Each year New Design Britain discovers, presents and celebrates young talent in the UK by awarding up-and-coming designers through a range of categories – all now with the added bonus of bring designers to the forefront of the international design industry, at its new home in London ExCeL.
Past New Design Britain award winners at the show will include James Harrison, Rob Scarlett, Daniel Schofield, Alex Macmaster, Limahl Asmall, Jason Heap, Jennifer Jones, and Henoc Maketo, presenting the opportunity for visitors to see the positive effects this award accolade has had on these young designers’ lives and careers.
After winning the Furniture Category in 2013 with his Shifty Desk, Daniel Schofield has since gone on to have his work featured in Heal's, and he has designed products for Deadgood. He says of participating: “Winning New Design Britain was a really proud moment, one of the highlights of my career so far. It’s been really positive and opened a lot of doors – I think people pay a bit more attention if you have won awards!”
Rob Scarlett is a familiar face among the New Design Britain team, even judging the awards in between setting up his own design studio, Scarlett Designs. On his win at the start of the competition over 10 years ago, he says: “I think I was a bit blase at the time, but looking back it was a massive stepping stone for me. The winning prize was a work placement which led to a freelance position and then eventually a permanent place.”
Only this January, Charlotte Millett won the Furniture category of the awards with her innovative Burst Chair. Upon winning, Charlotte said: “It’s such a great accolade and makes all the hard work worthwhile. It’s great that the show supports emerging young design talent.”
Join the New Design Britain alumni on stand on Monday 19th May to see their latest works and find out more about the 2015 edition of the awards.