‘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?
Private View: Tuesday 10th June 6pm-10pm
Opening times: Wednesday 11th - Saturday 21st June
Central House (4th Floor)
59-63 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7PF (see map)