As a concept, Layers offers a new way of considering the themes that drive us. Drawing inspiration from nature, science, culture, personal journeys, human behaviour, systems and time, the exhibition reveals our detailed and imaginary observations of the world around us.
Working individually and collaboratively, we look beyond the surface to see what lies between and beneath the layers - and investigate this idea through structure, material, process and narrative. By exposing individual layers and re-layering them again, we create exciting new relationships and original objects.
Our common goal is to tell stories through design - adding inherent value to the objects of our daily life.
‘No Borders’, a group exhibition with works by recent graduates of the Royal College of Art took place during Istanbul Design. Presenting the work of nine designers with roots in nine different countries,
The influence of the cultural background of each individual designer can be seen reflected in their work, drawing inspiration from nature, science, culture, personal journeys and human behaviour. The common aim to tell stories through design and add value to daily life objects binds the works together.
We believe design is an international language that transcends borders and connects people through creativity.
Presenting a bold vision of sustainable design, Forces of Nature, at London’s 19 greek street gallery from March 13 to April 28, offers some stylish answers to big questions about resource allocation and reusability. From light-reflecting sills to chairs sewn with energy collected from a windmill, these objects exude a lightness and playfulness that belies their potentially serious impact on the environment.
Part of the London Design Festival, the annual SustainRCA Show and Awards bring together the best of graduate work at the Royal College of Art that addresses a wide range of perspectives on sustainability. It's an exciting vision of future living.
‘GOING INTO BUSINESS’ is motivated by entrepreneurial ambition. The works presented in this exhibition respond
proactively to the uncertainty in the present design industry. The designer’s included in this exhibition have just
emerged from two intensive years of conceptual and material research and development yet the question remains:
how and where can we sell our work?
The high-end and often inaccessible context of many design galleries, coupled with a struggling economy, presents
limited opportunities for emerging designers to advance their material into production. In an attempt to embrace the
consumer-led design market, this exhibition challenges the prescribed role and function of a gallery space by
transforming 18 Hewett Street into a bustling retail hub. All products presented in the exhibition are for sale and
poised for production.
2012/13 is best characterised as one of growth for the RCA – both in physical space and educational impact. Once again, it seems that Royal College of Art students are rising to the challenges of an austere economic environment by becoming more inventive and seeking out opportunities for game-changing innovation.
The RCA has a deserved reputation for innovation, and a remit – embodied in its Royal Charter – to take that innovation out into industry and engage with real-world issues. 2012/13 has been notable for the number of School- and student-led projects that seek to influence areas as diverse as material use in public building design (Architecture’s Pop Down Square project for the London Borough of Brent, scheduled for construction summer 2013); or industrial design solutions for future economies (Innovation Design Engineering).
This year, some 486 Master’s and 23 research students graduate from the six Schools of the RCA. As ever, the breadth, quality and originality of projects at the RCA’s annual Show is inspiring and energising. On behalf of the staff and faculty of the Royal College of Art, we offer our sincere congratulations to the graduands of 2013."- Dr Paul Thompson, Rector
The Royal Amateur Expedition Society (RAES) is a group of highly skilled Amateur Explorers from the Royal College of Art London. This exhibition began in the Lake District in Cumbria, where we stayed at Kurt Schwitters' Merz Barn. For this expedition we explored the theme of “RURAL IS RADICAL”, can the countryside be radical? More than fifty percent of the world live in cities, the urban environment is considered to be the heart of fashion, art, innovation and general contemporaneity. In contrast the pastoral realm is constantly associated with nostalgia and condescended quaintness. With this in mind can we redefine the bucolic? With this theme in mind we held a one day exhibition, displaying our findings in Gallop in South East London.
"The Biennale is the idea of artist, designer and economist Kikos Papadopoulos; supported by the Municipality of Thera, the Estia Association of Pyrgos and the Santorini of the Past Cultural Village in Pyrgos. Our theme for 2012 is The Past. History, Time, Memory and Nostalgia: How do you define your relationship with The Past? How do people you have met in the past, all of your experiences, your memories affect you in the present? Might they subconsciously or even explicitly influence your future? We as individuals each carry forward our own past as ‘vessels’. If everything about the present moment is determined by the past, then, when collectively imagining our future, we ignore the lessons of the past at our peril."
PARADISE contemplates the discovery of something or somewhere more wondrous. Rallied by the desire for change and compelled by dissatisfaction with the present, Royal College of Art students author their own atlases of Paradise, landscaped by different paths in the quest for a better future. This exhibition was shown in the Via Ventura district as part of the Milan Salone Internazionale del Mobile.
Work in Progress show at the Royal College of Art, year one. The Desk Exexutive was shown as part of the platform 16 table project: Make a table out of the Bjorkudden Ikea table to tell a story about tables.
Grand Designs Live is the UK's leading contemporary home show. The event is packed with ideas and innovation for your home and garden, and with over 500 exhibitors covering interiors, gardens, home improvements, self-build, renovations, technology and shopping there really is something for everyone.
The Green Centre is an exhibition space at the Wat Tyler Country Park in Basildon, Essex.
There is a permanent exhibition on sustainability, including a showcase featuring exemplar design for sustainable living.
“The exhibition presents a variety of ingenious lighting ideas from a selection of upcoming young British designers for whom matters of energy and resource efficiency are high on the design agenda"
A group show at an exhibition space in the Hammersons Building in Mayfair as part of a week of sustainability events.
"This exhibition hopes to address, without preaching, widespread and increasing concerns about ecology and the state of the planet and how this links to our homes and the way we use, decorate and inhabit them."
"AWAY? is an interactive exhibition that explores the why, how, what, where and when of rubbish disposal. It shows some alternative options dreamt up by resourceful designers, some of which are intended for you to make yourself!"
"Bicycle Bespoke: A Celebration of the Creative Cycle.” From the 13th June until 22nd August at 82 Highgate High Street, London N6 5HX. 'Bicycle Bespoke’ sets out to encourage Londoners to celebrate and reinvigorate their relationship with the bicycle."
"Colette presents MeWeCycle, a project curated by Karta Healy featuring a collection of designers’ work, based on their love of the bicycle and creative-recycling. A global movement that reduces landfills and brings waste to life. “There is no recycling without cycling and no cycling without recycling'"
The museums purpose is to provide a dynamic study and research resource to facilitate an understanding and appreciation of popular design and culture. CAPtivate is on display as part of the museums permanent collection.
"Second stop on the Lighten Up tour was Newcastle’s Design Event 08 festival, where the exhibition appeared in the fabulously atmospheric North Tower of the Tyne Bridge, on Newcastle's Quayside, from 18-26 October 2008."
"Lighten Up, at 100% Design London, is an innovative sustainable lighting exhibition from [re]design – designed to inform, excite and empower. It looks beyond the bulb to explore what lighter lighting could mean – from energy and material use, to how lights can make us feel."
This exhibition explores the work of contemporary
practitioners working in Sussex today.
The museum exhibits artists such as Eric Gill, Edward Johnston, David Jones, and Ethel Mairet who settled in Ditchling in the early years of the 20th Century. The museum is recognised as a centre for print, calligraphy, weaving and other crafts, in the Sussex area.
[Re]design is a social enterprise that supports the work of
designers who don’t want to make landfill.
The exhibition Contains houses "100 thought-provoking, sustainable designs from cutting-edge UK designers." The exhibition was housed in shipping containers at Newcastle’s Monument
New Designers is the foremost event in graduate design showcasing the work of 4000 designers in the Business Design Centre, London N1.