Conran Foundation Award at RCA Show in Milan

19 April 2012 – The Conran Foundation today announced the winner of a special award at the Royal College of Art’s exhibition Paradise at the Milan Salone.

MA Design Products student Norie Matsumoto was awarded the prize for her 'Chiffon Light'. Matsumoto’s starting point for the design was a project to demonstrate colour and form. Utilising thin, transparent fabric, hung vertically, she created a 3D structure as one of a series of studies that explores varying colour intensity, moving shadows and moiré patterns.

Former Provost of the RCA, Sir Terence Conran, Lady Conran and Sean Sutcliffe from The Conran Foundation formed the judging panel, along with RCA Rector Dr Paul Thompson and Hilary French from Design Products.

Speaking about the winning design the judges commented:

'Norie Matsumoto’s light was chosen because the design is beautiful, fully resolved, affordable and could go into production tomorrow. All of these qualities very much reflect The Conran Foundation’s core principles.'

Other students highly commended for the award were:

‘Making Money in Milan’ by Petter Thorne, Nic Wallenberg and Sam Weller; an interactive project that uses design and ‘craft’ skills to create ersatz currency. In a process of haphazard craft, throughout the exhibition the design team have been melting, casting and mauling pewter into coins with a bespoke set of tools. The project’s aim is to question the real value of money in a world of economic crisis.

‘Sea Chair’ by Alexander Groves, Azusa Murakami and Kieren Jones is furniture made entirely from marine microplastic recovered from the ocean. With the help of the UK’s fishing community, the Sea Chair Project explores a future sea plastic industry.

The judges were also impressed by the work of Sculpture student Anton Burdakov; Painting student Luke Dilorio and Ceramics & Glass student Camille Flammarion.

Paradise is open to the public in Milan until Sunday 22 April at Via Ventura 4 in the Ventura Lambrate district. The exhibition is part of the College’s 175th anniversary celebrations, organised by the RCA’s Design Products programme and featuring work by over 90 students and recent graduates from across the College’s art and design disciplines.

Paradise is kindly supported by The Conran Foundation.