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New Designers

Who has the most stylish press office in London? Why it’s Four Colman Getty at New Designers 2015! Furniture for the space, including a beautiful wooden table by Bethan Gray, has been supplied by past exhibitors from the show who are now working with John Lewis and Deadgood.

Arguably the UK’s most important event for emerging design, the 30th edition of New Designers was opened on Wednesday evening by Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum.

The evening also saw prizes awarded to talented graduates from sponsors including The Goldsmith’s Company, Harlequin, John Lewis, Sanderson, Tigerprint and Wilko, with some of the winners interviewed for London Live by design writer Amira Hashish.

Four Colman Getty has also been using the anniversary to highlight the essential role that New Designers plays in the annual cycle of the design world and design led-businesses, providing fresh talent ready for recruitment, year-on-year. Since February, a social media campaign with the hashtag #ND30yrs has been encouraging alumni from the show to get in touch and tell everyone about the career it helped to kick-start. Then on the day of opening, Design Week reported on our survey revealing that four out of five of the 3,000 graduates are confident of finding employment in their first year, and expect to be earning £25,000 within five years.

Chris, Rosie, James and Arthur have also been working hard to get the message out that design graduates are some of the most entrepreneurially minded, with over half expecting to be self-employed in five years’ time. Features on the fledging businesses selected for One Year On at New Designers have appeared in The Independent, London Evening Standard and The Times, with further coverage lined-up his week in The Metro and Financial Times.

Part 2 of the show, opened tomorrow by Max Fraser, runs from 1-4 July with a focus on furniture, product, spatial and graphic design, as well as illustration, animation and digital arts. Further awards will be presented on Wednesday evening by sponsors including Hallmark, Sky and Virgin Atlantic.

Do drop by and say hello to the team on our Deadgood sofa.

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