A futuristic helicopter, an armchair you can’t get out of, vibrating disco shoes, a collapsible bicycle wheel and a jacket that reduces jet lag.
These are just a few of the art and design concepts created by
this year's students at the Royal College of Art, most of which
will be on sale or available for commission at the Great Exhibition
2007 from June 15 to 28.
This year's summer show, dubbed the RCA's most prestigious ever,
commemorates their 150th anniversary in South Kensington, where
their neighbours include the V&A, the Imperial College of
Science and Technology, The Royal College of Music and the Royal
In addition to offering a glimpse into the future of art and
design, the show gives the general public an opportunity to
purchase unique pieces for affordable prices. Past RCA students who
have since become household names include Tracy Emin, Ridley Scott
and David Hockney, so if you've got the right eye, you could give
Saatchi a run for his money.
The main exhibition will be curated by artist and RCA tutor Nigel
Rolfe. The college will also erect a temporary pavilion in
Kensington Gardens adjacent to the Albert Memorial, close to the
site of the Great Exhibition of 1851, for designs, models and
concepts from students in disciplines ranging from architecture and
glass to fashion accessories and footwear.
Animation students will also show their films in the RCA's lecture
Admission is free and doors open from noon to 9pm daily (to 6pm on
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