Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Design For The Real World at RCA London

While I was in London at RCA 'Fashioning the City' conference I got the opportunity to visit the exhibition of MA design graduates at RCA.
It started off with a coincidence that I bumped into Alei Versppor, one of the MA textiles graduates, that I met in a project in Fortaleza (Brazil 2006) and FASHIONCLASH Brazil project. Alei Verspoor graduated with a strong concept PACK! for which she is also awarded with Sustain Award RCA 2012. 
Beside Alei Verspoor's project I found more projects with very intersting, and as the name implies relevant design concepts. 'Design for the real world' - Design can change the world.

Design for the real world
As part of the 2012 London Design Festival, the College is hosting the exhibition Design for the Real World, which takes its inspiration from the 40th anniversary of the English-language publication of Victor Papanek’s seminal text, Design for the Real World. In 1972, at a time of rampant consumerism, Papanek made a powerful case for the importance of inclusive and sustainable design in meeting the real needs of people. This exhibition explores both aspects of Papanek’s legacy. A presentation of 15 projects by Research Associates from the RCA’s Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design (HHCD) will showcase inclusive and human-centred design. This year’s projects include a community lighting project in Tower Hamlets; making roadworks safer for people with sight loss; reducing incidents of violence in A&E hospital departments; a redesign of the doctor’s bag and practical solutions for making offices more sustainable. SustainRCA, the cross-College centre for sustainability, will present a selection of sustainable design concepts by recent RCA graduates including new ideas for fashion, textiles, home products and transport. 
http://www.rca.ac.uk/



PACK!  by Alei Verspoor
 Pack is a modular system, based on the idea of design for disassembly. Pack is a set of components that are assembled to create a range of packs, using lo-tech “rapid manufacturing” techniques: folding and basic weaving. 
You can use these packs to carry your stuff during all kinds of travel, but you can also use them for seating or storage. It’s up to you! 
Each of the Pack components is made of one material and has one function, which makes it easy to replace and recycle components when they are worn out or when you want a different look. 
The Pack components have a simple shape, which makes it possible to assemble and use them in a lot of different ways: to create backpacks, duffel bags, laptop bags and when strapped onto benches they become seating. 
Pack is pattern. Through the way of constructing; the weaving and folding and assembling of differently coloured and printed components, three-dimensional check patterns are created, that continue to evolve over time, as components are replaced or added.

Alei Verspoor next to her work


PACK! project won the Sustain RCA Awards 2012

Zemer Peled 'Walking in the forest of shards'

Zemer Peled 'Walking in the forest of shards'


'The end of the age of turtles' Ying Wu


'The end of the age of turtles' Ying Wu

'Making money in Milan'
Petter Thörne Nic WallenbergSam Weller

Anton Alvarez 'The thread wrapping machine'
This machine enables discarded and waste materials to be bound together to make objects.
http://www.antonalvarez.com/

Anton Alvarez


Anton Alvarez

Rachael Hall & Co ' Esprit'
This project,  is developed with Esprit, to build consumer awareness by creating garments with an aesthetic inspired by their component  materials. Focusing on natural dye techniques and Esprit's relationship with Gostwyck (a new Zeeland marino sheep farm) the garments draw directly from the products used to make them - a knitted sheepskin jumper, indigo dying and imagery of turmeric plant, connecting and engaging the wearer with the clothes on their backs!.




Rachael Hall & Co ' Esprit' 

Right: Gaspard Tiné-Berès 'LASSO'
Left: Sukjin Moon

Gaspard Tiné-Berès

Gaspard Tiné-Berès

'The Polyfloss Factory'
Nicholas Paget, Emile de Visscher, Christophe Machet & Audrey Gaulard
http://www.thepolyflossfactory.com/

Elsa Cappelli
http://elsacappelli.org.uk/

Elsa Cappelli
http://elsacappelli.org.uk

Elsa Cappelli
http://elsacappelli.org.uk

'I wanna deliver a shark... ' Ai Hasegawa
http://aihasegawa.info/

'Recovered VIII - digital print on silk' Fabienne Hess
http://fabiennehess.com/


Ento http://cargocollective.com/ento/
Ento is a project by Aran DasanJacky ChungJonathan Fraser and Julene Aguirre-Bielschowsky, who are a team working together on the Innovation Design Engineering joint Masters course at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London.



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