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News and Events Archive: June 2009

Duke Of Kent To Visit The Cass

Prince Edward, The Duke Of Kent will open a fundraising event on the 4th June at The Parker Gallery in the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design. The visit commemorates the tenth anniversary of the arrival of the world famous Parker Collection to the University. 130 people are expected to attend the fund raising event including the trustees of the Parker Foundation, representatives from Parker Knoll, the University executive, the furniture industry, guilds, and their guests. The money raised will contribute to a fund that has been established to extend the Parker Collection by purchasing contemporary design chairs for the gallery. The Duke of Kent’s visit also marks another anniversary- his mother visited the Parker Knoll factory 50 years ago this week.

The Frederick Parker Foundation is a registered charity whose aim is to maintain a collection of chairs for students to study at close hand their history, development, design, construction and restoration. The Foundation seeks to promote and encourage the study of furniture history and in particular the design and development of British chairs.

June 6, 2009

Cass Alumni, staff and students exhibit at Pompidou Centre

WC Franck, a collaborative group of alumni, staff and students from The Cass (The Sir John Cass Department of Art , Media and Design) were invited to exhibit their explorations of replacement seat solutions to one of the world’s most famous chairs at the Boutique Printemps Design au Centre Pompidou, Paris following a September showcase at Designersblock, London.

The project and exhibition coincided with the 150th Anniversary of the model No.14 bentwood chair, also known as the ‘café' or ‘consumer chair’. Designed in 1859 by Michael Thonet the No. 14 is still in production today and which is thought to be the best selling chair of all time. Each member of the group created replacement seat proposals for the bentwood chairs, driven by the knowledge that many of the chairs are out of service due to missing seats. But the iconic frames also presented the group with other more expressive and experimental opportunities, resulting in six very different but equally stunning responses including seats using mirrors, folded paper, Chinese checkers and even a cup and saucer . It is hoped that the Thonet Project will inspire other owners of old bentwood chairs to get these proto-modern masterpieces out of their attics and basements and back into use.

The London-based furniture and product designers of WC Franck met whilst studying at London Metropolitan University. Amos Field Reid, Markus Kayser, Jess Corteen, and Steve Clutton were studying for a BA in Furniture and Product Design while Rentaro Nishimura was on the MA Product Design course and now teaches at the Cass. In 2008 a commission to create replacement seats for six old bentwood chairs saw them form a group alongside one of their lecturers, the designer William Warren. This first collaborative venture resulted in the Thonet Project exhibitions.

Whilst each member pursues their own independent design activities they also embark on group collaborations at intervals under the banner of WC Franck. These collaborations provide the group with a stimulating-working platform and presents rich opportunities for more ambitious projects. WC Franck members are available for commissions, either individually or as a group.

May 20, 2009

London Met are ambassadors for Coutts London Jewellery Week

London Metropolitan University are returning as educational ambassadors for Coutts London Jewellery Week. Taking place from 8th-14th June 2009, the second Coutts London Jewellery Week has been organised by the London Development Agency and the City Fringe Partnership and will see the jewellery industry uniting to showcase the UK’s status as one of the leading centres of global excellence for jewellery. Staff from The Cass (The Sir John Cass Department of Art Media and Design) have been involved in the planning of the event and the department will contribute several activities to the week, which coincides with their annual Summer Show.

The week has been designed to be an industry-wide celebration of all things jewellery, bringing together leading names and cutting edge designers, ultimately conveying the allure and diversity of British jewellery.

As part of the event, skilled practitioners from The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design will be providing taster workshops and talks for the public. There will be an exhibition of work by students on the department’s undergraduate and postgraduate jewellery courses at Central House on Whitechapel High Street.

The week will feature big name designers such as Stephen Webster and Shaun Leane, whose pieces are worn by the likes of Christina Aguilera, David Bowie and Liv Tyler. Standing alongside them will be the rising stars of London jewellery, like Amanda Brighton and Assya.

Visitors to London during the week will have the opportunity to take part in treasure hunts and museum trails and to find out more about London’s unique connection with the jewellery trade which dates back over a thousand years.

Based on work commissioned by the City Fringe Partnership, the organisation behind the event, with funding from the London Development Agency (LDA) Coutts London Jewellery Week was established in light of significant demand from both consumers and the jewellery industry itself. The first event in 2008 was very well-received by visitors and the industry. A number of high profile patrons have given their support to the week, including Laurence Graff, Sir Terence Conran, Theo Fennell, Nadia Swarovski, Amanda Wakeley and Sir Christopher Frayling, Chairman of the Arts Council of England.

Michael Upton, Academic Leader at the department said, "I’m delighted that we are once again so actively involved in this exciting project. As London’s largest University we are committed to shaping London as a world city. Creative industries such as Jewellery have a key role to play in the city’s continued economic growth and we are proud to offer the courses that are producing the designer-maker stars of the future in Jewellery and Silversmithing. This event will help raise the profile of this important sector."

EKSIG 2009: Experimental Knowledge, Method and Methodology

The Cass (The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design), London Metropolitan University is delighted to host EKSIG 2009: EXPERIENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, METHOD and METHODOLOGY, the International Conference 2009 of the DRS (Design Research Society) Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge.

REGISTRATION for EKSIG 2009 is now open!

Date: Friday 19 June 2009
Organisers: Linden Reilly, Chris Smith, Kristina Niedderer, Seymour Roworth-Stokes
Venue: London Metropolitan University, London, UK

Conference home page: http://www.experientialknowledge.org
Contact: info@experientialknowledge.org

The conference aims to provide a forum for debate about methodology and methods for the inclusion and communication of knowledge in research and practice in the creative disciplines and practice-led disciplines. The need to be more explicit about research methods, frameworks, and methodologies has arisen from the increasing use of creative and professional practices as part of the practice of research in recent years. While research guidelines and regulations have been either generic enough, or were adjusted, to accommodate the use of some creative and professional practices under certainconditions, the debate about the nature, aims, validity, evaluation, and necessity of such research has continued.

With this conference, we wish to bring together people from different
fields anddisciplines with different approaches to address these issues.
In this respect, we are delighted about the great response to our
conference call with over 70 submissions from 23 countries! The great
interest promises to make the conference a truly international event with challenging multi-vocal debates around the conference themes, and to facilitate exchange and cross-fertilization between the creative disciplines and other practice-led disciplines such as education and
knowledge management.

Keynote Speakers:

PROF ANGIE TITCHEN, Fontys University of Applied Science, NL
Angie Titchen is Clinical Chair at the Knowledge Centre for
Evidence-Based Practice, Fontys University of Applied Science (NL), Visiting Professor at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, Adjunct Professor, Charles Sturt University, Sydney, Australia and Associate Fellow of the School of Health and Social Studies at the University of Warwick. Angie is passionate about practice development and doing research critically and creatively. She holds a PhD from Oxford University and she has published widely in the field of health care, especially on the nature of person-centred practice and professional knowledge and its acquisition; the facilitation of experiential learning, work-based learning, and expertise and; critical and creative qualitative research.

John Onians is Emeritus Professor in the School of World Art Studies at
the University of East Anglia, and he has held research fellowships in France, Germany, New Zealand and the United States. John was founding editor of the journal Art history (1978) and edited the first Atlas of world art (2004). His most recent book is Neuroarthistory. From Aristotle and Pliny to Baxandall and Zeki (2007). His interest in the brain was first sparked by the work of his teacher, Ernst Gombrich, and is now leading him to apply a neural approach to the art, first of Europe and then of the world.

For further details, please visit the conference website: http://www.experientialknowledge.org

To register
for EKSIG2009, please choose "fees & registration" from the menu and download the "registration form".

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