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Having trailed the international design scene, we've unearthed a roundup of fresh new talent from around the world.

Everyone is always on the lookout for new talent. Here's the lowdown on the stars of tomorrow.

Having trailed the international design scene, we've unearthed a roundup of fresh new talent from around the world.

Philippe Malouin
Malouin, a French-Canadian graduate of Montreal University, Paris's ENSCI (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle) and Design Academy Eindhoven, began as an intern at Tom Dixon's London design studio. Look out for his Grace table and Dervish combined light and ceiling fan, which have already been snapped up by New York's Moss Gallery and Galerie Kreo in Paris.

Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay – Raw-Edges Design Studio
Israeli-born Shay Alkalay and Yael Mer of London-based design studio Raw Edges have already garnered much acclaim for their gravity-defying Pivot drawers, first shown last year as a prototype. The Dutch furniture manufacturer Arco spotted the unusual drawer unit, and the rest, as they say, is history.

This year Arco presented Pivot as a finished product. The duo recently presented the self-produced Adjustable Fruit Bowl and Volume Seat at Paris's FAT gallery. Alkalay has also been busy working on solo work, such as his first project for British furniture manufacturer Established & Sons. The multi-hued Stack chest of drawers unit, which is innovatively bereft of an exterior frame, can be opened and closed in either direction, giving the furniture a random, eye-catching form.

Lisa Widén and Anna Irinarchos – WIS Design
Lisa Widén and Anna Irinarchos, a.k.a. WIS, are a promising design duo from Sweden. Since graduating from Beckman's College of Design in Stockholm in 2006, the creators behind WIS have built up a formidable client list, including Design House Stockholm, Svenskt Tenn and Casamania. Last February, they were also nominated for the Kitchen of The Year award by Elle Decoration Sweden as part of the Elle Décor International Design Award.

Following the recycled trend, WIS's latest collection originates from found objects. Mismatched wooden drawers rescued from flea markets are enhanced by a sleek white frame within, while their Vanity Easy Chair has been lauded for its sophisticated use of leather off-cuts gleaned from discarded leather jackets.

Scott Jarvie
Scott Jarvie has worked in many creative fields, from architecture to art. The son of a graphic designer and an automotive engineer, Jarvie graduated from Edinburgh's Napier University School of Design and Media Arts, where he was awarded the University Medal. In 2006 he set up Jarvie Design, a multidisciplinary design consultancy.

Jarvie's recent collection of furniture is a lesson in elegant forms through the use of finely honed craft skills and modern industrial techniques. Bower, a thermoformed table, laser cut from a single sheet of acrylic; Wire, which combines traditional Scottish metalwork with the latest computer-aided design technology; and the Funnel chair, which plays with strength-to-weight ratio factors, mark an interesting debut.

KithKin is a collective of over ten members spanning three countries. Taking the ideals of democratic design into the 21st century, the creative cooperative offers young designers the chance to sell their designs and customers the opportunity to create their own design objects through processes such as rapid prototyping via the web.

Inspired by the concept of MP3s, file sharing and iTunes, KithKin's online creative portal, which also sells music, films, books, posters and photographs, looks set to revolutionize design in the same way that home studio recording changed modern music, raising interesting questions and solutions to the way contemporary art and design may be made and sold in the future.

The debut collection of French luxury design brand Saazs is an innovative series of light pieces made using PLANILUM©, the first-ever active light-emitting glass. Shelves and lighting designed by Tomas Erel, Christian Biecher, Adrien Gardère and Arik Levy mix opulent eighties disco with pared-down restraint for a moody, late-night ambience.

Thomas Pedersen

Danish designer Thomas Pedersen's Icicle coffee tables and Stingray rocking chair are part of the new wave generation of Denmark's celebrated creative heritage. Originally designed in 2002 and finally launched as a production piece this year, Stingray won the Cologne Furniture Fair's Interior Innovation Award earlier this year, as well as the highly acclaimed Red Dot Design Award. Stingray was inspired by the gentle movements of nature – from the calmness of water and the weightlessness we experience in the womb to the organic, aquatic forms of seashells and, of course, the stingray. Expect to see a lot more of Pedersen's organic, future-forward forms in the future.

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