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Restless Futures at London Design Festival, Central Saint Martins
September 18, 2014
Showcasing the future of design practice, Central Saint Martins’ recent graduates show off their latest projects at the Restless Futures exhibition as part of London Design Festival.
There are the expected technology-attuned designs, such as a 3D printed sake set. Also the amusingly clever innovations; digital printable artwork controlled by sitting on a chair for instance, captioned ‘print your arse off’. But alongside these there are a number of beautiful and unique projects on offer at the Restless Futures exhibition that are clever, unexpected and downright visionary. Here are some of our favourites.
MA Design: Ceramics student Bethan Lewis William’s glowing orbs look at first glance like moulded plastic, once up close however, the beauty of the porcelain becomes evident. Their surfaces have been manipulated using a combination of a 19th century technique called lithophane and 3D printing to vary their thickness, allowing light to bring hidden landscape images to life.
Looking like something straight out of a mad science lab movie set, Zuzana Gombosova, MA Material Futures has explored the potential of lab grown materials through his project Invisible Resources, which initiates the growth of bacterial cellulose. Zuzana will be demonstrating the process live every day from 4 to 5pm.
Organ 33 by Maylinda Bhakdithanaseth, MA Design: Jewellery student, is a Surrealism inspired jewellery series treating hair as a workable material just like fabric. There’s something reminiscent of Dali’s propped up melting clocks about this piece in particular.
Another student looking into experimental materials, Cecilie Elisabeth Rudolph BA Textile Design, has experimented with foods for design and fashion purposes. Her Velbekomme project takes fish skin, vegetable peels and other waste foodstuffs and prints them with design motifs using food-based print pastes creating edible biodegradable couture materials.
Open Tools by Josh Worley, BA Product Design, is possibly the most instantly real-world-applicable of all the projects on display. An open source web platform opentools.cc allows anyone to download the templates for making various power drill operated tools from plywood sheeting; including a wood turning lathe, potters wheel and a workbench. This rebellion against hands off making using technologies such as 3D printing encourages users to craft objects with their hands, a refreshing objective amid a trend toward the implementation of the latest technology.
Restless Futures continues until the 21st as part of The London Design Festival, for more information go to londondesignfestival.com/events/restless-futures-london-design-festival
Maxine Kirsty Sapsford, Arts Editor