As we mentioned earlier in the month, London will host this week the New Designers Event! That’s right, every year many of the world’s most respected brands flock to New Designers in search of the fresh minds and radical imaginations that will fuel their creative futures.
For 2018, each week of the two-week event will be opened by a design trailblazer, with textile legend Orla Kiely officially launching Week One (27–30 June), and pioneering industrial designer Benjamin Hubert kicking off Week Two (4–7 July).
This year, 43 design-dependent global businesses and organizations are supporting the New Designers mission as event sponsors and associates. Many are providing monetary rewards and/or once-in-a-lifetime experiences for the 58 Awards and Associate Prizes that New Designers bestows upon the most impressive graduate talents and emerging design enterprises.
These range from £1,000 cash awards to a year’s paid placement with Sainsbury’s Home and Argos Home and a unique opportunity to visit LEGO design studios in Denmark.
It’s an unmissable opportunity for all those amazing new Designers that will present their amazing work at this prestigious event! These awards will be judged by a panel of industry leaders, including interior designer Sophie Robinson, design writer and curator Max Fraser, Kenwood CEO Mark Welch, Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company Michael Prideaux, Chairman of Wilko Lisa Wilkinson, Joseph Joseph CEO and co-founder Richard Joseph and more.
The awards will be presented on both weeks of New Designers at Awards Preview evenings on Wednesday 27 June and Wednesday 4 July, 6-9pm with complimentary gin cocktails courtesy of Scottish craft distiller Carounn Gin. The full list of awards and prizes can be found at newdesigners.com/awards.