New Designers 2016

New Designers showcases the fresh-thinking and innovation of 3,000 brilliant graduate designers from Britain’s leading design courses. This year G Plan got in on the action and attended the event held at the Business Design Centre in Islington to be inspired by fresh ideas and discover new design talent.

New Designers Islington London

We also sponsored an Associate Award, presenting a prize to the design graduate who we felt best demonstrated excellence in exciting new furniture design.

New Designers 2016


We spent the day looking around the exhibits and talking to the furniture designers about their work. Here are a few of our favourite pieces…

Tily Desk Furniture New Designers

Adaptable Tilt Desk by Kimberly Wong designed to counter problems associated with static classroom furniture and sedentary lifestyles.

Chairs New Designers

Fun, bold and playful design inspired by crochet from Veega Tankun.


Simple and smart, the Wire Series Coffee Table by George Riding encourages interaction with the user.

Table Furniture New Designers 2016

A beautifully upholstered bench which can be used in a variety of ways, by Hannah Foat.

Furniture New Designers 2016

These designs show craftsmanship with a delightful attention to detail, by Alexander Gay.

Study Seat New Designers

A beautifully designed and crafted lounge seat designed for open-plan study areas, by Jess Parsons.


The G Plan Associate Prize

G Plan seek to inspire and support the next generation of furniture designers in creating beautiful, practical furniture for life as modern people actually live it. We wanted to celebrate the work of a designer who has shown skills in the following areas:

            – Beautiful design in terms of sense of proportion, form, colour and texture

            – Commerciality and understanding of the market and costs

            – A well thought through and strong design solution

            – Understanding of materials and how they’ve been used

            – How does it make life better

Our Winner

The G Plan Associate prize was awarded to Hannah Foat from Bucks New University for her elegant, multi-functional, adaptable day bed.

Hannah Foat Award New Designers

Hannah’s design is inspired by outdoor furniture and made from solid wood and canvas materials to give it a relaxed, outdoorsy feel. Reversible cushions allow the user to change the mood of a room with different colours. There are holes around the wooden frame and adjustable belts on the canvas back which can be moved to create a left or right corner sofa. The back can be removed completely to make a bed.

New Designers G Plan

Mark Hales, Design Director at G Plan says; “We felt that Hannah’s daybed is an elegant and beautifully simple, multi-functional piece of furniture design. Her design is well thought through, making use of simple, honest, low-tech functionality that works really well. It has a relaxed informal style suitable for modern flexible living. She also displays a high level of craftsmanship in making her daybed and good understanding of materials and choice of colour palette.”

New Designers 2016 Blog G Plan Award Winner

Hannah received a £300 cash prize, plus the opportunity to come and spend a day with the design team at G Plan HQ where she will gain insight into the design and development process and advice on bringing a design to market. Congratulations Hannah!

See more from Hannah on her website:

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