Gallery: Royal College of Art Unveils “Design For The Real World” Exhib...

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Anton Alvarez developed a "Thread Wrapping Machine" that enables discarded and waste materials to be bound together to make unusual random objects.

“Ento – The Art of Eating Insects” aims to introduce the high-protein, energy-efficient insects into western diets through a set of ready-made meals created by Aran Dasan, Jonathan Fraser, Jacky Chung and Julene Aguirre-Bielschowsky.

“Pack!” by Alei Verspoor is a multifunctional object that can be used as elegant and modular bag, a seat or a storage device. The design could be easily transformed and disassembled using fast, lo-tech techniques.

Made from a single piece of biodegradable wool felt, “Lasso” by Gaspard Tiné-Berés are warm, comfortable slippers that are stitched together with standard colored laces.

“Nido” is a modular, sustainable insulation product for Northwest Mexico designed by Julene Aguirre-Bielschowsky. It seeks to activate local economies with the use of waste such as sun dried grapes stalks and crushed seashells.

“The Polyfloss Factory” is a joint effort by Nicholas Paget, Emile De Visscher, Christopher Machet and Audrey Gaulard, who created a process for turning plastic waste (typically PP) into plastic candy floss — with multiple future uses — inspired in the principles of the cloud-like sweet.

Fabienne Hess’ “Recovered VIII – Digital Print on Silk” is a collection of over 30,000 discarded images found on computers and printed on to silk exploring what happens to modern digital trash.

Anton Alvarez developed a “Thread Wrapping Machine” that enables discarded and waste materials to be bound together to make unusual random objects.

Hal Watts is a bike-powered machine for recycling electrical and electronic waste designed for small-scale workshops in developing countries.

“Pig Welfare – The Enrichment Feed System ®” addresses animal welfare and food waste in a project by Anne Sofie Lefevre that consists of engaging pigs in a better, more natural life before being served on a plate.

“Zero” by Henry Cloke is a public rental vehicle that seeks to find innovative sustainable transport solutions within cities.

Through a crafts exchange between the UK and Uganda, Kirsten Scott developed “Pidgin Plait,” a series of naturally dyed, local pleated palm leaves to be knitted into luxurious hats helping women in rural Africa.

While Design for the Real World (the book) was selling like hot cakes outside for only £10; inside, the winning projects were being announced.

Congratulations to the well-deserved RCA’s Sustain Awards’ winners: “Ento – The Art of Eating Insects,” “Pack!”, “Esource” and “I Wanna Deliver a Shark…”!

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  1. June 26, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    I really love the look and looks very comfortable.

  2. spydermad February 2, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Lasso is on kickstarter!

  3. sammeme December 3, 2012 at 11:25 am

    where can ifind a pattern for these lasso shoes

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