- 24 May 2022
- 1 minute
Throughout the process of selecting furniture, the team sought to work with or acquire works by RCA alumni wherever possible. The fit-out functions as something of a living gallery of great design by RCA graduates, and highlights the significant contribution the RCA has made to the furniture and industrial design over the years.
LTS have been the architects for the fitout, with RCA alumni James Watts acting as lead interior designer. James joined LTS in 2018 after completing an MA in Interior Design where he was able to develop his interests in sustainability, circularity and the responsible use of materials. His thesis was focused on plastic and was a finalist in the Helen Hamlyn Design Awards. This interest in sustainability has been pivotal in shaping the approach to the fitout for the new building.
Calvert 107, designed by Margaret Calvert, is being used as the wayfinding font throughout the buildings. Calvert taught at the Royal College of Art for almost 40 years and was Head of Graphics from 1987 to 1991. Since then her fonts have been a mainstay of the College’s graphic identity.
Luke Pearson and Tom Lloyd, the founders of Pearson Lloyd, met at the RCA in 1991 and work together out of a shared interest in bridging the gap between the culture of furniture making and the growing complexities of a globalised world. Their sofas will be found in the Rausing Research building.
Shin and Tomoko Azumi both studied at the RCA in the mid 90s before founding Lapalma. In 2000, at the turn of the millennium, the LEM stool (which you will find on level 7 of the Rausing Research Building) was created, one of the symbols of Lapalma's style.
Many of the chairs, stools, benches and meeting tables found throughout the building have been designed by Very Good & Proper, a studio led by designers Ed Carpenter and Andre Klauser, both graduates and subsequent tutors on the Design Products MA. You will also find RCA alumni Michael Marriott’s bird stool, designed for Very Good and Proper, throughout the building.
The Cardinal Stool, which can be found in the Rausing Research Building, was designed by Jemma Ooi and Nathan Philpott, co-founders of Studio Custhom, established in 2010 after they graduated from the RCA. Jemma is now a tutor on the Textiles MA Programme.
Also of interest
The opening of our new campus marks a critical in the RCA’s transformation into a dynamic, STEAM-focused university enabling our community of postgraduate students to tackle pressing global challenges – by bringing together diverse disciplines in one unique space.
With funding from the government and from donors including the Sigrid Rausing Trust and the Spiegel Family Fund, we are providing four extra storeys of studio space for our students, new homes for our research centres and InnovationRCA, and advanced facilities including a robotics hangar and a unique purpose-built space for our sculpture students.
Explore some of our new spaces below.