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Creative Unions

Creativity knows no boundaries.

The contemporary world must be defined not by boundary or binary but connection. Sharing the work of graduating Central Saint Martins students, Creative Unions celebrated the power of designers to challenge isolationism.

At the heart of the London Design Festival's King’s Cross design district, Creative Unions showed how – from a board game to solve conflict or a sustainable solution for the housing crisis to fashion that’s part-propaganda – the next generation of designers are responding to current contexts with urgency and ingenuity.  Identity, collaboration, conflict resolution, community, alternative realities, technological innovation, social issues, the environment, activism, crossings – just some of the contexts of the work on show in Creative Unions.


Creative Unions took place in the Lethaby Gallery from 16 September - 21 October 2017.

Find out more about the designers:

A navy and purple silk flag which has two arrows embroidered onto the middle
Alice Duranti - Invisible Kingdom® (MA Communication Design

Alice Duranti - Invisible Kingdom®

MA Communication Design

Black and white image of a man with a thick beard which has been printed onto a grey material
Anna-Maie Southern - The Mind's Eye (BA Textile Design)

Anna-Maie Southern - The Mind's Eye

BA Textile Design

Detailed illustration with shows people walking around and standing on a typical high street in the UK
Thomas Moore - Gin Lane (2017) (BA Graphic Design)
Detail of a garment which is made up of a number of tops overlapping
Goom Heo - Football Jersey (BA Fashion)

Goom Heo - Football Jersey

BA Fashion

A wooden box with maroon panels
Ellen Nyqvist - Dogme Design (BA Product Design)

Ellen Nyqvist - Dogme Design

BA Product Design

An open box which has a set of black plastic objects inside
Marta Giralt Dunjo - Virtual X (MA Material Futures)
Detail image of a textile machine over a black and white material
Jenny Banks - Sustainable Fast Fashion (MA Material Futures)
The top of a chair which is decorated in very intricate carvings
Jiahui Liang - Laughing Magpie Chair (MA Design: Furniture)

Jiahui Liang - Laughing Magpie Chair

MA Design: Furniture

Different materials interwoven with unusual objects including a bike chain
Matthew Needham - Man, and his man-made future (BA Fashion)

Matthew Needham - Man, and his man-made future

BA Fashion


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