Power to the people

The Cass Lecturer collaborates with non-profit organisation People of the Sun in Malawi to empower local artisans.
Date: 26 February 2013

Rentaro Nishimura, who teaches furniture and product design students at The Cass, collaborated with non-profit organisation People of the Sun in Malawi on a project to to empower local artisans via Design.

Inspired by indigenous basket-weaving techniques of Malawi, Rentaro designed CONE, two nesting stools where basket making becomes structural, practical, modern and a means to fight poverty.

CONE is made by rural Malawian artisans using local ilala palm leaves and natural dyes from local trees. It uses a double curvature to derive its strength.

The project is part of the “Being Inspired and Inspirational” series, by People of the Sun, a non-profit organisation in Malawi aiming to improve the livelihoods of rural artisans via Craft & Design. “Being Inspired and Inspirational” is about creative synergies between international designers and local artisans in Malawi.

News details

Designer website rentaro.co.uk
Project website people-ofthesun.org

Recent news from The Cass

Cass Foundation course shows to open on 22 May

Senior lecturer Chi Roberts shares some exciting news about this year's Cass Foundation course shows.

London Met graduate designs artwork for Big Issue Royal Wedding edition

Cass graduate David Tovey discusses his remarkable life and his latest projects in the week his artwork is featured on the royal wedding edition of The Big Issue magazine.

Project Red catwalk show at The Cass

Fashion designers of the future showcase their designs in third annual fashion show.

Cass students selected as Venice 2018 Fellows

Two students have been awarded fellowships and will be spending a month in Venice conducting research.

London Met lecturer chosen for prestigious director’s residency

Lecturer Rishi Trikha is currently taking part in the Circus 50:50 programme and is undertaking a director’s residency at the Roundhouse and at the New Vic Theatre.

Cass Summer Shows 2018 – dates announced

Students from London Met’s Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design showcase their talent with a season of summer events.

Irish Writers in London Summer School

7 June - 13 July 2018

Dates announced for 23rd annual summer programme where students work with leading authors.

The Brady Clubs: An East End Community

2-18 May 2018

New exhibition explores pioneering East End youth clubs through photography and memorabilia.

Young entrepreneurs celebrated at Big Idea Challenge awards

Budding entrepreneurs from across London have been taking part in the annual Big Idea Challenge, one of London’s biggest entrepreneurial competitions for young people.

Ikebana, performance and art

Special Guest Lecturer Takaya Fujii gives students insight into contemporary work inspired by ancient Japanese tradition.

Cass tutor awarded Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship

Rosie Hervey, architecture alumna and tutor is awarded prestigious fellowship for project to investigate different models of ‘living together’.

First Year Interiors students visit the Old Oak Collective

First year Interiors students are investigating new typologies within architecture and were afforded the opportunity to visit the Old Oak Collective, a large co-living space.

A celebration of London's entrepreneurs at the Big Idea Challenge awards 2018

With over 10,000 votes cast world-wide, London Met’s Big Idea Challenge really was its biggest yet. Find out who the 2018 winners are.

PERFORMANCE: New Beginnings

10-12 May 2018

Graduation showcase by Theatre and Performance students at Chelsea Theatre

Antepavilion 2018 success

Architecture alumnus wins annual Architecture Foundation competition with design for inflatable performance venue.