It’s been a busy week for the judges in our New Design Britain competition. Earlier this week, six industry experts gathered at the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers to decide on this year’s finalists. Sorting through more than 150 submissions, after much deliberation four finalists were selected in each of the competition’s four categories – furniture, fabrics, surfaces and accessories.
For designer Rob Scarlett, one of this year’s judges and the winner of the first New Design Britain, it was all about finding designs that stood out from the pack. “I’m looking for originality,” he said of his selection criteria. “Which is hard to do because everyone’s trying to be original. But as a designer, that’s what I’m looking for.”
The calibre of entries was particularly strong this year, with many entrants experimenting with new technologies and methods in their designs. “There’s a good mix, and some interesting processes coming through,” said Elaine Boyle, furniture buyer at Heal’s, who judged the furniture and accessories submissions. “It’s nice to see a lot of experimentation and fun within the entries.”
The sixteen finalists will display their work in Hall 2 at INTERIORS UK, with the winning design in each category announced on Monday 20th January at the show. “The title of New Design Britain winner will definitely help these designers to stand out,” said Anna Rigby, furniture buyer at John Lewis, who judged the Surfaces and Accessories categories. “It’s a platform to making the next step in a career in design.”
The finalists in the 2013 New Design Britain competition are:
Elizabeth Ret , You Have Been Framed, desk chair
Joe Buttigieg, Tess chair
Alexander Mueller, Woven easy chair
Charlotte Millett, Burst
John Hollington, Elica pendant light
Juliette Bigley, Whirling beakers
Bilge Nur Saltik, Share food containers
Clea Jentsch, Desk tidy
Clair Whyman, Urban Perspectives
Chloe Atkins, Hunger Games
Liz Ramsey, Cool Heat
Joanna Hughes, Geometric Constructions
Rebecca Tudor-Price, Barbules Paradise
Rosie Cook, Futures Brights
Elizabeth-Jane Winstanley, Illusions
Seema Shah, Wooden Tiles
Congratulations to all that made it through! Stay tuned to INTERIORS UK over the coming weeks as we profile each of this year’s finalists and share the stories behind their designs. We will also be inviting our readers to vote for their favourite designs in the People’s Choice award, to be presented live at the show. More will be revealed shortly.
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