In this years crop of graduates I’ve found the beautiful work of Qiyun Deng; a Product Design Graduate from China who recently completed his MA at at ECAL/Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne in Switzerland.
Graft is a series of disposable tableware made of bioplastic PLA a plastic that is derived from vegetable fibres such as corn. I hadn’t realised that many of our disposable cups, containers and cutlery are made from plants.
Graft relates back to its vegetable origins. A celery stem for example, acts as handle for the fork; a petal of artichoke then becomes the bowl of spoon. They may be disposable but I’m pretty sure I’d use them more than once!
The work isn’t in production yet… but I’d love to be able to buy a set and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that someone out there will pick this up. One part of the role that I did love as a Buyer, was to help a new designer with a fat wholesale order! Press is wonderful and important to raise your profile; but what you really need is to be in the right place to get to meet those who can help you on your way.
A new show that will be a great help to new graduates at this years London Design Festival is Brink a collaboration between Tent and fellow blogger Confessions of a Design Geek. A show in 2 parts; the first featuring stands from Universities and student collectives; the 2nd an area of students selected by Katie the editor of Confessions of a Design Geek.