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 Albert Hall.
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 theatre.
Admission is free and doors open from noon to 9pm daily (to 6pm on June 26).