the Daily Telegraph, Beatrice Mayfield, Maker Development Manager at the Crafts Council and Karoline Newman, Director of Articulate Communication.

It was very tough to select my favourite three designers, but here they are. First up, Danny Duquemin-Sheil (aka DDQ Design Ltd) and his One Ton Bags.

close up of clasp, three bags and close up of pattern with DDQ label

Danny’s bags are made from salvaged builders merchant one ton delivery sacks, which are otherwise disposed after one use. I’ve seen bags made from recycled things before, but I particularly liked the fact these rescued something with such a short life. They are of course very hard-wearing and so fit for purpose – and I love the designs. They just need slightly longer handles and I’ll be first in the queue to buy one when they go on sale.

Close up of a cushion design - a line drawing of Brighton Pier in navy on white

I’m a bit of a tomboy, so I’m not usually drawn to the ‘cushions and curtains’ side of interior design, however, Joanna Corney‘s range with its hand illustrated seaside vistas captured my Cornish heart.

Wide angle shot of Brighton cushion pictures above, close-up of wallpaper with hand drawn lamposts and cushions with drawing of Brighton Pavilion

And I’ve really saved the best until last. Products like this one are the reason I love my job – when I see something this perfect, this beautiful, (and frankly, this geeky!), I really can’t describe the feeling I get, but it’s a lot like being five years old on Christmas eve.

Beautiful bottom heavy floor lamp described below

I love the smooth heavy concrete base, I love the shape of the wood, I love the metal joints which give it an almost mechanical feel, I love the red flex, I love the contrast between the materials… I just love it! And I’m very excited about visiting Felix McCormack‘s studio, which is on a farm in deepest darkest Cornwall, for a follow up creative spaces post.

Further reading for the especially geeky:

Further Reading for the Especially Geeky ::

Founding Editor – Katie Treggiden

Having established confessions of a design geek in 2010, Katie Treggiden has gone on to a career in design journalism, writing for titles such as The Guardian, The Telegraph, Elle Decoration, Stylist, Design Milk and Ideal Home. In 2014, she launched Fiera, an independent magazine dedicated to discovering new talent at the world’s design fairs. Her second book, Makers of East London, was published in 2015.

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