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Trade Show Report: New Designers Show, July 2010

This year’s design graduates enter the jobs market at a very difficult time but we have to say the standard of work was so high at New Designers in London, we doubt these students have anything to worry about. Some will be snapped up as up-coming talent by the best home interior and furniture brands, others will shine as designers in their own right.

The key story this year was that designers addressed function, not decoration, responding to a wider social and cultural trend for simplicity and honesty in design (also seen across finances, food and technology). Designers quite literally laid bare their materials, showing us the nuts and bolts of construction and celebrated the art of manufacture.

Mixed Materials

Mixing different materials was a key trend; such as mixing leather with wood for tables, and mixing different types of wood within a single piece.

Playful Tableware

Despite the seriousness, there were more playful elements evident at the show counteracting the lingering effects of the recession. This trend was big for tableware and textiles.

Space Saving

Saving space was also high on the agenda, as designers battled with the modern problems of multi-generational habitats and redefining personal space in communal areas. Products that folded away, were multi-functional and allowed users personal space in increasingly cramped homes featured heavily. Furniture designer-maker, Eiry Rock  also took inspiration from the growing kids furniture market, and showed space-saving kids furniture with an adult design aesthetic.

New Clean Lines

Angular shapes dominated the show as we saw increasing evidence of a cleaner linear form starting to infiltrate homeware. Multiplied patterns and intricate repeat prints sat alongside hard-edges, defined and geometric shapes, as predicted in our Autumn Winter 2010 forecast.

Crafted

Objects that are humble, tactile and rustic reflect a bigger picture trend for hand-crafted and home made goods. This trend was particularly big for ceramics.

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Trend Bible Radar: Deadgood

We love to keep our eye on local designers and follow their progress, and one Newcastle-based brand that’s grown from strength to strength is  deadgood . We first spotted deadgood as graduates a few years back, then saw them exhibit at the prestigious 100% Design show in London. Founded by two Northumbria University graduates in 2004, Elliott and Dan have earned the reputation for offering classic and contemporary home furnishing in fresh and inspiring new styles. We’ve spotted their work in every store worth being in, from Liberty to Heal’s.

Images above: deadgood

We love the doodle chair below, which is a collaboration between the deadgood duo and the artist Jon Burgerman. They asked him to develop a print which represented Britain, and he came up with the fab doodle below, with the humorous cartoon like doodles of the queen,  the british flag and other witty illustrations combined into this abstract piece of artwork.

Images above: deadgood

Our favorite pieces  have to be the ‘love collection’, produced in collaboration with North-East based furniture retailer Barker and Stonehouse. This four piece collection compromises a heart shaped mirror, a console table, and our fave, a 100% pure wool upholstered lounge love chair accessorized with heart shaped buttons. Already clearing a space in the studio…this chair is a must-have!

Images above; deadgood

In addition to the furniture are these fantastic wire lights, below, available in bespoke colours. Images above; deadgood

Keep up the good work boys it’s great to see you doing so well.

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