Colin Westeinde

Rhode Island School of Design, US

The ‘Platypus’ light owes its name to the subtly zoomorphic shape of its shade, which can be placed anywhere on the pole via magnets. Westeinde’s steel and maple lamp features a recyclable, long-lasting OLED panel and was designed with Caroline Bagley. coand.ca

Elinor Portnoy

Royal College of Art, UK

At the RCA, Portnoy’s interest in materials and craft grew into a passion for glass. She was inspired by the natural formation of gems and precious stones to create her decorative objects, which are marbled and then cut and polished to mimic the colour and texture of crystal. elinorportnoy.com

Nai-Dan Chang

Design Academy Eindhoven, Netherlands

The concept of atmosphere in interior spaces inspired Chang’s ‘Light of Colour’ collection. Pieces such as this shelving unit feature neon-bright hues diffused by translucent panels, giving them a surreal glow. naidanchang.com

Derya Arpac

Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts

‘Intentionally Non-Intentional’ is a set of round containers made from stone, terracotta, marble and wood. The boxes can be disassembled, encouraging the use of their constituent parts to display, conceal and arrange precious items. deryaarpac.com

Frederikke Sophie Baastrup

Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Denmark

The ‘Era’ table reveals Baastrup’s research into textiles and table decoration. The base features a reversible fabric cover, while napkins can be hung from a rail beneath the top. These details allow the character of the piece to change according to the occasion. frederikkebaastrup.dk

Philipp von Hase

Academy of Art and Design, Norway

Von Hase created his ‘Omera’ stackable stool with woodturner Timothée Boyat. With metal pegs to anchor its legs, the piece is made of Norwegian oak and merbau, a tropical wood reclaimed by the designer at Bergen docks. philippvonhase.com

Minni Sirelä

Aalto University, Finland

The ‘Aita’ shelving unit comprises a stark black grid over a panel in shades of grey. This solid birch and plywood structure was created by Sirelä in her final year, as she experimented with different types of wood. minnisirela.com

Fenella Osborne

Royal College of Art, UK

Osborne uses colour to investigate the properties of glass. Her decorative objects feature optical glass, dichroic films and a variety of coating techniques, creating a feast of hues and reflections. The designer’s aim is to combine her visual arts practice with scientific research. fenellaosborne.com

William Keenlyside

Kingston University, UK

Keenlyside’s ‘Pour Man’s Stool’ has its roots in traditional craftsmanship. Made with no screws, the piece is held together by pewter cast into walnut. The pewter, the designer explains, ‘not only has a structural purpose, but also gives the piece its defining aesthetic feature’. williamkeenlyside.com

Vera Panichewskaja

Beckmans College of Design, Sweden

The influence of art deco and 1970s interiors is visible in Panichewskaja’s ‘Salominka’ shelf, an asymmetrical wooden composition with a motif referencing Belarusian art, crafts and folklore. Translucent paint allows the texture of the timber to emerge. verapanichewskaja.com

Eszter Mikola

Moholy-Nagy University, Hungary

Mikola’s ‘Modulum’, as the name suggests, is a modular system of glass and wooden elements that can be combined to create a versatile lamp. Every part of the ‘lamp body’ can be moved for either aesthetic purposes or to control the brightness of the light. mieszt@gmail.com

Elodie Rampazzo

École Bleue, France

Rampazzo’s award-winning lightweight desk can be completely disassembled, hence its name, ‘Nomad’. Made from leather, oak and steel, it can be customised with modules that include trays, a mirror and a magazine rack. elodierampazzo.com

Mariano Gemmo

Folkwang University, Germany

This sleep machine creates rhythmic noise that acts as a tranquilliser. ‘The object must be activated for a session of late-evening work,’ Gemmo says. ‘After a set period of time, the object will start to remind you to end your day by using hypnotic sounds to initiate your sleep.’ marianogemmo.de

Eva Fly

Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Denmark

This lamp balances on a half-sphere, emitting a soft glow. Fly studied character-driven design for her collection of interior products, which is inspired by characters from Tintin comics and also features a chair and a mirror. evafly.dk

Aija Hannula

Aalto University, Finland

Hannula explores modernist aesthetics, using steel and MDF to create furniture with striking silhouettes. Her ‘L2’ chair has a minimal steel frame with a black plywood seat and a slanted panel serving as a backrest. cargocollective.com/aijahannula

Mark Laban

Central Saint Martins, UK

Laban’s furniture explores themes of traditional and contemporary craft, as well as the contrast between natural and artificial. His ‘Rustic Bench 1.0’ is made of solid maple; smooth surfaces contrast with relief texture motifs to the back and underneath. marklaban.com

Roi Tsemach

Bezalel Academy, Jerusalem

The straightforward design of Tsemach’s ‘Rising 30’ desk hides a gas-piston-powered mechanism that allows the user to choose whether to sit or stand. With one simple movement, the height of the platform can be raised or lowered. roitsm@gmail.com

Gonzalo Lopez

Central Saint Martins, UK

Lopez’s glass-topped ‘Moho’ table features a slot into which an agar mix can be poured; mould cultures then create unexpected patterns beneath the glass. Table tops can be cast in resin to preserve a particular mould design. gonzalolopezdesign.com