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special report: new designers exhibition

New Designers 01

d*s correspondent laurence was kind enough to cover the new designers exhibition in london for us and send some pictures of her favorite pieces. the show looks like it was awesome (man i wish i could have been there!) and laurence adds, "the show was quite fun and seemed successful for the students; there were excellent showings from everyone but particularly from northumbria and manchester metropolitan university." so sit back and enjoy the fantastic student work- i've included links to designers wherever possible. thanks again to laurence for all her hard work! [i'm closing up early today so i'll see you sunday with some modern garden finds, and i'll be sending out the newsletter this weekend as well, so sorry for the delay!]

Makiko Sanabe 01

[tiles by makiko sanabe of london metropolitan u]

Daniel A Ashley 01 - Silhouette Radiator

[silhouette radiator by daniel a ashley of central st. martin's. the decorative patterns are actually the heat elements]

Rebecca Livesley 01

Rebecca Livesley 02

[insanely cool birdhouse/feeders by rebecca livesley of northumbria]

Susannah Clarke 01 - SiMPLE hub

[simple hob by susannah clarke of imperial college london. the flexible plastic hob hides wires beneath the silicone pattern that can be heated to create a cooking element! so cool!]

Geoff Machen 01

[geoff machen of northumbria's dining chairs. tres cool]

Jon Harrison 02 - Kyosoku

[jon harrison's armrest/table]

Richard Sweeny 01

[richard sweeny's paper sculpture. richard is from manchester metropolitan]

Shiv Kumar 01 - Reveal coffee table

[shiv kumar's reveal table]

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

the cool birdhouses is wonderful!

9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi--these are amazing! Do you have any idea how to order some of these pieces? Especially the radiator by daniel a ashley. I love it and we are looking for new ones for our apartment...amazing!

Great work--thanks for sharing!

9:09 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

this is student work so i'm not sure if it's even in production. i haven't been able to find information on the radiator yet...


9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The radiator is absolutely amazing. Just beautiful. I love the chairs also.

I really like the birdhouses a lot, but birds are often turned away at bright colors.

9:54 AM  
Blogger bowie style said...

wow, designsponge covers everything. ive been going to new designers for the last five years and its become an absolute 'must see'. we find many of our employees and freelancers there.
most of the designs on display are the students 'final major project', so wont be in production yet. however all the right people attend this show, so theres a good chance the designs will be picked up.

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

loooooove it!

10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is off-topic, but I can't seem to find it in past posts (if it was discussed at all)--hubby and I are going to London/Paris in the fall to relive our study abroad days (he studied in Londong, I in Paris)...but neither of us ever had to stay in a hotel back then. If you would recommend your hotel from Paris, would you mind sharing the info? We're thinking about staying in the 6th b/c it was always my fave arrondisement but up for all recommendations.

2:36 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

hi, i don't think we ever did hotel recs and i certainly wouldn't suggest mine, but if anyone has any suggestions, feel free to suggest below.


3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that radiator is gorgeous. but i'm skeptical, does it really work? what is it made of and how hot can it get?

i'm curious...please find out more info!

3:56 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


these are student projects so i'm not sure how much more practical info we can get. according to the description:

"Silhouette Radiator -made of ceramic glass. The decoration on the pannels is also the heating element - a circuit screen printed in a silver paste onto the glass before firing"

That's all I've got for now, but I have a gut feeling we'll see this in production soon. And then in all the design mags like Metropolis, Dwell and Domino.


5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for the info. i guess we'll wait and see what the production version looks like along with its hefty price tag to match.

is it me or does there seems to be an interest in radiators lately? like that one droog rococo radiator. maybe we'll see more radiators in the near future?! wouldn't that be a funny trend...;)

6:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

those tiles are awesome!! i can imagine they'd be quite hard to clean though hehe

7:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Super ... Super ... Super!!!

6:02 AM  
Blogger Abigail A. Percy said...

So glad you featured this show!! I took part in week One of New Designers {jewellery, textiles, fashion}..it was a great show indeed!! Absolutely HUGE..you would have had a field day Grace! :)

2:06 PM  
Blogger IMEDAGOZE said...

I love love love those tiles!!

10:06 PM  

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