May Design Series 2015 preview

Image: May Design Series exhibitor Leicht

Image: May Design Series exhibitor Leicht

Returning to London for its third edition, the May Design Series takes place at Excel later this month. The event will present an array of products for every interior space across five sectors: furniture; kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms; lighting; decor and DX, the pavilion showcasing products using new materials and technology.

Here's a taster of what you can expect if you're planning to visit.

Jo Malone (left) & Abigail Ahern (right)

Jo Malone (left) & Abigail Ahern (right)

Conference and seminar programme

The conference and seminar programme is always a highlight of the event. This year it includes designer, retailer, author and tastemaker Abigail Ahern, who will be talking about creating stylish homes and inspirational retail spaces.

Design as part of the solution to the UK's housing crisis will be explored when Sebastian Conran and Pocket Living's Russ Edwards join a panel debate chaired by Will Gompertz to discuss whether compact living can help, and indeed if it is desirable.

Taking centre stage as the keynote speaker at this year's event is Jo Malone. After establishing and developing the company that bears her name into a global luxury brand before eventually selling her stake in the company to Estee Lauder, she more recently launched a new brand Jo Loves. Jo is also the Evening Standard's new business agony aunt, solving problems for companies in a regular weekly column. In what promises to be an inspirational talk, she will be sharing her story and reveal the successes, failures, challenges (both personal and commercial), and motivation behind her achievements.

The Fiera Edit - (L to R) Alexander Spenst, Alicja Patanowska & Georgina Walters

The Fiera Edit - (L to R) Alexander Spenst, Alicja Patanowska & Georgina Walters

Fiera Edit

Fiera editor, design journalist and blogger Katie Tregidden will be curating a selection of work by new designers spotted at Northmodern in Copenhagen, the Stockholm furniture fair and Ambiente Frankfurt.

"I have scoured design shows all over Europe for the very best in new design talent" Katie told Design Hunter. "The result is the Fiera Edit, a selection of work from young designers that show real promise." 

Launched last year following a successful kickstarter campaign, Fiera is a biannual independent magazine that discovers talent at the world's design fairs. Issue #2 is due out later this month and copies are available to pre-order here.

Key colour trends for Spring Summer 2016

Trends forecasting consultancy Global Colour Research have again teamed up with Birmingham City University. Students from BCU will be designing pieces based around two key colour trends for Spring Summer 2016.

Monochromatic Modifications by Hannah Lois Sangwin - New Design Britain Awards 2015

Monochromatic Modifications by Hannah Lois Sangwin - New Design Britain Awards 2015

The New Design Britain 2015 Awards

Established in 2002, the New Design Britain Awards have for the past twelve years helped bring some of the best young talent to the forefront of the international design industry. Thirty graduate and student designers shortlisted across 6 categories - Furniture, Accessories, Surfaces, Fabrics, Architecture and Interior Design - will be showcasing their work. The winners will be announced at the May Design Series on Monday 18 May.

The competition has in previous years been a springboard for many of the finalists' careers, some of whom have gone on to become leading talents in the design industry with work stocked in retailers including Heals, made.com and Habitat. Also returning in 2015 is the Alumni Collective, a showcase of current designs from seven finalists over the last decade.

The May Design Series takes place at Excel London from 17-19 May 2015. You can find out more and register to attend at www.maydesignseries.com

Posted in collaboration with the May Design Series.