Our design editor’s favourites of the CSM graduate show
Furniture styled on Mexican masks, vases made from insect waste and a wealth of production-ready designs were the highlights of Central Saint Martins’ ingenious graduate show (on until 22 June).
Ana Jiménez Palomar: Los Enmascarados
Los Enmascarados are five playful furniture pieces based on traditional Mexican character masks. Three monster-like maquettes and two full-size cabinets represent a drunk lady, an old man, the devil, a two-faced person and a buffoon.
Troels Flensted: Poured series
Flensted uses leftover materials to make his Poured series, mixing different coloured chips, pigments and resin and leaving them to set in a mould. So far, he has used the resulting surface material to make a tabletop and a light.
Watch the making of Flensted’s Poured table
Luisa Kahlfeldt: Unit lamp
Many BA Product Design graduates worked with real-world clients, resulting in well-resolved designs that look ready for market. In Kahlfeldt’s case, the client was Luceplan, for whom she designed the clever wall-mounted lamp, Unit.
Marlene Huissoud: Vessels in insect waste
The potential for insect waste as a design material has been too long overlooked, according to Marlene Huissoud. Propolis, the resin that bees collect from tree sap, was coaxed into glass-like vessels that Huissoud later engraved.
Laura Daza: Coloured vessels
Daza’s project looks to a time before colour came to be commercialised and industrially produced. By revisiting the craft of sourcing and extracting pigments she’s in search of a more intimate relationship with colour.
Timothée Mion: Le M speaker
Le “M” is a speaker that uses an electromagnet and iron filings to visualise sound patterns. Mion says the product adds to the experience of listening to music, by providing a visual stimulus and another type of connection with the user.