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Design Council looks to future with 70 ‘Ones to Watch’
Feb 26, 2015

In honor of its 70th anniversary, U.K.-based Design Council has released the 70 Ones to Watch list, which names 70 of the most exciting up-and-coming designers in the U.K., who together represent the future of British design.
The designers who made the list—each chosen for an individual product or project of outstanding design ingenuity and vision—were selected from hundreds of entrants ranging from furniture designers and architects to app developers.
Topping the list was Oliver Hrubiak for his Finn Lounge Chair, Neil Michels for his Civic School design, Emma Thomas for her healthcare facility design and Thomas Glover for his flooded city adaptive architecture design. Many of the forward-thinking winners  design to improve people’s lives.

Finn Chair by Oliver Hrubiak, NOOOK by Torsten Sherwood, A4 Scooter by George Mabey

“Ones to Watch offers an exciting vision of our future, with fresh ideas from emerging designers that address important contemporary living challenges from sustainability to health, education to city living and simple but effective ways to improve everyday life,” said John Mathers, Design Council Chief Executive. The variety of the designs illustrates the diverse nature of ideas coming out of the U.K.”

Hand Healthy by Simon Kinneir, Low cost prosthetic by Matthew Thompson, Future Activewear by Hyun Kyung Lee


Extract by Effie Koukia, From Insects by Marlene Huissoid, PLAG by Wael Seaiby

Each designer on the list was chosen by a panel of judges, which included Harriet Vine of jewelry micro-manufacturer Tatty Devine; digital and lifestyle entrepreneur Martha Lane Fox; Chloe Macintosh, co-founder of online makers marketplace Made.com; and experts from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

A Civic School by Neil Michels, ASAP Water Rescue by Ross Kemp, 4SANITATION by Oliver Brunt


Soapbox by Chris Moss, PEMY: the new Mars by Sonila Kadillari

The list has been divided into six categories: Everyday living, Design for Health and Wellbeing, Materiality, Design for Social Impact, Future of City Living and Rethinking Reality.

CONTACT by Felix Faire, Iungo Kettle by James Molkenthin

For the complete list of honorees, click here.

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