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Charming Disaster

Here are images of some of the "experimental products" presented by Royal College of Art design students at an event in London tonight (Friday).


Called Charming Disaster, the event includes installations, films and performances as well as products by ten students on the Design Products course, which is led by Ron Arad.

Top two images: Impression Rings by Jule Jenckel. When pressed on the skin these rings leave messages on the wearer.


Above: plates by Jule Jenckel. "Jule Jenckel's plates are designed for arguing couples who want to throw pieces of crockery at each other. These are already broken so means you don't have to use your best dinner ware. Jule's work has quite a dark side as it concerns issues to do with domestic violence."


Above: Paper guns by Martin Postler


Above and below: Made in Time by Clemence Seilles. "Clemence Seilles' work is called Made in Time - people can bet on how long it will take her to make a piece of furniture. Each minute will cost them £1. For example, if they bet 9 minutes and she completes the task then they have to pay her £9, if she doesn't complete it in time they get a piece of furniture for free."


Below: Remote control roller skates by Dash Macdonald


The event took place at Shoreditch Town Hall in London.

Press info follows:

Nouveau Neolithic cuisine, remote-controlled roller skates and a 'happiness machine' which serves ice cream are just some of the inventive projects featured in a one night showcase of experimental product design by ten students from London's Royal College of Art.

The event will feature installations, films and performances inviting the viewers' participation by some of the UK's most innovative young designers. The projects make powerful statements about consumerism, psychology and the myths of technological progress.

Featured projects include Dash Macdonald’s remote-controlled roller skating performance; Ian Ferguson's 'Nouveau Neolithic' menu which serves up post-apocalyptic haute cuisine; Demitrios Kargotis' machine which serves ice cream according to the unhappiness level of the customer and Jule Jenckel's dangerous household objects which offers a poignant reflection on domestic violence.

The exhibitors are all students of the Royal College of Art’s acclaimed Design Products department led by Ron Arad.

Exhibitors are Ian Ferguson, Jule Jenckel, Demitrios Kargotis, Brit Leissler, Dash Macdonald, Tony Mullin, Marc Owens, Martin Postler, Clemence Seilles and Yu-Chiao Wang.