Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Where to Buy from the Top New Designers; Hotfoot It to N1 and See Work by Graduates in Architecture, Textiles, Ceramics, Furniture, Glass, Jewellery and Fashion. by Barbara Chandler

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Where to Buy from the Top New Designers; Hotfoot It to N1 and See Work by Graduates in Architecture, Textiles, Ceramics, Furniture, Glass, Jewellery and Fashion. by Barbara Chandler

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Byline: Barbara Chandler

THE New Designers of 2017 are in town, setting up camp at Business Design Centre in Islington until Saturday. In this important annual showcase for emerging design, more than 3,000 new graduates from 200 British colleges display their final work, from architecture, interiors, textiles, fashion and jewellery to illustration, furniture, ceramics and glass. A special room on the first floor is for "One Year On" graduates who have made it to market. Their work is for sale, so it's your chance to buy into fresh talent. Here, we focus on six of them.

Visit newdesigners.com; tweet #ND17 FROM MECHANIC TO MUM THE CERAMICIST FOR Cisca Collins, above, trading as Cisca Jane, glaze is the magic that makes her porcelain pieces special, whether slip cast or thrown. She uses a unique "crystalline" type.

The ceramic artist's experiences include a mechanics apprenticeship aged 16. She has also worked with excluded schoolchildren, practised sports massage and has three children. A BA in design crafts from De Montfort University, Leicester, led her to create the lovely vessels and wall art on show at One Year On. Prices from PS20 to PS3,000.

ciscajane.com INSPIRED BY TV SITCOM, A COMPACT SOFA PERFECT FOR SMALL FLATS MATTHEW POPE, 24, was a product and furniture design student at Nottingham Trent University when he saw an episode of Friends on TV in which Ross was trying to shift a bulky sofa up a flight of stairs.

Pope's design for a sofa that could be split into parts was born. He took it to New Designers last summer, and won a prize to exhibit at 100% Design in the autumn. Since then, he's found a UK manufacturer and designed another modular sofa, the Topi, which is more compact and has a choice of distinctive removable covers for each section. Pope is perched on a Topi, above, which is on display at One Year On. "I'm aiming particularly at people who live in small flats," he says. "My sofa can go with you when you move." He loves to solve problems, and more designs are in the pipeline. The Topi sofa starts from about PS1,000.

mattefurniture.com Elegant pieces for shiny, happy homes GEORGE RIDING, 24, graduated in 3D design at Northumbria University where he is now a designer in residence, though he craves a studio in London. His pieces include this elegant indoor watering vessel, right, with a long spout for less mess. …

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