RCA degree show 2013

Posted on July 2, 2013 by Toothpicker There have been 2 comment(s)


Darwin building in Kensington: Enfatung (unfold/expand/develop) by Jule Waibel


Being one of the top art and design colleges in the U.K. ( if not the world), the annual RCA degree show is where you will find the design stars of the future. Out of the two sites, I only visited the Kensington one where they exhibited products, fashion, textiles, vehicle, design interactions, innovation design engineering, visual communication and animation. It took me several hours to wander through the two buildings, and there are many fresh and inspiring work to be found throughout.


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Top left: Emma Sheldon's experimental textiles; top middle: Georgia Dorey; top right: Wonseok Jung's The Bird; Bottom left: David Steiner's In House; Bottom right: Shruti Grover's Gu Bank


Here are some of my favourites from the show:

David Steiner's "In House": this is a very clever and wonderful project/ experiment that utilises found materials and appliances at home to create new objects and tableware. Watch the video to find out the designer's home production process:


In House from David Steiner on Vimeo


Wonseok Jung's work explores mechanical systems and its relationship with the users, with a particular interest in the perception of time. I was really intrigued by his "Time Slicer", a time measuring device that measures time via the process of pencil sharpening! The mechanical device continuously sharpens the pencil until it disappears completely, which will take one month, so 12 pencils will take 1 year!

His other work, "The bird" ( see above) is an interactive lighting device that alters the perception of time and space. Each bird flaps its wings at different speeds, which manipulates the viewer's sense of time.



Top left: Chris Nott's Multicultural London English: Innovation starts inner city; Sam Ashton's illustrations; Main: Stevens Building


Sam Ashton's illustrations ( see above) are simple and earthy with a strong folk art influence. I especially like the illustrated zodiac symbols.

I love Giulia Garbin's linocut print and letterpress book, The street of ink ( see below). It is a nostalgic print book ( accompanied by audio sound) on Fleet Street, its people, print-making and its glorious past.



Top left: Jeff Gough's Jeff Gough; Giulia Garbin's The street of ink; Main: Pippa Murray's Moulding our woodlands; Bottom left: Ju Yeun Kim's Ubran picnic; Bottom right: Nathan Burr and Louis Buckley's Suicide walk


Pippa Murray is a designer and maker who creates bespoke furniture from locally sourced and sustainable Cumbrian hardwood. For her "Moulding Our Woodlands" project, she designed a table with legs that are made of compressed greenwood shavings ( great idea!) and you can watch the video here:


Just Wood - Moulding our Woodlands from Dom Bush - Land and Sky Media on Vimeo.


Yosuke Ushigome's project, "Commoditised Warfare" is rather unusual, it proposes an alternative world where spectacular events are custom designed to replace traditional warfare as a means of solving seemingly chronic conflicts. A stadium-ship will be sent to intervene North Korea's dispute with South Korea, Japan and the US via a synchronised Baseball game. A competition with a bizarre ceremony will be held across the border between India and Pakistan, and another one will take place in the Falkland Islands between the British and Argentinian to blow up as many mines as possible via unmanned devices and penguins as camera operators. Sounds bizarre? Yes but perhaps some humour and lighthearted approach is necessary to solve the mounting conflicts between countries these days.

Last but not least, Suicide walk is a collaboration project between Nathan Burr and Louis Buckley. The duo conducted a 100-Mile Conversation to explore the relationship between landscape and suicide, discussing the subject on route with over twenty people, including archaeologists, historians, Samaritans, paranormal investigators, writers, psychologists, musicians, artists, a therapist, a protester, and a sociologist.

I find the concept very intriguing especially because suicide and death is not a topic that people in the West often want to discuss in public ( yet it is happening around us all the time). They are also involved with the Death cafe ( it's for real!) based on work of Swiss sociologist and death cafe pioneer Bernard Crettaz. It is free event where people can enjoy tea, cakes and discuss death...  how sweet! Now I am really curious...


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2 Responses to RCA degree show 2013

  • cloe says:

    Hi Just so you know that the Middle photograph is by Georgia Dorey, not Jess Edwards.

    Posted on July 9, 2013 at 1:48 am

  • Rebecca says:

    Thanks for your correction, will correct it accordingly.

    Posted on July 10, 2013 at 12:03 am