Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

What a Difference a Year Makes; (1) Small del Mar Glass Bowl ([Pounds Sterling]130) by Emmy-Gai Palmer (07967 119052) (2) Wood Lounger by Simon White from the University of Plymouth (3) Giles Wilson-Copp's Ingenious Design for Space-Saving Dining Chairs and Table (4) Liquorice Allsort Stools by Amy Vinn of the University of Lincolnshire

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

What a Difference a Year Makes; (1) Small del Mar Glass Bowl ([Pounds Sterling]130) by Emmy-Gai Palmer (07967 119052) (2) Wood Lounger by Simon White from the University of Plymouth (3) Giles Wilson-Copp's Ingenious Design for Space-Saving Dining Chairs and Table (4) Liquorice Allsort Stools by Amy Vinn of the University of Lincolnshire

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Byline: Corinne Julius

DURING the next two weeks, manufacturers, retailers and other designerswill hotfoot it to Islington to the New Designers exhibition to check out thelatest trends and look for rising stars. Since 1983, when the exhibition waslaunched, 45,000 graduates have taken part. This year also celebrates the lifeof its founder, Peta Levi, who was dedicated to helping young designers. WhenLevi started New Designers in the Eighties there was little acknowledgement ofcraft or design.

Every year certain colleges stand out in particular disciplines. Forhandcrafted furniture, Rycotewood is the place, whereas for more innovativefurniture and products, seek out Buckinghamshire Chilterns University. BCU andSheffield Hallam both have strong silversmithing and metalwork students.Falmouth, Northumbria and Brighton foster inventive approaches to design acrossproducts, furniture and the applied arts, whereas Nottingham Trent, GlasgowSchool of Art and Stockport College are hot on textiles.

Success often depends on how graduates pursue their career. Many set up theirown business, and Levi realised that graduates need help in doing so. Shecreated One Year On, part of New Designers, which showcases students a yearafter graduation.

This year there is an interesting mix of domestic designs. Clare Willard makesunusual cut-out 3D designs in Polyrey laminate and ply to decorate door panels.There is architectural metalwork with a sculptural twist by Ambrose Burne, frombowls to steel Liquorice Allsort stools by Amy Vinn of the University ofLincolnshire ' One Year On a year staircases. Lisa Jane Forrester makessmall-scale sculptural metalwork such as cutlery, stacking silver and rosewoodsalad servers and twisted silver honey spoons. The culinary theme is developedby Luke Khan and Warren Fauvel of Fauvelkhan Design, who make nicely designedplay cooking ranges for children, while Giles Wilson-Copp has interestingspace-saving dining chairs that slot into the table. …

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