11 December 2013- 21 April 2014

Jameel Prize Exhibition, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Plastic Gold will be shown at the V&A as part of the prestigious Jameel Prize exhibition. (see below for more information on the prize)

April-September 2013

Tales of Retirement, design ethnography

Over the past months, I conducted a design ethnography with Nesta and the Helen Hamlyn Centre, exploring different experiences and attitudes around the topic of retirement.
The intention of this research was to present the lives of those experiencing retirement in a way that engaged them in the conversation, allowing people to draw upon their lives and assist in the creation of more textured and realistic representations of their experiences.
More about this research on this website soon.

July 2013

Design Ethnography around Light uses

I conducted a design ethnography with the Startup Brightup. The aim was to develop a better understanding of how people use light at home and to guide Brightup in the development of their light automation product.
More about this research on this website soon.

June 2013

The Little Things wins the Fixperts, Helen Hamlyn Design Award!!

The Helen Hamlyn Design Awards is an open competition that rewards creativity in people-centred design across all disciplines. Entrants are nominated by Royal College of Art professors and heads of department.

The film, The Little Things, describes how RCA graduate Florie Salnot created a simple new device to make it easier for people with frailty in the hands to wear earrings.

Judge's comment: ‘This collaboration addresses not just functional need but personal desire as well. The film is beautifully made and the design is ingenious – a 'little thing' that makes a big difference.'
David Constantine, Motivation

Winner: Florie Salnot
Partner: Denise Stephens, Enabled by Design
Film Makers: Peter Judson and Rachel Singer

Fixperts is a social project and open knowledge sharing platform to enable designers to use their making skills to solve problems for other people. It was founded by RCA alumni, Daniel Charny and James Carrigan.

March 2013

Plastic Gold shortlisted for the Jameel Prize 2013

Great news announced this month! Plastic Gold is shortlisted for the Jameel Prize 2013!

The Jameel Prize is an international award for contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition. Its aim is to explore the relationship between Islamic traditions of art, craft and design and contemporary work as part of a wider debate about Islamic culture and its role today.

Extract from the V&A’s website :

The work of the shortlisted artists and designers will be shown at the V&A from 11 December 2013 until 21 April 2014. Although the shortlist is diverse, all the artists and designers are directly inspired by sources rooted in the Islamic tradition. The works on show will range from Arabic typography and calligraphy to fashion inspired by the Hagia Sofia in Istanbul and from social design and video installation to delicate and precise miniature drawings.

The winner of the Jameel Prize 3 will be announced at the V&A on 10 December 2013.

15 February- 1 September 2013

"Fuera de serie" exhibition, CentroCentro, Madrid, Spain.

Plastic Gold will be part of ‘Fuera de Serie’, an exhibition on « Things that design can change ».

This exhibition includes projects from :
Marcelo Rosembaum/Pedrita; Tomás Alonso; Curro Claret; Álvaro Catalán de Ocón; Guillem Ferran; Tomas Kral; Hella Jongerius; Martín Azúa; BCXSY; Florie Salnot; Fernando y Humberto Campana; Front; Scholten and Baijins; Max Lamb; Michael Young.

The exhibition is curated by Ms. Ana Domínguez Siemens.

Cibeles de Cultura y Ciudadanía
Plaza de Cibeles, s/n CP-28014 Madrid

14 February -28 April 2013

Everything Forever Now exhibition, Krakow, Poland.

Plastic Gold will be part of Everything Forever Now, an exhibition on design for a sustainable future presented by British Council at the new Museum of Contemporary Art Krakow.

Exhibition Curator: Henrietta Thompson
UK Project Manager: Evonne Mackenzie, British Council London.

January 2013

Plastic Gold, Nominated first of the Best ‘Re-Create Me’.

Plastic Gold was nominated first of the Best ‘Re-Create Me’ by the magazine Whack Smack Bang ! from Pinkeye.