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12-20 September

Off-site: Designing at a Distance

With the doors of Central Saint Martins closed during lockdown, our graduating students were challenged like never before. In this digital London Design Festival show, we celebrate their ability to adapt in an uncertain, dislocated world and design new ways of living.

Working off-site for the last few months of their studies, our graduating students were disconnected not only from the places but also the people and materials that had made up their daily lives at the College. In these three collections, hosted on the Central Saint Martins Graduate Showcase, we share projects that address the challenge of designing at a distance.

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virtual map of GCD studios A Map of Us, Mabel Chen, BA Graphic Communication Design, Central Saint Martins

(De)constructing Space

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    Blu Affleck, Living Promenade, BA Architecture
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    Lois Innes, Closer to Home, M ARCH: Architecture
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    Kleanthis Kyriakou, House of Extravaganza, M ARCH Architecture

During the confinement of lockdown, our students have faced a reconsideration of space. Addressing both the personal and political, they have launched enquiries into the systems, actions and ideologies which impact our environment. Some have reassessed architecture’s role within the judicial system, while others have responded to the reduction of LGBTQ+ spaces in the UK. Turning to more immediate surroundings, some explored the relationship between site, home and community and how places can inform identity. From inner worlds to speculative spaces, this collection brings together work which critically engages with our relationship to that which surrounds us.

Visit the online collection.

New Languages of Making

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    Aide-memoire, Smaranda Maria Voican, BA Jewellery Design
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    Future Fossils, Sissell Gustavsen, BA Textile Design
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    Breaking Point, Zak Sheinman, BA Jewellery Design

Disconnected from workshops, many of our graduating students questioned how they could manifest their ideas: jewellery-makers turned to digital animation, live performers turned to collective film-making. Through their resourcefulness new material languages emerged. Distanced from daily consumption, some invented new, sustainable fabrics and processes, while some committed to wholly digital design. The focus of this collection is twofold, bringing together innovative, tactile design and dematerialised design that can’t be touched at all.

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The Social and the Self in Isolation

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    Femi Adeleye, sideprof_10 and forwardh_4, BA Fine Art
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    Laura Giesdorf, Secretion Window, MA Contemporary Photography; Practices and Philosophies
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    Seeping Out, Sian Fan, MA Fine Art

Lockdown and social distancing has altered our relationships to others and to ourselves. Although many of our students were physically distanced from people, they also found themselves in a new world of virtual proximity. Reflections on our interactions and daily routines has led to renewed thinking about communication, labour and the workplace, community and health. Here, we gather together work which explores both sides of our social lives in lockdown: community and social engagement but also the exploration of the isolated self.

Visit the online collection.

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Off-site: Designing at a Distance is part of the King’s Cross Design District for London Design Festival 2020.

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