The biggest names in British design pick the up-and-coming talent to watch now…
‘The beauty of Simon Jones Studio’s furniture lies in its intelligent simplicity,’ says Crawford. ‘The practice is built on the creative use of everyday materials, with a strong focus on quality workmanship and careful detail. Its pieces are thoughtful and well produced.’ Working out of its Kentish Town workshop, the brand combines furniture design (‘RK’ table, below) with architectural projects. It has worked on seating for Ikea’s collaboration with Hay, created a display system for the Design Museum, and tables for Sebastian Wrong at Established & Sons. Its new range for Hay will launch this autumn.
‘Yinka’s work tells a playful, humorous story,’ says Adjaye, ‘but look beneath and there’s a real richness and depth.’ London-based designer Ilori’s work is inspired by the African prints and the tales that he grew up with. Whether he’s working on furniture or installations, Ilori’s work sings with colour, energy and a tongue-in-cheek narrative on Nigerian traditions and modern day culture.
‘Daniel is a bright young designer whose work and approach to design I admire a great deal,’ says Conran of Schofield, who creates elegant pieces that focus on beautiful materials and understated shapes. ‘He’s a hands-on problem solver who looks for simple solutions to create clean and beautiful products. He also happens to be an amiable chap, with the strength of character to become one of the leading figures in the British design industry.’ Schofield has just collaborated with The Conran Shop
to produce a furniture collection. The ‘Summit’ side table (below, £395) has a base made from British marble quarried in Plymouth and the Isle of Man.
For more up-and-coming design names, see the winners of the ELLE Decoration British Design Awards 2017