Tsunami Axis’ Top 10 Furniture Picks from this years New Designers

New Designers returned to the Business Design Center, London this summer showcasing newly graduated design talent from across the UK. This fantastic event brings together some of the freshest new designers each with their own products, prototypes and pieces including some brilliant items of furniture inspired by up and coming trends. We just couldn’t not share our best bits so, in no particular order here are our top 10 furniture picks.

Kink Easy Chair and High Stool by Mark Hedley – Plymouth University


This unique stool and chair is designed to be easily manufactured. Made from bent steel rod the welded frames are powder coated with a solid wood seat for the stool and moulded ply for the chair.


Sobar Chair by Laurence Organ-Jennings – Nottingham Trent University

A café/bistro style chair, designed for the Nottingham based Café Sobar to expand their playful aesthetic, using bright colours and soft curves. The structure is composed of a tubular steel frame with laminated plywood seat rests.


Tube Line Street Furniture by Lou Corio Randall – Kingston University

This striking bench is just one iteration of the Tube Line “approach” to public furniture, a wide range of objects can be formed using the same continuous curved line from benches to bike racks.


Biophilic Soft Seating by Adam John Rowe – Nottingham Trent University

Biophilic Soft Seating by Adam John Rowe

A great piece for the contract market. This range was inspired by human interaction with nature allowing people to be nomadic, choosing their preferred work environment.


Ayrmer Chair by Alexander Hay – Northumbria University

Alex took a hands-on approach to material exploration and form development leading him to create a customisable chair with two tone fabric options and powder coated frame in any specified colour.


Morf by Lewis Calderwood – Ravensbourne

Winner of the New Designers John Lewis Award For Design And Innovation Morf is a modular sofa system designed for generation rent. Inspired by the modern delivery of vacuum packed mattresses, the sofa utilises a household vacuum cleaner, allowing the sofa to reduce in size to allow easy moving and quick change covers that keep your sofas design up to date.


Erth by Sanelisiwe Mafa – Birmingham University

This project explored the use of natural resources, utilising cow manure to create something both beautiful and sustainable.


The Feminine Awakening table from The Bodhi Range by Zuza Paveley – Sheffield Hallam University

Designed using the Golden ratio the Bodhi range consists of home-ware and furniture beautifully bringing together craftsmanship and a pallet of on trend materials and finishes.


TLC (Table + Light + Chair) by Tom Butterfield – Northumbria University

A unique piece of furniture combining three of the most essential elements in a home – table, light, chair


Inflate by Fern Toynton – Kingston University

A bit of a fun one to finish on! This project looked at inflation as a means of creating a joint or building system.

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