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James Fraser

MA work

solace (Solo Major) & re:flex (Final Group Project)

solace (Solo Major Project)

solace is a series of compact, indoor, three-dimensional solar arrays to light home and work environments. Designed as Luminescent Solar Concentrators (LSC), these objects use quantum principles to manipulate light, increasing solar efficiency in diffuse light conditions. Combining fluorescence and optics gives solace a unique aesthetic, drawing the eye away from the solar cell and into the narrative of light. 

re:flex (Final Group Project)

re:flex is a shape memory material that can be programmed to change its form in response to heat. Despite over three decades of research into shape memory materials, they have still yet to be widely adopted and are largely invisible in our everyday lives. They are prohibitively expensive, difficult to obtain and even more difficult to process. Inspired by natural structures where the material is the machine, we developed re:flex as a low cost, widely available and more sustainable shape memory material, which can be manufactured at low temperatures on a large scale. With re:flex we imagine a world where the materials we use are no longer inert, allowing objects to be reshaped by users according to their needs.


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2019

  • James is a designer, mechanical engineer and material explorer specialising in sustainable product development. In his practice the goal is great design and zero landfill. He creates delightful experiences and products that allow people to live in greater harmony with the natural environment, using the constraints of sustainability and circularity as inspiration for innovation. Working mostly with physical media, his favourite forms are the most truthful ones. He enjoys the complex challenge of designing simple things.

  • Degrees

  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Advanced Design and Innovation, University of Bath, 2012
  • Experience

  • Freelance industrial designer, Sprout Design, London, 2018; Graduate mechanical engineer, Cambridge Design Partnership, Cambridge, 2017; Project engineer, 3P innovation, Warwick, 2015
  • Awards

  • Finalist, The Mayor's Entrepreneur Competition, 2019; Distinction, Artefact Linguistics MA Dissertation, 2018; Industrial Design Studentship, Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, 2017; Engineering Leader's Scholarship, Royal Academy of Engineering, 2015