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Fledglings: UAL Design Graduates

Written by Anna Castleton
Published date 02 September 2014

 

Fledglings is one of the freshest and most exciting events in designjunction 2014. Showcasing the work of a selection of graduates from London’s most creative design courses (BA 3D Design at Camberwell College of Arts, MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture and Jewellery at Central Saint Martins and BA Sculpture at Wimbledon College of Arts), the Fledglings stand presents these graduates as budding design professionals.

Works ranging across the spectrum of design will be showcased in this vibrant and engaging display. Products that are ready to be taken to the market will be seen alongside more experimental approaches. These include Katharina Gross’s wax made furniture and Dunia Tigris’s Lone Diner project that uses marquetry juxtaposed with construction grade
materials.

Deceptively simple design coupled with wit, imagination and craft all feature in the Fledglings’ work. Si Taylor makes exquisite bespoke bicycle-inspired furniture, from steel bicycle tubing and saddle leather. His Randonneur Chair will be shown alongside Sophia Mepham’s Equilibrium, a well-crafted high-end wooden bench made out of oak and meranti that eases into the form of the human body when you sit on it.

Many of the graduates have already gained media interest, including Gigi Barker (9191 Studio), who makes skin-like furniture that mimics roles of fat. Meanwhile designers and makers Happenstance Workshop who will be showing their SACK System are currently in talks with an online retailer to stock their work.

Designjunction is the most important global meeting point of the London Design Festival and a selection of the participants work in Fledglings relates back to their homelands. Ana Jiménez Palomar’s wooden furniture is made from extracting and analysing the traditional extravagant Mexican mask culture, while Yoshika Kobayashi’s sophisticated designs draw on her Japanese heritage.

Fledglings:
Gigi Barker, Erika Braccini, Katharina Gross, Jungeun Han, Ana Jiménez Palomar, Yoshika Kobayashi, Rie Machii, Rhian Malin, Sophia Mepham, , Evodokia Savva, Si Taylor, Dunia Tigris, Amanda Tong, Jordan Watson.

Designjunction 2014, 18-21 September.