Do Masters is the leading commercial showcase for new design graduate work in London. We have been scouring the graduate design shows every year since 2007 to select the most exciting design graduates to exhibit and sell their products at the Do Shop during the London Design Festival, providing them with a valuable opportunity to gain some commercial experience. Unlike most other graduate shows, substantially all profits from sale of products are returned to the designers.
Alicja is a graduate from the Royal College of Art in London and the Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw. The duality of function and sculptural qualities in her work illustrates the inherent link between art and design. She considers craft skills to be crucial to her practice, and she designs and learns through the making process, working with various materials.
Amanda Tong is a ceramics designer-maker from Hong Kong who recently graduated from Central Saint Martins. Her cross-cultural background serves as an inspiration to her designs, exploiting the possibilities of surfaces and textures by mixing different materials together to create unique objects which retell forgotten stories and reintroduce ritual practices behind different cultures.
Anais is a graduate of the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee and is currently artist in residence at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. She is an art jeweller whose works explore our emotional states and their effects on others by creating interactions between her jewellery and the wearer. Anais has a highly conceptual approach to her designs and she sees jewellery as a travelling art, a wonderful way to share art with others.
Ann is inspired by industrial buildings with their strong, angular shapes as well as the geometry and asymmetry of modern buildings in the City. This collection of hand-crafted ceramic vases reflects her love of crowded cityscapes. The vessels are spare in form but decorated with patterns derived from the urban environment such as windows, louvres, grids and pavements and the colour palette is inspired by Renzo Piano's new development at St. Giles Circus in Covent Garden.
Benita is fascinated by the creativity that shows through in day-to-day life at times of scarcity, when people create desired objects and unique pieces of art using everyday household items. Inspired by such ingenuity, Benita has designed and handcrafted a collection of surprising and elegant jewellery items including pendants, earrings and bracelets using common kitchen utensils such as rolling pins and cooking ingredients such as seeds and pasta.
Bilge Nur Saltik
Nur is from Istanbul where she did her BA in Industrial Design before completing her MA in Design Products from the Royal College of Art. Her Share.Food collection of ceramic tableware, with their angled bases in neon orange, invites you to share your food and start conversations around the dining table.
Carolina Peraca was born in Brazil and moved to London in 2007. She is inspired by her travels around the world her work focuses on the beauty and simplicity of form and functionality. Reflections is a collection of giftware boxes that combine porcelain and metal (copper and brass). Their form is simple and the pieces are glazed only inside, creating a contrast between the matt ceramic surface and the shiny metal. The ceramic surface is coloured in soft muted shades in a unique marbling effect.
Chantelle Nyamekye Osborne
Chantelle received her BA in Contemporary Furniture and Related Product Design from Bucks New University in 2009. For our 2009 edition of Do Masters Chantelle showed her Desk Tools, which are designed to aid users in their pursuit for perfection. Her Level photo frames, for example, are wooden wall hanging frames which incorporate spirit levels to ensure they are hung perfectly straight. Her Pen Plaque is a wooden block with pen-shaped silhouettes made from laser-cut walnut veneers which suggest exactly where each pen should be placed.
As a ceramist Charlotte enjoys working coarse, dark coloured clays with a masculine quality. For the One Guinea collection Charlotte combined her love for antiques and her skills as a jeweller to create a contemporary gentlemen’s grooming set. Using a 1930s shaving set she found in an antiques market as her starting point, Charlotte handcrafted the ceramic components needed for a modern man’s shaving set, with the sharp angles and contrasting textures giving the collection a contemporary feel while still maintaining the style and elegance of the 1930s.
Claudia is a graduate of Central Saint Martins, where she studied Ceramic Design. Having spent many summers at the family farm in the South of France, Claudia has developed a palette of earthy colours and textures together with the ability to find beauty in the most unexpected shapes. The Modern Family tea set is inspired by coffee and tea cultures from around the world. It also represents Claudia’s notion of a family: a mixture of family and friends. Each item of the set is named after a person with his or her distinctive personality mirrored in its design, resulting in a charming composition of shapes and colours. Eclectic yet harmonious, just like a typical family today.
Danielle graduated in 2009 from Bucks New University with a degree in Designed Metal Work and Jewellery. She now works as a designer and maker of quirky jewellery, operating from her Gloucestershire workshop. Danielle is a jewellery designer who aims to use her products to open up discussions on topics that are often hidden away. Her Taboo Collection, which she exhibited for our 2009 edition of Do Masters, features tampon cases, condom clips and contraceptive pill-cases which add an element of fun and luxury to these intimate objects which are more often associated with a sense of embarrassment.
David graduated from Falmouth College of Arts in 2002 with a degree in 3D Design for Sustainability, followed by a MA in Design Products from the Royal College of Art in 2007. For our 2007 edition of Do Masters David exhibited his Plyrise Shelves, a clever modular shelving unit made of laminated plywood. By stacking the shelves in different ways, they can accommodate anything from paperback novels to tall lever-arch files. Few bookcases are as intelligent, simple and elegant, no wonder they have become a bestseller at Do
David is inspired by richly decorated objects with a modern sleek industrial finish. With his Swiss / Portuguese background, the cuckoo clock was a fun place to start the journey. His project is based on the traditional “Memento Mori” concept, which has been used in art for centuries. He transformed the traditional wooden cuckoo clock into a porcelain language by creating a number of hand-crafted ceramic interpretations of cuckoo clocks. The idea is to remind us to focus on “now” and be grateful for what we have and what we have achieved, an opportunity to pause and reflect on the beauty around us.
Delina’s Necessitea is a witty attempt to eliminate unnecessary features normally found in irons and to add one function that is considered by many as essential: tea. Once filled with hot water, the teapot / iron provides sufficient heat to iron one shirt, just with enough time to prepare the perfect brew. We think this provides the perfect incentive to tackle your pile of laundry.
Ejing’s hand-crafted collection of jewellery is made of a unique combination of materials including colourful threads, wood and resin. Beautiful and evocative, the collection reflects Ejing’s inspirations from traditional Chinese craftsmanship and ethnic cultures.
Eleanor, who has Malaysian and Welsh parents, received a Masters degree in Engineering before moving to Australia where she worked as an industrial and environmental installation designer. She graduated from the Royal College of Art in Industrial Design in 2007. For our 2007 edition of Do Masters Eleanor exhibited The Story of My Affection, a conceptual product which aims to express a person’s personality in a tangible form. She inputs the results of her client’s Myers-Briggs personality profile test and a sample of his or her DNA into a computer programme she designed, which converts the unique DNA and personality characteristics of her client into a 3D object, which is then cast in glass, ceramic or metal.
Eleanora Orly Edlavitch is a graduate and lecturer of the Bezalel Academy of Art & Design in Jerusalem and is currently undertaking her MA in Ceramic Design at Staffordshire University. Her work is a synthesis of design and fine art, using traditional techniques to express contemporary ideas. Eleanora works mainly in slip-casting, followed by manually processing each piece in an elaborate process including mould-making, slip-casting, decorating and gilding.
Elin graduated from Camberwell College of Arts in 2011, where she received her BA in 3D Design. For our 2011 edition of Do Masters Elin presented Knot on Wood, a reinterpretation of the woodturning and knotting processes which resulted in a series of unique hand-turned bowls that combine traditional craftsmanship with contemporary design.
Emma sees the design process as creating gifts for people, driven by the idea of adding value to everyday objects and experiences. Her hand-crafted and richly decorated porcelain boxes are an elevated form of luxury gift packaging, which in turn add both material and sentimental value to what they contain.
Evdokia is a young Cypriot designer and ceramist who recently graduated from the MA course in Design Ceramics at Central Saint Martins. She is passionate about her country's crafts, culture and traditions and aims to create a new market for Cypriot terracotta tableware by introducing sophisticated new colour palettes, patterns and forms.
Ewelina graduated from Ceramics & Glass at Royal College of Art in London. Her interest lies in combining traditional craft skills with contemporary technology such as 3D designing and rapid prototyping, creating playful and unconventional forms for tableware items such as cups, plates, glasses and tiles.
Francesca Romei is a young Italian design-maker of ceramic objects who ended up in London via Naples, Milan and Stoke-on-Trent, where she studied Ceramics, graduating in 2011. For our 2011 edition of Do Masters Francesca showed a collection of hand-made Ceramic Objects which represent her multiple influences – a mix of South of Italy and North of England, traditional craft and industrial production, the past and the present.
Francesca was born in Italy but has been working in London since 2003. She graduated from the London Metropolitan University in 2010 and now works as a freelance furniture and product designer from her workshop in Hackney. For our 2009 edition of Do Masters Francesca showed the Double T dining table, a deceptively simple table made of plywood sheets with different colour laminates on each side. The clever joint details at the legs (inspired by circuit-boards) and flat-pack design enable users to reassemble the table in different colour combinations with minimum fuss.
Born in Switzerland but based in London and Berlin, Gil is inspired by how objects adapt and respond to their environment in playful and unexpected ways. His Antennae side table, for example, is a multi-functional tool of living that feels just at home (and useful) in the living room, bedroom or bathroom. We are big fans of multi-functional furniture and can’t think of a more stylish addition to our collection.
Hazel draws inspiration from the world around her by using the city as her inspiration and tool for creation. Her work is decorative in nature but is driven by narratives resulting in unique handmade pieces that aim to be beautiful yet interesting. Her Tracing the City collection of hand-crafted ceramic vases, for example, are made using pieces of the city such as walls and furniture as throwing tools, which leaves a unique and special trace on each piece.
Henry’s Dyslexic Objects collection is a charming and thought-provoking way to educate users about dyslexia. The collection include upside-down mugs (illustrating the inversion and flipping of letters) and whale-tale-shaped coat hangers with two hooks (the hanger wasn’t paying attention when being told which way its hook was supposed to go because it was daydreaming about whales, illustrating the effects of chronic distraction as a result of its dyslexia). The Dyslexic Objects collection is a great example of Henry’s approach of engaging users of everyday objects with conceptual ideas in a humorous way. Henry is the winner of the prestigious New Designer of the Year Award at the New Designers exhibition in 2013.
I Liang Liu
I Liang is a ceramicist from Taiwan who just graduated from the Royal College of Art in London. I Liang’s works explore the relationships between the product and the user. He aims to bring out the background, story and character of each object and to enable its user to build emotional connections with it.
Jade is a young British designer who graduated from Bucks New University with a BA in Contemporary Furniture and Related Product Design in 2008. For our 2008 edition of Do Masters Jade presented Hangers, a wall-mounted coat rack made of specially manufactured coat hangers welded together in a seemingly random way. Witty and practical, Hangers was an immediate hit with consumers and have since become a bestseller at Do. Jade’s Hangers have since been picked up by Normann Copenhagen and are now distributed around the world.
Jenna is a Canadian national who finished her MA in Ceramic Design from Stoke-on-Trent in 2011. For our 2011 edition of Do Masters Jenna showed her collection of beautiful white and cobalt blue Bone China Pitchers. These were hand-made using technologies that span ceramics past and present. Cobalt glazes and decorations on bone china reference traditional materials and colours from Stoke on Trent’s ceramics industry, whilst initial designs were developed by altering small porcelain vessels which were then developed further using computer aided design and rapid prototyping technology.
Jill graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2011and is a winner of multiple awards, including the New Designers Habitat Innovation Award and the New Designers Pulse Award in 2011. For our 2011 edition of Do Masters Jill showed her Slipcast range of tableware. Each vessel in the collection is hand-made using a layering technique, with each vessel bearing etchings of numbers on their sides representing the number of minutes each layer has taken to form; a visual celebration of the creative process. The end products are beautiful yet functional, projecting a level of maturity and confidence way beyond her years.
Joe is a designer maker who just graduated from the Bath School of Art and Design. He is an experimental designer who uses his love of materials and processes to direct the outcomes in his work. By approaching tradition with a slightly different perspective Joe creates unique processes and objects with stunning visuals.
Jordi, who was born in Barcelona, has a degree in industrial design and worked in exhibition design and various architectural studios in Spain before he moved to London in 2004. He graduated from the Royal College of Art (Design Products) in 2007. For our 2007 edition of Do Masters Jordi showed his Less Lamp, an egg-shaped ceramic pendant lampshade that needs to be pierced with a specially designed hammer in order to release the light trapped within. By deciding how many holes to pierce and where to position them, the user can change the look of the lamp and how the light is directed. But beware: once it is
Jun Murakoshi Jun grew up in Saitama, Japan, where he obtained his Master of Engineering in Industrial Design. He completed his MA in Design Products at the Royal College of Art in 2007. For our 2007 edition of Do Masters Jun exhibited his ingenious Shelving Chairs, which are plywood chairs that transform into a highly practical and attractive modular shelving unit once they are stacked.
Justin graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2009, where he studied Textiles. Justin is a knitted textiles specialist with a taste for the unconventional. His Constructed Textiles range of bags, which he showed in our 2009 edition of Do Masters, are inspired by spine, ribcage and wing details. Justin succeeds in pushing conventional knitting techniques to their limits, creating unique designs that are intriguing, contemporary and guaranteed to attract maximum attention.
Koji is a ceramics artist from Japan. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2010 and has been exhibiting his works around the world since. For our 2010 edition of Do Masters Koji showed his Boxes, a limited edition series of hand-made boxes made of porcelain and feldspar.
Laima is a design-maker from Latvia who explores human relationships with nature through a range of mixed media objects. “Towards Reciprocity” comprises hand-thrown ceramic vessels resting on a wooden “landscape” platform inspired by the terrain of Cornwall. A poetic narrative of sense of space and perception of environment.
Lucinda is a British design maker who studied Ceramic Design at Central St Martins before receiving her MA from the Royal College of Art in 2007. For our 2007 edition of Do Masters Lucinda showed her Tier Drop Cake Stand, a witty and practical take on the traditional multi-tiered cake stand. Made of white porcelain, the two rings fit onto most wine bottles, creating a cake stand / vase that is as perfect for dainty finger sandwiches as for indulgent chocolate truffles. The Tier Drop Cake Stand has since become a bestseller at Do.
Lynn is an Oxford-based jewellery artist who has recently graduated with a first class degree in Design Craft from De Montfort University. Inspired by images and objects from childhood, Lynn’s work is bold and graphic with a childlike naivety to them. Lynn’s jewellery collection is a great example of how she applies this approach to transform an everyday material (flexible foam) into playful, colourful objects that feel fresh and fun.
Maja was born in Poland, where she studied Interior Architecture at the Academy of Fine Art in Cracow before graduating with her MA at the Royal College of Art (Design Product) in 2008. Maja is a founding member of Kompott (www.lovekompott.com), a design studio based in Warsaw. For our 2008 edition of Do Masters Maja showed 6 Degrees, an ingenious shelving system based on a single module with sides that slant at 6 degrees. Multiple modules can be combined to create countless configurations to suit different spaces and needs. The 6 Degrees shelving system has been a great critical and commercial success, becoming one of the best selling shelving systems at Do.
Marina graduated from Brighton University in 2009, where she studied Design and Craft. For our 2009 edition of Do Masters Marina showed her Cut it Out felt rugs, which are rectangular felt rugs decorated with perforated lines which enable the user to alter the shape and size of the rugs by cutting along the dotted lines.
Marta is a Spanish-born, London-based architect and designer who just graduated from the MA Design Ceramics, Furniture and Jewellery degree course at Central Saint Martins. With a background in architecture, Marta has approached ceramics from a different perspective, questioning the physical qualities, applications and limits of the material. For example, ceramics is rarely seen in movement or as part of a mechanism. Marta’s Elastic Lights challenges this by creating a collection of articulated lamps that brings movement and play into ceramics, questioning the role of traditional ceramic objects.
Big Spoon Little Spoon is a collection of five double-sided kitchen utensils that are practical and delightful in equal measures. Their aim is to make us visually aware of when and where different tools meet in the same process, whilst bringing harmony to otherwise disjointed domestic routines. Not to mention making it easier to find that little tasting spoon whilst you’re in the middle of cooking.
Naori was born in Japan, where she studied Sculpture before moving to New York to do the same, eventually settling in the UK, where she graduated from the Royal College of Art (Constructed Textiles) in 2007. For our 2007 edition of Do Masters Naori showed her hand-made Mixed Media Textile Objects, which range from pebbles encased in knitted sleeves to crocheted dolls with tied-up arms. Every object comes with tags with individual stories inspired by traditional folk tales and nursery rhymes with a darker, more sinister edge. The appearance of charm and naivety belies the subversive concepts that influence these pieces.
Nathan was born in Stoke-on-Trent. He has a BA in Mixed Media Textiles from Loughborough University and graduated from the Royal College of Art (Textiles) in 2007. Since then Nathan has teamed up with fellow graduate Jemma Ooi to create Custhom (www.custhom.co.uk), which focuses on designing products which interact with users. For our 2007 edition of Do Masters Nathan exhibited his Embroidered Wallpapers, featuring striking patterns created by embroidering layers of different coloured paper together. Users
Nazli is a designer who enjoys designing functional objects with a twist of fantasy. What the Duck is a vase that turns kitsch into an interior object. The iconic rubber duck, combined with a water bottle, creates more value when it becomes a nice little porcelain vase.
Nutre comes from Thailand, where she received her BA in Jewellery Design from Silpakom University in Bangkok before graduating from the Royal College of Art (Jewellery) in 2007. Nutre is the winner of the Theo Fennell Excellence in Jewellery Award, the BDC New Designer of the Year Award and the Jewellery Designer of the Year Award from the Brisith Jewellers’ Association in 2007. For our 2007 edition of Do Masters Nutre showed her Postable Jewellery, a flat-packed, plywood cut-out ring that can be sent by post, like a postcard or letter. Just like other mail items, Postable Jewellery will bear the evidence of the journey: marks, stamps, stains or scratches, adding to the romance and uniqueness of them.
Ragnhild hails from Norway and Scandinavian influence is more than apparent in her collection of ceramic tableware. We love the simple elegance of her designs, with colours and prints inspired by the nature and traditional Norwegian folk patterns.
Rebecca Sims graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2011 and works from her own studio in Cornwall. For our 2011 edition of Do Masters Rebecca showed her series of hand-made Porcelain Teapots, which hark back to a “make do and mend” era when much loved everyday objects were innovatively restored using limited resources rather than thrown away. Rebecca slip-casts in porcelain from moulds taken of everyday objects (including tin cans, taps and handles of scissors) to replace the parts of teapots that are commonly broken or chipped, thereby transforming the ordinary teapot into a unique object which retains its function whilst celebrating human ingenuity in a witty and original way.
Samuel has recently graduated from the National School of Furniture at Bucks New University, where he studied Furniture Design. As part of his graduation project, Samuel has created a range of furniture that is designed to lift and cheer the spirits through usage of colour, inspired by the Scandinavian tradition of painting furniture to remedy depression brought on by the long, dark winter months. The Lucis range comprises a chair, a multi-functional storage unit and an occasional table made with laminated plywood, combining simple forms with a carefully researched colour palette for maximum impact.
Sara received her BFA from the University of Iowa before embarking on her own freelance design business with projects across a wide range of disciplines including textiles, graphic design, photography, film and lighting. She graduated from the Royal College of Art (Textiles) in 2007. For our 2007 edition of Do Masters, Sara exhibited her concept of Ambient Space Design, which features the use of light, projectors, digital photography and video to create animated light wallpaper, projections and interactive environments which can be tailored to create different moods and to suit different spaces.
Scott is a glass and lighting designer who recently graduated from the Edinburgh College of Art, where he studied Glass. His interests lay formerly in sculpture, followed by a short stint studying costume design. He is now focused on exploring the possibilities for glass within the lighting industry and is currently designing a range of component based modular lighting solutions. Click here to buy >>
Sena hails from South Korea, where she studied Ceramics and Glass. She received her MA on the same subject from the Royal College of Art in 2007. Since then she has become a well respected design-maker (www.sena-gu.com), showing her imaginative creations at exhibitions such as Tent and 100% Design. For our 2007 edition of Do Masters, Sena showed her Lemon Squeezer - a porcelain dish with a “squeezer” in the shape of a lemon (cast in porcelain from the real thing) perched on top. Witty and functional, Sena’s Lemon Squeezer has gone on to become a bestseller at Do and we remain one of her biggest fans, always showing the latest collection of her works at our shop. Click here to buy >>
Sophie Cobb is a designer maker who aims to infuse her designs with a sense of sentimentality that enrich and enhance everyday living. Her Pick, Mix and Match collection is a set of five hand-crafted ceramic dishes that are both functional and decorative.
Stephen graduated from the Royal College of Art (Ceramics & Glass) in 2007 after receiving his BA in Ceramics Design from Staffordshire University. Stephen specialises in one-off ceramic pieces which explore the relationships between objects and their users. For our 2007 edition of Do Masters Stephen showed his Sweet Nothings and Gaze tableware ranges.
Thomas Carl Mann
Thomas is a design-maker of contemporary ceramics who just graduated from De Montfort University, where he studied Design Crafts. His Pebble and Buoy collection of ceramic tableware is inspired by a nautical theme with colour, shape and detailing taken from pebbles and old wooden buoys. With a clever combination of minimalist forms, use of mixed materials and neutral colours such as sage and blue, Thomas has created a set of tableware that is functional, sophisticated and super contemporary.
Victoria studied Interior Design at Camondo in Paris before graduating with her MA at the Royal College of Art (Design Product) in 2008. For our 2008 edition of Do Masters Victoria presented her Domestic Landscape series of carafes. These vessels (in Jasperware, earthenware and porcelain) are inspired by ordinary plastic jerry cans, the functional aesthetic of which is distilled and captured in their bold, graphic shapes and industrial colours of black, blue and white. Grouped together, the carafes present a domestic landscape that is striking, dynamic and elegant.
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