The best of this year’s RCA Design Products graduates delivered projects with real purpose, tackling overconsumption, exploring new techniques and designing for adaptable living
The Royal College of Art’s annual graduate show opens to the public tomorrow (18 June), with the Design Products projects on display at the institution’s Kensington Campus until 29 June.
The best of the graduates from this year’s course delivered projects with real purpose, tackling overconsumption, exploring new techniques and designing for adaptable living. Here are some of the highlights.
Ying Chang: Grid furniture system
The Grid furniture system has a mind-boggling number of configurations, changing from desk to storage to dinner table. A series of metal mesh boxes are contained within an aluminium frame, supporting various accessories for different uses.
Watch Ying Chang’s Grid furniture system in use
Mireia Gordi i Vila: Fragile packaging system
Fragile is a packaging system designed to safely transport items such as wine bottles. The re-useable design is an alternative to disposable cardboard and is made of mesh stretched around a frame and impregnated with silicon pads.
Kirsi Enkovaara: marbled containers
The marbled effect of Enkovaara’s containers is achieved by filling them first with water and then a layer of coloured oil paint. As the water drains away, the paint patterns the interior surfaces: a visual imprint of the forces of gravity.
Tino Seubert: Hot-dip galvanised objects
Hot-dip galvanising is an industrial process used to protect exposed steelwork from the elements. Seubert’s collection looks at the crystalline surface patterns that form during the process as an aesthetic in its own right.
Iona Inglesby: DNA woven fabric
Like a modern tartan, Inglesby’s woven tapestry is made using code from her family’s DNA. The genes of each family member are assigned colours and displayed as a grid, making it easy to see the similarities in their genetic make-up.