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The RCA Presents (Un)finished. at the London Design Festival

Dates: 12–20 September 2020

Times: 10am–6pm

Location: 35-36 Thurloe Place, Kensington, London SW7 2HP

(Un)finished. is a showcase of selected work by RCA 2020 MA Design Products graduates as part of Brompton Design District at the London Design Festival. 

The exhibition presents two intertwined aspects of design: processes and finished outcomes. Visitors can expect a changing curated showcase of ‘finished’ objects as part of a traditional exhibition, alongside a workshop hosting daily residencies where designers will be seen making pieces. (Un)finished. will recreate the collaborative environment of design studio spaces that was lost due to the pandemic. 

In line with latest Government advice, visitors to (Un)finished. will be required to wear face coverings inside the exhibition – one of a wide range of careful measures put in place to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

Georgia Cottington (MA Design Products, 2020), said: ‘(Un)finished. is our response to these unpredictable times. The pandemic not only drove the sentiment behind the show but also the design; the exhibit can be viewed by visitors one by one but also through the windows of 35 Thurloe Place, like a cabinet of curiosities’.

Selected highlights of (Un)finished include: 

  • A reimagining of the white cane, as a tool for mobility for people with visual impairment using ultrasonic and infrared sensors to detect the environment (designed by Eric Saldanha).
  • A collection of earthenware cups sourced and produced in location, that question the delicate system of supply and demand during a crisis (designed by Max Hornaecker). 
  • A tile made from recycled glass which enables people to grow microgreens in their own home, and storage system for the fruit and vegetables in urban apartments without using electricity (designed by Lea Randebrock). 
  • A tableware set that contains fragments found in the foreshore of the River Thames with the aim to give these fragments a second life (designed by Maria Ramon Vazquez).
  • Open-source tools that can be utilised with locally available containers and knowledge for domestic cultivation of Spirulina, a blue-green alga rich with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and is a plant-based source of complete protein (designed by Anya-Muangkote).

Design Products is an MA programme at the Royal College of Art that brings together a diverse cohort from all over the world.  The programme encourages proactive designers who can tackle both real world and future challenges through balancing high levels of creativity and technical delivery with contextual insight, empathy and diversity. Testing and pushing the boundaries of design. The 2020 graduates work explores the themes of social, environmental, material, wellbeing, interaction and speculative futures.

Full list of designers exhibiting: Elliot Lunn, Georgia Cottington, Eric Saldanha, Rashmi Bidasaria, Roc H Biel, Max Hornaecker, Lea Randebrock, Xiyi Wu, Maria Ramon Vazquez, Minsu Kim, Rowan Vyvyan, Roseanne Wakely, Oliver Hawkes, Andrew Scott, Guorong Luo, Anya Muangkote, Aliki Siganou.

ENDS

A selection of press images can be found here.

For further information please contact Bethany Bull, RCA Communications and Marketing Department [email protected] / [email protected]

Notes to Editors

London Design Week: 12 – 20 September 2020
Exhibition: (Un)Finished.
Dates: 12 – 20 September 2020
Times: 10am–6pm
Location: 35-36 Thurloe Place, Kensington, London SW7 2HP

About the RCA

The Royal College of Art, the  world’s number one university for art and design, provides students with unrivalled opportunities to deliver art and design projects that transform the world.

A small, specialist and research-intensive postgraduate institution based in the heart of London, the RCA is a high performing, radical traditionalist in a fast paced world.

The RCA's approach is founded on the premise that art, design, creative thinking, science, engineering and technology must all collaborate to solve today's global challenges.

The College employs around 1000 professionals from around the world – professors, researchers, art and design practitioners, advisers and visiting lecturers – to teach and develop students in 30 academic programmes.

RCA students are exposed to new knowledge in a way that encourages them to experiment. Working across scientific and technical canvases and beyond set boundaries, RCA students seek to solve real-world problems.

The RCA runs joint courses with Imperial College London and the Victoria & Albert Museum. InnovationRCA, the College’s centre for enterprise, entrepreneurship, incubation and business support, has helped over 50 RCA business ideas become a reality that has led to the creation of over 600 UK jobs.

 The RCA GenerationRCA campaign, launched in 2019, propels the College’s radical new academic vision by focusing on three key pillars: ‘Place, Projects and People’. This programme sees the RCA transform its campuses and the ways in which the College teaches, researches and creates. It includes the construction of the Herzog & de Meuron-design flagship building in Battersea and introduction of future programmes centres on nano and soft robotics, computer science and machine learning, materials science and the circular economy. 

Alumni include Sir David Adjaye OBE, Christopher Bailey MBE, Sir James Dyson CBE, David Hockney OM CH RA, Tracey Emin CBE, Thomas Heatherwick CBE, Lubaina Himid CBE, Dame Zandra Rhodes DBE, Sir Ridley Scott and Clare Waight Keller.