Simon Kinneir

Royal College of Art, UK

Simon Kinneir’s jug is part of a range of kitchen products designed to give sensory feedback for people with impaired vision. ‘You can see the jug filling up but also feel it – the weight gives the jug movement, tipping it forwards onto the black frame.’

Carolina Zamboni Peraca

Central Saint Martins, UK

Brazilian ceramics graduate Carolina Zamboni Peraca fashioned a series of standout vases in muted shades and modern marble effects. The latter she achieved mixing body stain with porcelain, slip moulded into a unique result. Inspired by her travels around the world, her shapes are organic yet angular and her work focuses on the beauty and simplicity of form and functionality.

Yong Jeong

Konkuk University, Korea

Yong Jeong’s ‘Queen’ chair, made from tropical sepetir hardwood, is designed to reinterpret traditional Korean furniture, where beauty is deemed to come from the gracefulness of the curve and the simplicity of the structure.

Photography: Michael Bodiam

Nick Ross

Konstfack, Sweden

’A Mirror Darkly’ (pictured top) plays with misconceptions and the way we see the past. Influenced by a theory that bowls of water might have been used as mirrors in the Stone Age, Nick Ross asks, ‘Is this a new object, or an old one reinvented?’

Hanna Anonen

Aalto University, Finland

Designed to bring warmth to a chilly Finnish balcony or porch, the ‘Ripsiraita’ rug, inspired by rag rug patterns, is both an insulator on a cold floor and a practical, colourful alternative to plastic weatherproof mats.

Photography: Riikka Katinkoski

Abe Kenji

Tama University, Japan

Abe Kenji graduated from Tokyo’s Tama University with a mini furniture set. Using metalwork techniques from the Japanese manufacturer Mogi Seisakusho, he fashioned the stainless steel Limber bench and stool with bends and waves that lend it extra strength and an unusually light expression. The outdoor pieces comprise sandblasted tops with mirrored sides that reflect surrounding light to enhance bends in the steel.

Gil Muller

Camberwell College of Art, UK

Swiss-born Gil Muller trained at Camberwell College of Art and now bases himself between Berlin and London, where his ’Antennae’ side table is already available through the Do Shop. Inspired by ’how objects adapt and respond to their environment in playful and unexpected ways’, the characterful piece can function as a kitchen stool, bathroom shelf or bedside table.

Darryl Agawin

Emily Carr University, Canada

This three-piece work space-cum-workout space was designed around the busy schedule of the modern professional. ’No Sweat!’ takes a charming set of office furniture in the 1980s Memphis style and transforms it with a few quick motions into a miniature gym that pinpoints the aches and pains of the typical desk-worker and accommodates the necessary equipment to help erase them.

Emina Sulejmani

The Academy of Fine Arts Sarajevo, Bosnia

Sarajevo-born Emina Sulejmani honed her talent for theatre and film sets, costumes and furniture design at The Academy of Fine Arts. Her ’Nukku’ is a folding desktop divider providing serious aesthetics along with privacy from copycat workmates. Based on a simple origami folding technique, it can be adjusted to make a work ’cave’, hide clutter or organise books, files and stationery.

Kevin Callaghan

Royal College of Art, UK

We’re not entirely sure why we love Kevin Callaghan’s slightly alien sculptures, but we do. The Royal College of Art graduate is inspired by his interest in science fiction and geometry, as well as artists such as Liam Gillick and Donald Judd and the Utopian writings of Gillick. ’Off The Planet’, a slip-cast ceramic piece, is from a series of objects constructed and assembled during Callaghan’s MA in ceramics and glass.

Victor Johansson

Central Saint Martins, UK

The ’Ceramic Stereo’ by Victor Johansson made a lot of people sit up and listen at his degree show. It attempts to make the mysteries of smartphones and wireless connectivity less baffling, translating functions into tangible, real-world interfaces. This ’stereo’ aspect is simply a bowl that amplifies playback and performs complex link-ups without the need for extra controls.

Rachel Vosila

College of Fine Arts, Australia

The bases of Rachel Vosila’s ‘Signs of Wear’ stools are hand-carved from Australian sandstone and designed to erode as the user rocks, thus creating a semi-permanent relationship between user and stool.

Photography: Michael Bodiam

Sevak Zargarian

Central Saint Martins, UK

Sevak Zargarian found his passion for material exploration while on his foundation course, experimenting with copper rods and porcelain paper clay. The transformative powers of the kiln and the tactile qualities of clay have been a focus of his work ever since. This blue bowl from his Grogged collection of porcelain vessels combines craft elements with industrial techniques.

Amanda Karsberg

Beckmans College of Design, Sweden

Amanda Karsberg’s ‘Lenticular Cabinet’ features a holographic surface that shifts between pine and marble. Her piece explores the meaning and value of materials in furniture design.

Photography: Michael Bodiam

Andrew Prioli

Rhode Island School of Design, US

Andrew Prioli’s ‘Modern-Day Valet’ can be used as a chair, but its main purpose is to hold clothes that are not dirty enough to throw into the basket, but not clean enough to be folded and put away.

Joséphine Choquet

ÉCAL, Switzerland

Joséphine Choquet’s low-angled ‘Tense’ light was inspired by the sight of a sunrise on the ocean. It will be available to buy soon through Ambra Medda’s online design store L’ArcoBaleno.

Photography: Michael Bodiam

Aoi Yoshizawa

Aalto University, Finland

Japanese-born, Helsinki-based Aoi Yoshizawa’s ‘Tokyo’ curtain, for textile brand Svensson Markspelle, is strongly graphic, yet has organic, natural textures. ‘I used hand-drawn lines and overlaid them with different colours to create unexpected patterns.’

Shelley James

Royal College of Art, UK

Each piece in Shelley James’ Moire Matrix series is built up using layers of glass that are cooled before the next element of the pattern is applied, then reheated and ‘gathered’ on a blowpipe again.

Boris Kovács

Manchester School of Art, UK

Practical, simple and beautiful, we love Boris Kovács’ ‘Revolve’ lamps, handmade from spun brass, blown glass and turned wood, created in rotational forms.

Charlotte Ackemar

Konstfack, Sweden

Charlotte Ackemar’s ‘Circle’ (right) is a thin mattress that can be used in many ways, either as a whole for groups to gather on, or partly rolled up to create a cushion to lean on or rest a head against. Inspired by concrete traffic obstacles, ‘Obstacle’ works both as a bench and as a guide, ‘creating paths through spaces for us to follow’. Ackemar’s two pieces shown here form part of her master’s thesis.

Photography: Michael Bodiam

David Horan and Nicholas Gardner

Royal College of Art, UK

This duo’s ‘Standard Sheet’ bench is created by rolling, pressing and bending a fat sheet of steel. It’s a simple process with fabulous results.

Photography: Paul Plews

Gregory Syrvet

ÉCAL, Switzerland

Gregory Syrvet’s ‘S-Table’, created at ÉCAL in collaboration with Christofle, is made from an industrial aluminium base and a delicate silver tray, providing a harmonious contrast between two metals.

Photography: Michael Bodiam

Jalmari Laihinen

HDK Steneby, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

‘Broken: Seatings’ is a product of Jalmari Laihinen’s love affair with wood and its possibilities. His Broken series includes a bench made from ash and a stool (pictured) made from elm and birch.

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