words Anna Bates
We’re presenting the best work from London’s graduate shows in the new issue of icon (063) – but over the next few days we’ll also post work from the best-performing colleges online.
Starting with the Design Products course from the Royal College of Art, we especially liked Freddie Yauner’s projects – including his self-explanatory Highest Popping Toaster in the World. Here, we’ve shown his Fastest Clock (it gives the time to a millionth of a second) from the Because We Can series, which satirises our excessive lifestyles.
Taking gaming to a new level, Marc Owens’ Avatar Machine turns the user into a virtual character – a camera suspended from the costume allows the person to view him or herself in the third person from a screen integrated into the helmet. “Will the user demonstrate behaviours normally reserved for the gaming environment?” Owens asks.
Simon Hasan made stools and vases from boiled leather (with the occasional splash of acrylic for decoration), and Alon Meron designed a device for Mothercare that turns the human arm into a swing. Although it complies with all of the child safety regulations, we don’t like the thought of what it might do to our backs.
Yuri Suzuki’s Sound Chaser is a record player – the needle travels round in a little train and the record is a “track” made from cut-up jumble sale albums, which the user can arrange. Another version used the finger as the record needle. There wasn’t a clear product here, but we hope Suzuki continues working on the concept as we see great potential.
We also liked Maja Ganszyniec’s re-design (and great improvement) of the plug, and Jon Harrison’s collection of objects with two functions, which loyally builds on the affordance concept practised by Naoto Fukasawa and Jasper Morrison.
top image Marc Owen
Alon Meron, Swing Arm
Freddie Yauner, the Fastest Clock
Jon Harrison, Dual Purpose
Maja Ganszyniec, Easy Plug
Marc Owens, Avatar Machine
Mikael Silvanto, 08 Radio
Simon Hasan, Bambi and Twist stools
Victoria Wilmotte, a Domestic Landscape