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Student Showcase Archive

Emma de la Chapelle

MA work

MA work

  • Project magnets

    Project magnets, 2017

  • Samples of textiles

    Samples of textiles, 2017


We are creatures of convenience. The majority of humanity now lives in a world of material abundance and in the Western world it is possible to have access to almost anything people desire. This convenience however comes at a cost; lifestyles enabled by disposable and unsustainable products and product packaging is ruining the planet. The implications of this are now becoming apparent with the public domain and consciousness, but in order for significant change to happen the vast majority of consumers need to be making well-informed choices.

By creating minimally-invasive alterations to already existing designs, people could implement meaningful changes tomorrow - and move quicker towards the goal of being kinder on our environment. This project explores different possibilities for reducing single-use plastic items such as plastic cutlery, drinking straws and stirrers, and allowing already existing products to fill in for that function instead. We simply do not need plastic cutlery that will last for 500 years, especially when we only need them for an average of 20 minutes.



  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Design Products, 2018

  • Degrees

  • BA Interior and Spatial Design, Chelsea College of Art and Design, 2014; Foundation Degree, University for Creative Arts, Canterbury, 2010
  • Experience

  • Intern, Designgoat, Dublin, 2016; Assistant, LottStudio, Melbourne, 2015; Intern, Mance Design, Melbourne, 2014-2015; Intern, Berry Place, London, 2013; Founder, Chap&Chums, London/Finland, 2017