"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.”
In the future we may all need a pet called the Vitiosae Vigilis to deal with air pollution speculates Elvira Grob. Her synthetic animal proposes to work as a human enhancement to sense the invisible pollution in the air and reveal the the effects of long-time exposure to air pollution.
Sang Min Park’s “Brand Diet“ is a simple, yet effective visual display featuring infographics in the form of receipts that show a number of Sang Min Park’s consumption habits over the last year. Sang Min Park stated the project aims were to encourage people to re-consider their own consumption levels.
We loved the playful Delay-O-Mat by Holger Klapperich. This intricate critical design invention is a vending machine that offers either a fast or slow method of deliver, with the slow track delivering a positive experience for the user. This is a critic on the system where society has a constant need for speed. We think there is definitely a green value in creating slower, more valuable experiences in everyday life.
This beautiful glowing paper dress was part of Si Wai Cheong‘s work that looked at how to embed sustainable practices within the fashion industry.
The How Come show was definitely worth a visit, it was an energetic space with a diverse mix of projects on show. Whilst there, we were also invited to join a crochet workshop, but opted instead to take a photograph of this colourful crocheting group. We left thinking about lots of the big issues that affect our daily lives, so we think that these questioning projects did their job well.