Thanks go to Catherine Aitken for telling me about this which I was delighted to visit as it showed work by recent graduates and young designers. As ever, I selected a few to share with you here. The title reflects that these are all new ideas still under development, a collection of samples if you like.
Catherine Aitken has used binding and stitching to create these lightweight stacking stools. Her first order is from the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop with her ultimate aim being commercial production by a furniture company.
Marina Dragomirova and Iain Howlett chose to look at the re-use of glass items found in junk and charity shops reconfigured with LED elements to create new lights. I can already visualise a huge chandelier in some hotel lobby or restaurant.
Sebastian Cox is on a mission to push the boundaries of his favourite material, coppiced hazel, widely available in the UK but not commercially exploited in furniture. His work exploits kerfs, slices of hazel with the bark still on, to produce sturdy yet flexible pieces using only dowels and joinery.