Studio 8: Next Generation

Show overview

‘Human creativity is the ultimate economic resource. The ability to come up with new ideas and better ways of doing things is ultimately what raises productivity and thus living standards.’ Florida R, 2002

This studio explores the challenges of making contemporary design accessible yet critically and creatively complex. Designers investigate a variety of outputs from couture to pret-a-porter, one-off to batch, ready-made to customized or co-designed. What you see is work in progress, moving towards the masters project, individually set, designed and delivered.

Students within the studio have been asked to consider the ethical & economic challenges of the bespoke, customised, batch and mass produced, to push their design capability to innovate in each realm from luxury, standardized to 'off the peg'. 

Through a series of projects, students have been asked to explore, diagnose and identify their individual design manifesto for creative & commercial practice. Projects to date include:

Who Am I? Star of Silent Creator

Meet My Industry? Craftsman or DIgital Thinker

The Future is Here? Past or Present

The Royal Academy: A Burlington Gardens (Client Project)

Commodity Fetishism & Objects of Desire

As students move into the major project phase, they will develop not only their design vocabulary but importantly their critical and conceptual voice. During the 21st century, what kind of designer does the world want, need or desire? Should we deliver it?


Exhibition Details

P.V. Tuesday 10th June, 6-10pm
Opens Wed 11th - Sat 21st June
Venue Central House (4th floor)
Studio MA Studio 8: Next Generation
Course Furniture (MA)
Product Design (MA)
Jewellery (MA)
Fashion and Textiles (MA)


 Ceramic Series

By Jane Devonald 


By Bianca Balducci 

 RA Display

Tommy Papaioannou 


Bianca Balducci 

Private View: Tuesday 10th June 6pm-10pm

Opening times: Wednesday 11th - Saturday 21st June
Mon-Fri 10am-7pm
Sat 11am-6pm
Sun 11am-4pm

Central House (4th Floor) 
59-63 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7PF (see map)

Clare Ashenden-Williams
Bianca Balducci
Juliano Cordano
Jane Devonald
Dicle Erver
Thi Nguyen
Iyanu Odewale
Penny Asker
Minnie Young