RCA Work-in-Progress: School of Design
By Gemma Riberti

Despite London’s current commuter chaos, Stylesight managed to attend the bustling RCA show last night, which pointed towards some innovative and inspiring works to …

Feb 06, 2014
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Despite London’s current commuter chaos, Stylesight managed to attend the bustling RCA show last night, which pointed towards some innovative and inspiring works to come.

A selection of chairs from SUPERFORM – a module that teaches students about form

The RCA Work-in-Progress show is an event that showcases student’s work halfway through the year, in order to give a taste of what is to come from one of the most renowned schools of design. Works from the Vehicle Design, Product Design and Design Interactions courses were on show, among others, and the enthusiastic crowd was eager to see what the young creative minds were working on. Biomimicry and sustainable materials were on the agenda as well as a display of works centered around the senses.

Kyugum Hwang experiments with eggshells as biodegradable materials.

From the Vehicle Design course, Sean Parsons’ idea for an interior would obliterate the notion of depreciation. His self-generating mesh structure would grow and shift throughout the user’s lifetime in order to accomodate their changing physical needs.

Sean Parsons’ self-replicating mesh

Pursuing the MA Product Design course, Louie Rigano took the theme of replication to create a range of functional items like cups and teapots using a porcelain film called Keraflex. Due to a cutting-and-folding assembly process, the material allows for increased standardization, while prints and patterns can be transferred with exactitude.

Louie Rigano’s beautiful porcelain collection

Below is a selection of our favorite works from the show. We look forward to the graduate shows in June, where these projects will evolve and become fully realized. – Louise Stuart Trainor

Tino Seubert’s experiments with galvanized steel

Julia Georgallis’ investigations into the patterns of the kitchen 

Yasuhiro Suzuki’s moldings created in spun silk

Louie Rigano’s printed porcelain vase

A chair from the SUPERFORM module


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