We recently showed you the best green designs featured at London’s New Designers Graduate Show. Our top picks included some of the newest and most innovative sustainable works from around the UK, but with so many amazing pieces on show, we knew we had to do a second post! Taking place annually in the massive Business Design Centre in Islington, the famed UK design event features the work of 3,500 graduates of various design disciplines, including products, furniture, fashion, jewelry, textiles, ceramics and graphics. Jump ahead to see more of their amazing work, and be sure to check out our first post here if you missed it!
Produced by free hand steam bending of local Ash, ‘Florence’ table by University of Plymouth graduate Yvette Cox dances its way into sculptural design while being functional and unique at the same time.
Inspired by the shape of rose petals, this low-energy hanging luminaire made from aluminium and a universal fitting was CNC machined by its own designer, Emma Domleo.
Adam Jenkins created a sleek, recycled and light aluminum horticultural organizer that combines traditional garden tools with modern design. A convenient cart makes strolling along big gardens or allotments easy.
Designed for interaction and as a social experiment for connecting the digital and physical communities, @tweetingseat by Chris McNicholl, is a park bench that takes pictures and uploads them to a Twitterfeed every time someone sits down on it.
In order to make night cycling safer, product designer Frankie Chan designed a brilliant bike full of eco-friendly LED lights for improved visibility on every front.
Inspired by traditional pipe fittings and created with the aim of pushing forward Britain’s classic porcelain craft, Madrid-born designer Ornella Stocco created Underconstruction, a system of delicate white and blue decorated joints for building DIY furniture.
Bow is an FSC elm and ash chair by Nottingham Trent-trained Jennifer McDowell. The idea was born out of traditional green woodworking techniques used for Robin Hood’s bows and arrows, where the freshly cut wood bends into shape without the need of electricity to fashion them.
Also fresh from Nottingham Trent University is Benjamin Childs. Childs presented a chopping board with a scale underneath to encourage users to weigh ingredients and assist them with planning healthy meals. The design even comes with a shopping list option, resulting in a more conscious and economical food shopping.
Designer-maker Dan Murley created a ‘no glue no screw’ steam bent lamp by sourcing his University’s workshop for ash leftovers and upcycling a Chinese-lantern basket.
‘Mind your behavior’ is a real-time electricity-monitoring device, shaped like a house and designed by Elle Tweedy. The design encourages children to use energy responsibly and to be conscious of their behavior.
Natalie Brady’s Bubble and Squeak’ is terracotta stool and vegetable storage all in one. The seat keeps vegetables fresh for longer than simply setting them outside the fridge.
Inspired by a research on early limb prosthetics, Camberwell College of Art graduate Alan Harris combines fast-growing bamboo and re-appropriated disused Victorian components to build his prehistoric lamp with a quirky aesthetic.
Inspired by the culture of recovery and reuse seen in her native Beirut city, Niloufar Afnan designed a series of stools and tables from scrap materials and found furniture parts.
The last eco-design product we would like to show you was found in this year’s New Designers Show’s bathroom! It was a nice surprise to discover and try the fastest, most hygienic hand dryer that uses up to 80% less energy than conventional warm air hand dryers: Dyson’s Airblade. Not a new design, but loved nonetheless!
Photo © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat