The SustainRCA Show & Awards is a celebration of sustainable design thinking at the Royal College of Art, London. See our previous article for the winners of the Awards… read on for the work of more students selected from programmes across the College – spanning four categories: Moving Minds, Solutions for Society, Inspired Products and Visionary Process.
DIANA SIMPSON HERNANDEZ – DESIGN PRODUCTS Glass Lab
Diana is focused on looking at waste as a resource, to empower small businesses and communities. The idea is to create an alternative service for waste collection in order to fuel a series of local waste labs, which would transform waste into functional products for public use. Local waste, local collection, local process, for local use.
By guest writer TEXTILE ARTIST MISHA WATERTON
Last month saw the Sustainable Angle hold their 3rd annual showcase of Future Fabrics Expo. The event was part of Fashion SVP’s sourcing event at the Olympia Exhibition Centre, London.
Future Fabrics Expo showcases commercially viable fabrics sourced from suppliers using sustainable principles, who are committed to reducing the environmental impact of the current textile supply chain.
Part of the London Design Festival, and one of our absolute favourites of the year, SustainRCA Show & Awards, featuring a selection of some of the best work of Royal College of Art graduates. Projects propose an exciting vision of future living, while tackling a wide range of perspectives on the sustainability challenges we face today.
All in all 18,265 visitors went along to New Designers 2013, making this year’s shows the busiest in its 28 year history. Having recently featured New Designer Week 1 we now turn our attentions to New Designers Week 2 for more wonderfully talented, newly qualified sustainable designers. The Week 2 show featured:
- Furniture & Product Design
- Graphic Design & Illustration
- Spatial Design (inc. Architecture & Interior Design)
- Motion Arts
- One Year On
New Designers brings together over 3,000 of the UK’s best emerging designers across a 2 part exhibition. Week 1 featured:
- Textiles, Fashion and Accessories
- Contemporary Applied Arts (inc. Ceramics and Glass)
- Jewellery and Precious Metalwork
- One Year On
Acclaimed author, journalist and design critic Alice Rawsthorn officially opened the event, saying: “For anyone graduating now, this is a daunting time thanks to the economic recession. But the good news for anyone who wants to make their career in design and craft is that there has never been a better time to do so. The most exciting periods of design have always been the periods of greatest change, and we are now living through a phenomenal period of unprecedented change, at extraordinary speed and scale. Your role as designers is to help society to make the most of these changes, to make sure that they affect our lives for good rather than bad.”
Here are some of the talented people we spotted, doing their bit for sustainability and design for good:
The Houses of Parliament was a fitting venue for the launch of a new report called Short Circuit, which looks at the current lifecycle of our electronic gadgets and the true cost to the earth. It was released by The Gaia Foundation and allies; African Biodiversity Network; London Mining Network; Mining Watch Canada; OCMAL; Oilwatch Africa PIPLinks & Climate Revolution; and was supported by the EC.
The Gaia Foundation
Illustration by Roanna Rahman
Grand Designs Live returned again this May to London’s ExCeL Centre, hosted by TV’s Kevin McCloud himself. It’s the perfect show for those seeking inspiration and expert advice for everything from home redecoration, to renovations, or even full scale self-build projects.
Each year, eco champion Kevin’s annual ‘Green Heroes’ exhibition celebrates the latest and best in sustainable design and innovations. “I keep a list in my phone or a note of who I meet and what I see, and we put it together as an exhibit. It is a great thing to see materialise” says McCloud “and is entirely focused on brilliant people who aren’t yet in the public eye, but who really deserve to be.” The exhibit is designed not only to inspire people, but also celebrates Grand Designs Live’s wider message of sustainable living.
Here are some of the designs that caught our eye:
On a recent visit to “Home” and “Top Drawer” 2013, at London’s Earls Court, we donned our trekking boots in search of the latest sustainable designs. Home is a design-led interior & home accessories industry show, which took place alongside Top Drawer, a showcase for over 700 British and international retail suppliers.
Here are some of our favourites from the shows:
At All Lovely Stuff loveliness is at the core of whatever they do. They have the ethos that if you really love something you’ll want to hold onto it, which is good for everyone. Each item has an element of character, or humour, which helps to build an emotional connection with the user.
These delicious flavoured doughnuts are made from beech and are iced in strawberry pink, chocolate brown and sugar white. Designed in conjunction with Michael Marriott.
We briefly mentioned the work of Chris Haughton of NODE, in October 2012, in our summary of Tent London, knowing that we would return to the story to give you greater detail.
Chris Haughton of NODE
Chris Haughton is a children’s book author and illustrator who has been working in Fairtrade for the past 9 years. In 2010 Chris spent eight months in India and Nepal working with Fairtrade groups. The projects he developed resonated with people and became popular online; he was featured in Eye Magazine, Fast Company and other publications.
More recently he sought the help of Akshay Sthapit, a Kathmandu based entrepreneur with a passion for social projects, to develop a venture making and selling Fairtrade rugs. Together they called themselves NODE.
Rug design by Chris Haughton