Paradise is the title of the Royal College of Art’s exhibition at this year’s Milan Design Week, held April 17-22 2012. Organised as in previous editions by the college’s Design Products department, this year, for the first time, the RCA exhibition will include work from over 80 students and recent graduates across the college’s courses, including Animation, Architecture, Ceramics & Glass, Design Interactions, Design Products, Fine Art, Innovation Design Engineering, Textiles and Visual Communication.
Kane Cali is a first year MA student in the Ceramics & Glass programme whom we remember from seeing his work at New Designers in 2010 on the UCA Farnham stand. For Milan, Kane’s Masterpiece series of chandelier and pendant lights ‘are formed from the sound-wave patterns taken from classical music, generated through audio recording software. The shape is manipulated through 3D software to create the fluid pieces.’
Camille Flammarion is a final year MA student on the college’s Ceramics & Glass course. Module from 2D to 3D ‘explores the idea of how 3D modular items can be an extension of a 2D pattern. The modules can be assembled into an array of forms and sizes, either as pots, vases or sculptural objects.’
Pia Wüstenberg graduated from the MA Design Products course last year. Her Stacking Vessels in ceramic, glass, birch wood are ‘part of a series called ‘New Urban Crafts’ which study the transition of traditional crafts into potential new urban craft and material. Each composition suggests a scenario of use and can be be assembled into individual, functional objects.’
Not So Expanded Polystyrene furniture is by Silo Studio, see their ARTS THREAD portfolio here, who are Attua Aparicio and Oscar Wanless, 2011 graduates of the RCA Design Products programme. The studio’s Not So Expanded Polystyrene range has recently been nominated for the Designs of the Year award at London’s Design Museum in the furniture category.
Dr Paul Thompson, Rector of the RCA says: ‘The Design Products programme has been exhibiting successfully at the Milan Salone for several years. The opportunity to show a wider selection of student work to an international audience will be a great way to commemorate the College’s 175th birthday. Paradise will be a celebration of creativity from across the college, it will reflect the importance of creative thinking and the ways it can alter the world we live in.’
Paradise will be at Via Ventura 4, Milan 20134 from April 17-22