Sustainable design innovations from young makers now on show in London

annelise payne sits next to chair with fabric young maker designer green grad 23
EYNTK: The GREEN GRADS Hub at Heal'sGreen Grads

The environmental crisis is one of the most pressing challenges we face and the GREEN GRADS initiative, back for a third time, puts sustainability at its core by showcasing young talent who put eco-friendly design first.

The exhibition runs from 16th to 18th September for London Design Festival (although related events are happening until 23rd) and is available to see for free at the iconic flagship Heal's store on Tottenham Court Road.

GREEN GRADS, a non-for-profit enterprise founded by iconic design journalist Barbara Chandler, is partly financed by Heal's, alongside other industry contributors including Design Centre Chelsea Harbour.

'Our vision is to fuel UK environmental action with new talent from UK universities,' says Barbara. 'It is inspiring and humbling to witness the skills, enthusiasm and dogged commitment of our emerging designers, taking responsibility for the future of the planet. We are a showcasing, but also a call to action.'

50 talented graduates will be present at the GREEN GRADS Hub at Heal's to discuss their projects, covering a range of mediums including furniture design, interior design, and architecture. Prepare to be dazzled by carbon absorbing paint, a chair seat made from seaweed, and a table crafted from discarded denim, among many other unique inventions. Get a taste of some of the talent on offer from these exceptional young makers below...

Henry Davison

portrait of young furniture designer crouching by chair from green grads 2023 event
Henry Davison makes chair seats out of seaweedGreen Grads

Henry (Kyloe Design) makes the back and seat of his chairs from seaweed webbing. Seaweed exists in abundance and can be processed into a sturdy sustainable alternative to leather.

Annelise Payne

annelise payne sits next to chair with fabric young maker designer green grad 23
Annelise Payne block prints fabric with pigment-producing bacteria Green Grads

Annelise uses bacteria to create block-printed fabrics inspired by William Morris and The Arts & Crafts movement. The patterns and colours of the fabric change over time.

Ben Watson

Ben Watson makes torches and lights from discarded vapes Green Grads

Ben (@soiledworks) was discovered for his ingenious repurposing of discarded vapes, designed to be single use despite containing stainless steel and plastic. Ben uses them to create torches and lights.

Rosy Napper

Green Grads

Ceramic waste is combined with wood ash to make 'ReCinder', a new material invented by Rosy, from which she's made lights and furniture.

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