Gallery: Goldsmiths University’s “How Come?” Show Poses Questions About...

"How Come? " is the title of Goldsmiths University of London's student show this year, and as the name suggests, the theme centers around intellectual curiosity about the theory behind design. The show is part of the London Design Festival and based in the brilliant space at The Rag Factory in East London this year. The exhibition combines masters student work from a range of academic disciplines, from critical practice to design and environment, and the green designs that we spotted were much more conceptual, with product outcomes mostly often forming part of a much wider social question.

Inessa Demidova’s ‘Books Are Not Waste’ project questioned where all the discarded books go. She had a fascinating book-themed display that proposed a system of re-circulation, re-purposing and safe disposal. The re-purposing element displayed a number of fun ways to make crafts from an unwanted book, like this quirky book bird box.

Carmen Shiu called to Repair The Industry’ in her work that examines the often overlooked ceramic waste. She states that “Ceramic industry can easily produce 20,000 tons of ceramic waste each year” and her critical design project aims to raise awareness of this. She had a brilliant range of of objects that included glasses, a glass, a jacket, a walking stick and a lightbulb that had all been repaired using ceramics and the japanese art of kintsugi in an innovative way.

This eye-catching mask installation made from recycled bottles formed part of the Waste Disposal project by Katarina Dimitrijevic. This striking visual outcome is part Katarina’s Mres Design which calls for people to “rethink the way we organize, design and manufacture in urban future.”


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