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Knotrope, a jewellery design by Eleanor Bolton

Top: Assa Ashuch. Above: Openpen

Avione, a table design by Chris Emmett

Vanja Bazdulj showing work at Tent London show

Bodil Soderlund showing work at Designers Block show

The Shape Of Things, The Cass / ASD Postgraduate Exhibition 2011

William Warren in his outdoors studio


News and Events Archive: September 2011

Cass Alumni Selected for Crafts Council ‘Hothouse’

Four Alumni of Jewellery and Silversmithing courses at The Cass have been selected to participate in the Crafts Council’s pretigious Hothouse programme, which selects the brightest new craft talent from across the UK. Janice Zethraeus, Mahtab Hanna, Eleanor Bolton and Elizabeth Peers are among the 28 makers chosen to embark on a tailor-made six-month programme of creative and business support starting in September 2011.

Makers have to be within two years of setting up their business to be eligible for Hothouse and all those selected already display a high level of technical craftsmanship and creative energy. In a marketplace where the bespoke and handmade is being recognised and celebrated by global brands the skill and knowledge of the maker becomes ever more powerful.

Hothouse is delivered in partnership with UK craft organisations, development agencies and higher education institutions, and encourages different ways of working and thinking whilst equipping makers with the tools to run an entrepreneurial and sustainable business.

The four talented alumni will enjoy a programme including creative workshops and mentoring alongside sessions on business planning, market and audience development, costing, financial planning and presentation skills.

September 23, 2011

Cass Lecturer leads digital installation at the V and A

Internationally renowned designer and Cass Course leader Assa Ashuach is behind an exciting installation at the V and A this weekend.

Assa Ashuach studio will show a selection of objects and processes powered by their Digital Forming (DF) technology. Several PCs will be running the DF technology, allowing guests to play, co-design and modify a new format of virtual designed objects on screen. This is an opportunity for designers and the public to learn more about the studio’s technology and notions of design objects together with designing the objects as well as the object’s 3D user experience. Randomly selected guests at the V and A will then be invited to 3D print their co-designed object of the Openpen at London Metropolitan University’s Metropolitan Works facility. Guests will be invited for a tour of Metworks facility and to hand pick the 3D printed gift pens they have co-designed online.

The installation is part of the London Design Festival’s Digital Design Weekend, curated by Irini Papadimitriou. Assa will also give a talk at the V&A’s Power of Making space on Saturday 24th at 13:00pm.

Venue: V&A, Porter Gallery, Sacker Centre and Garden (Entrance from Exhibition Road opposite the Science Museum)

Sat 24th & Sun 25th Sept, 10.30 – 17.00
Talk: 24th at 13:00

See video digital forming on YouTube

September 22, 2011

Cass Lecturer’s Achievement recognised by Livery

Chris Emmett, Associate Head of The School of Design at The Cass has been awarded a prestigious Bespoke Guildmark by City livery company the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers.

Only ten are awarded each year, for furniture demonstrating 'exceptional' qualities in design, materials, craftsmanship and function. Chris earned the award, which is described by the chair of the judging panel as ‘a pinnacle of achievement’, for his Avione table. Designed and built for a private client, the table is an example of his ambition to design furniture and product that illustrates the relevance of craft ideals and processes through application to design that is entirely rational and functional.

September 22, 2011

Two In A Tent

Work by two creative Alumni from The Cass is on display at Tent London as part of the London Festival of Design. Vanja Bazdulj, who studied MA Product Design will be showing her new range of Wonky Pots as well as larger pieces Rough and Ready and Bird Flock. Meanwhile on Stand GO7 in room T1, BA Furniture and Product Design Alumna Francesca Mancini is showing work as part of the 5ml Design Collective who are showcasing an exciting range of homewares and giftwares for the retail market from some of the brightest new design talent around. Francesca has also recently taken part in The Chair Affair project which saw top creatives provide a re-design of Natuzzi’s iconic Sound Chair.

Tent London is on from the 22-25 September 2011 at the Old Truman Brewery London E1.

September 21, 2011

Cass Alumna’s ‘Blue Tunnel’ Wows Design Festival

Cass Alumna Bodil Soderlund is behind a spectacular display this week at Designers Block show as part of the London Design Festival 2011. The Swedish designer’s impressive ceramic installation at the Farmiloe Building Clerkenwell is suspended in the entrance tunnel and consists of over 500 individually made glazed stoneware discs. The whole exhibition was opened by the Swedish Prince in an exciting opening night complete with dancers from the Laban Centre, South London.

Talking about the event, Bodil, who finished her BA Furniture and Product Design course in 2007 at London Metropolitan University said, “I first met Piers Roberts and Rory Dodd (creators of designer sblock) at the University’s Metropolitan Works, and then went on to working on their shows around the world. They have taught me a lot about the spectacle of design, how to put on a good show, interact with everyone and how to always keep your ears and eyes open. I actually also met my partner through designersblock in 2005 and we now run a gallery in Sweden. Exhibiting in London this year feels like coming home, it's exhilarating to be in this super creative environment again.”

Other more recent alumni showing at Designers Block include Ornella Stocco who is showing her Degree Show furniture pieces and Alice Naylor with her appropriated school desk. Designers Block is open until Sunday 25th September from 10am to 7pm at The Farmiloe Building, St Johns Street, Clerkenwell.

September 19, 2011

Postgraduate Exhibition 2011

The Cass / ASD Postgraduate Exhibition 2011 will take place from 16-19 September at Central House, City Campus. The exhibition offers a showcase of work in diverse creative disciplines by nearly 200 postgraduate students on taught and research courses at both The Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design) and ASD (The Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Design) at London Metropolitan University.

The work on display will include Architecture, Animation, Film Production, Fine Art, Jewellery, Product Design, Furniture, Photography, Interior Design, Musical Instruments, Silversmithing, Graphic Design, Textiles, Conservation, Music Technology and more.

Michael Upton, Academic Leader at The Cass said: "The 2011 exhibition is shaping up to be our biggest and most exciting postgraduate show yet- and we’re delighted to be showing with ASD. The two faculties are due to formally merge by August 2012 but are already actively exploring ways to work -and exhibit – together. A well as the excellent work by individual students , the diversity and breadth of the show will offer visitors a taste of the exciting opportunities ahead for the new integrated faculty."

Exhibition details:
The Cass/ASD MA Show 2011
16 – 19 September

PRIVATE VIEW: Thursday 15 September, 6pm- 9pm

Invitation only. Email Michael Upton: m.upton@londonmet.ac.uk

Exhibition Opening Times:
Friday 16 September, 10am – 5pm
Saturday 17 September, 12am – 7pm
Sunday 18 September, 12am – 7pm
Monday 19 September, 10 am to 5pm

The Central House, 59-63 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7PF
(nearest tube: Aldgate East)

For more about The Cass, visit: www.londonmet.ac.uk/cass
For more information about The Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Design, visit: www.londonmet.ac.uk/architecture/

See work by Graduating MA By project students at the MA By PROJECT SITE

See also In translation, a photo gallery by MA Photography students.


Student designers create 7 chairs in 7 days for New Exhibition

William Warren, Senior Lecturer in Furniture, and the ROOM 400 DESIGN COLLECTIVE present Be A Student, an exhibition of furniture and design work by students at The Cass sitting alongside –and inspired by -The Frederick Parker Collection, London’s greatest collection of chairs. The collection, located at The Parker Gallery at London Metropolitan University’s Commercial Road building, comprises of 170 British chairs ranging from the 1600’s to the present day. To add a little spice to their show, the group gave themselves the tough challenge of designing and making 7 chairs in 7 days, taking their inspiration from the historic furniture in the gallery.

William Banfield, Ben Beanland, Adrian Bergman, Daniel Bruce, Paul Butcher, Jamie Donaldson, Samuel Over, Alex Stevenson, and William Warren.

Parker Gallery, The Cass, London Metropolitan University, 41-71 Commercial Road, London E1 1LA

Opening Times:
21 September - 8th October
Mon-Fri 11am - 5pm

Please download: be-a-student-Front_Flyer.pdf


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