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Halley VI Station, Hugh Broughton Architects © JAMES MORRIS

© JAMES MORRIS

Halley VI Station, Hugh Broughton Architects
3D weaving sample, Oluwaseyi Sosanya © GUILLAUME COUCHE

© GUILLAUME COUCHE

3D weaving sample, Oluwaseyi Sosanya
M Pavilion, AL_A

M Pavilion, AL_A
Gardens by the Bay © ATELIER TEN ARCHIVES

© ATELIER TEN ARCHIVES

Gardens by the Bay
Morph Folding Wheel, Duncan Fitzsimons © COLIN ROSS

© COLIN ROSS

Morph Folding Wheel, Duncan Fitzsimons

New British Inventors celebrates pioneering British designers and creates a platform for international debate about the potential of design to shape the future.

An emerging generation of British inventors is developing new modes of thinking and shaping advances in many fields of design. Operating across a range of scales these innovators have been forging new techniques and working practices, technological advances and inventive designs. They have the potential to fundamentally impact on everyday lives. Whether in architecture, design or fashion, they capture the popular imagination.

New British Inventors was launched in conjunction with the major touring exhibition Inside Heatherwick Studio.  The campaign celebrates many of the attributes of the studio’s own inventive approach: its preparedness to invest time in research, a desire for materials experimentation and a positive approach to risk-taking. These are attributes that we believe should be encouraged in contemporary design. 

As a starting point for New British Inventors, the British Council has selected ten diverse practices and projects as case studies to offer an insight into the world of design inventions. Besides their individual background and scale of their outcomes, each one of these stories celebrates innovation through design research and collaboration. Read more in our publication.

Through a programme of talks and workshops acting as a stimulus to discussion and debate, the British Council aims to highlight the new ideas, creative processes and design inventions of this new wave of British designers. We hope the New British Inventors campaign will broaden perspectives on contemporary practice, and create collaboration between designers and cultural institutions around the world.

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Invention in Design

© Thomas Buttery

12 September 2016
by Ria Hawthorn

An emerging generation of designers are developing new modes of thinking and advances in numerous fields. They have the potential to shape the future, capture our imaginations and fundamentally change our everyday lives. We commissioned filmmaker Thomas Buttery to showcase four British design studios who embody this wave of 'invention in design'.

The four designers and studios, Hugh Broughton Architects, Oluwaseyi Sosanya, Marjan van Aubel of Caventou and Alex Hulme of Map Project Office, demonstrate how working collaboratively and across disciplines, using risk-taking through research and embracing digital technology and an open approach to new projects can yield truly inventive and innovative results. 

Our hope is that this will raise awareness of the radical and exciting work currently taking place throughout design practices, and inspire current and future generations of designers.

9 March 2017

New British Inventors at Seoul Design Festival

New British Inventors at Seoul Design Festival © Layer

© Layer

1 December 2016

Film: Lisbon Architecture Triennale

Film: Lisbon Architecture Triennale MAAT and Amanda Levete Architects

MAAT and Amanda Levete Architects

1 September 2016

Talk: Invention in Design

Talk: Invention in Design

28 June 2016

New British Inventors: Inside Heatherwick Studio opens in Korea

New British Inventors: Inside Heatherwick Studio opens in Korea © D MUSEUM

© D MUSEUM

11 March 2016

Behind the Scenes: Inside Heatherwick Studio in Taiwan

Behind the Scenes: Inside Heatherwick Studio in Taiwan PHOTO: Oscar Liu, © British Council Taiwan,

PHOTO: Oscar Liu, © British Council Taiwan,

3 March 2016

New British Inventors: Inside Heatherwick Studio in Taiwan

New British Inventors: Inside Heatherwick Studio in Taiwan  Public Lecture by Thomas Heatherwick on 5 September 2015, Hong Kong © Cheung Chi Wai and British Council

Public Lecture by Thomas Heatherwick on 5 September 2015, Hong Kong © Cheung Chi Wai and British Council

9 February 2016

New British Inventors in Australia

New British Inventors in Australia

2 August 2015

New British Inventors: Inside Heatherwick Studio in Shanghai

New British Inventors: Inside Heatherwick Studio in Shanghai © British Council

© British Council

6 March 2015

New Exhibition: Inside Heatherwick Studio

New Exhibition: Inside Heatherwick Studio New British Inventors: Inside Heatherwick Studio © Fabian Ong

New British Inventors: Inside Heatherwick Studio © Fabian Ong

20 January 2017

Santiago Design Biennial: Aesthetic Sustainable Future

Santiago Design Biennial: Aesthetic Sustainable Future CURRENT WINDOW / © CAVENTOU (MARJAN VAN AUBEL AND PETER KRIGE)

CURRENT WINDOW / © CAVENTOU (MARJAN VAN AUBEL AND PETER KRIGE)

11 January 2017

New British Inventors at Santiago Design Biennial

New British Inventors at Santiago Design Biennial © Bienal del Diseno

© Bienal del Diseno

3 November 2016

Inside Heatherwick Studio, Seoul

Inside Heatherwick Studio, Seoul Image: D Museum

Image: D Museum