Royal College of Art Graduate Show: My Top 3 Designers!

Maiko Takeda royal college of art summer exhibition show

Last weekend, I went with some designer friends to visit the Graduate Show of the Royal College of Art.

This show is where students of this prestigious school get to display their final collection to the public. Every program is represented from Product Design to Fashion Accessories or Textiles.

It was a unique opportunity to discover some very futuristic designers and reflect on a couple of new ideas! Check out my top 3!

Maiko Takeda royal college of art summer exhibition show

On the Fashion side, my favourite was Maiko Takeda. Originally from Tokyo, Maiko moved to London to study Jewellery Design at Central Saint Martins and is now currently finishing a Master in Millinery at the Royal College of Art. Her work experience includes Issey Miyake, Philip Treacy and Erickson Beamon. For the RCA Graduate Show, she created these futuristic hats. I never saw something like that and it was absolutely breathtaking!

Maiko Takeda royal college of art summer exhibition show

A New Life for Food WasteOn the Product Design side, an invention I particularly liked was the one of Kosuke Araki, another Japanese student.

Kosuke wanted to try to help fight the enormous problem that is food waste and found a really clever way to transform food waste into.. chic tableware! Hard to believe that old chicken bones and egg shells could become kitchen bowls and containers but true. Kosuke now sells both the bowls themselves or the DIY manual if you prefer to make them yourself.

royal college of art summer exhibition show

Royal College of Art Summer Graduate Exhibition

Lastly, I loved the Alchemist’s Dressing Table of Lauren Davies.

Inspired by the issue of hidden chemical products in the beauty products which we rub every day on our bodies without knowing what they are and what they do to us, Lauren Davies decided to create a DIY set of tools to enable us to make our own beauty products at home.

Tools include a distiller to make floral waters and essential oils, a kohl plate to make eyeliner and mascara and an infuser to macerate plants and make scented balms and creams. The idea is genius.. Look out for her invention in future beauty reports!

Royal College of Art Summer Graduate Exhibition

The Royal College of Art’s Graduate Show is running till the 30th of June.

It is free and open to all. Go!

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