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Wind powered knitting machines, solar flowers and chairs that turn into bedside tables – it must be the RCA Graduate show 26 June, 2009

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If you want to be ahead of the design pack this summer, you’d better get down to the Royal College of Art show sharpish. Described by Vogue as “a great place to discover big names of the future” the show offers a chance to view the work of some of the UK’s brightest graduate talent and to meet the designers behind the work.
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Entrance to SHOW RCA 2008 (Photograph by Conrad Ventur) – difficult to miss!

I popped along for the first day of the show (on until 5 July 11am-8pm Free Admission) and had a sneak preview of some of the work on display. First to grab my attention was an ingenious wind powered knitting machine. The brainchild of Merel Karhof, this inspired device does exactly what it says on the tin – A wind turbine powers a knitting machine which produces a tube of woven yarn to be ‘harvested’ and turned into a garments. On a windy day this clever machine can produce a scarf in just two hours all by itself! That’s my kind of knitting.

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Wind powered knitting machine by Merel Karhof and Solar flowers by Emma Caselton

With sustainability high on the agenda, another clever design that made its way onto my wishlist was a pretty and ethereal solar flower by Emma Caselton.

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Ceramic plates by Merel Karhof and Chair by Lewis Taylor.

There was plenty of innovative furniture design on display too, my favourites were a ‘shuffle’ bedroom storage unit with interchangeable coloured drawers and a simple but clever chair which incorporates a drawer so it can be used as a bedside table. Both designed by Lewis Taylor.  Genius small space living.

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