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Curating Contemporary Design MA (in partnership with the Design Museum): Live projects


This section of the site highlights current course projects and will be updated as the academic year progresses.

In 2013-14, the course collaborated with 100% Design to celebrate their 20th year anniversary and hosted ‘Design Exchange' an international event at 100% highlighting conversations between Korean, Chinese and British designers.

100% Design 20th edition celebrations

Building on the success of previous collaborations, 100% Design worked with Kingston to curate a series of celebratory events to promote their 20th edition show in September.

100% Design is the largest event during the London Design Festival. Visitors include architects, retailers, interior designers and product designers. The event has a long-standing commitment to design, innovation and quality and continues to offer an unrivalled platform for aspirational design brands as well as emerging young designers to showcase their talent and creativity.

Design 'encounters' at 100% Design and Heals Dinner

To mark it's 20th edition this year, 100% Design hosted a celebratory dinner at Heal's Tottenham Court Road in London, which was attended by some of the best and leading names in the UK's design and creative industry. Show director, William Knight was joined at the dinner by the likes of Naomi Cleaver, Sheridan Coakely, Paul Cocksedge, Max Fraser, El Ultimo Grito, Michael Marriott, Chrystina Schimidt of Skandium, Gareth Williams and Richard Woolf all of whom have participated and contributed to 100% Design's success in the last 20 years.

Creative consultants, The Concept Lounge, in partnership with Kingston University and the Design Museum, curated a series of 'encounters' on the night that saw students and the 100% Design team collaborating to gather stories and ideas from guests that attended. Kingston's curators assisted with interviewing guests in an informal setting, an opportunity that offered an exciting chance to engage directly with the design industry and go beyond design and practice to discuss the influence of the show on the evolution of individual careers. A selection of interviews can be found on the 100% Design website.

This launch event was the first in series of activities taking place in 2014 culminating with the show in September. Students from the masters programme will contribute towards the final event programme also featuring guests interviewed at Heals.

Kingston at 100% Design 2014

Curators from the Curating Contemporary Design MA course worked on a research project with the 100% Design team that contributed towards a special time line feature at the 20th edition show at Earl's Court. To accompany this research the curators produced a series of talks at 100% Design as part of the event programme. The three sessions looked at the future of architecture, product design and interiors.  

Design Exchange: Conversations across Korea, China and London

Korean and Chinese curators from Kingston University delivered a series of conversations as part of the new International Pavilion event programme at 100% Design. Watch a video of the events, filmed by Shiyun Su.

Working with Korean and Chinese designers exhibiting at Earls Court Design Exchange explored the value of international dialogue and how the sharing of knowledge, understanding and technologies between creative communities benefits cultural development as well as design and practice. 

Together they discussed what influences Asian designers look for from London, explored challenges, shared unexpected encounters and discussed the importance of design exchange for the future of global design.

As a globally respected course, international diversity is an important element that contributes towards an informed and multifaceted curatorial approach. Design Exchange reflected this, translating the international aims of 100% Design and the designers involved.

Part 1 – Design Exchange: London Korea

Featured designers shared their experiences of collaborative innovation and design between Korea and the UK.

Today Korea is recognised internationally for its design capabilities, however, these advancements have only been made during the recent decade owing much of their success to the drive behind design exchange and enterprise across the business, cultural and education sectors. The speakers, based in Seoul, Eidenhove and London represent the outcome of this international design exchange. This talk meditated on the current practice and influences of the designers as they discussed principles of contemporary Korean design and visions for the future.

The Korean design panel included:

  • Curator and host Hyojin Yoon and Catherine McDermott with interpretation by Knowl Baek;
  • Min Kyu ChoiLondon-based designer, co-founder of Made in Mind and winner of the Brit Insurance Design of the Year Award 2010;
  • Jin Hyun Jeon Eindhoven-based designer;
  • Been Kim Seoul-based designer, director at Beeeen+Company Ltd;
  • Hwang Kim Eindhoven-based designer, designer for Philips Netherlands and co-works with Jin Hyun Jeon; and
  • Hong Yeol Eom London-based designer at ROLI and designed 2012 London Olympic podium.

This event was sponsored by Korea Institute of Design Promotion and organised by Hyojin Yoon, Kingston University and Design Museum London.

Part 2 – Design Exchange: London China

Featured designers shared their experiences of collaborative innovation and design between China and the UK.

China is becoming increasingly international. It is not only the biggest market for consumer products and luxury brands, but also for architecture, art and design. As the Chinese government invests more into creative industries, overseas companies act as models to follow. Despite the new landmarks in China, such as Zaha Hadid's Galaxy Centre and Rem Koolhaas's CCTV tower, the question remains – what can sustainably benefit the Chinese creative community? This discussion gathered Chinese curators and designers to talk about the effective collaborations that will help nurture a Chinese creative community in the long term.

The Chinese design panel included:

  • Been Shen London- and Beijing-based designer and artist in graphic design and media art, works shown extensively across China and overseas and now studying at Royal College of Art, Design Interaction;
  • Lucy Shum London-based product designer and curator, founder of UK-China Design and Art Festival;
  • Ejing Zhang London- and Italian-based product designer, Best Conceptual Exterior, Interior Motive Design Awards (2012);
  • Zhenhan Hao London-based Chinese artist / designer, specialising in the Chinese imitation culture; and
  • Huishu Jia London-based product designer, recently graduated from Product Design at Royal College of Art.

This event was organised by Lynn Zhang, Kingston University and Design Museum London.

Further information can be found on the 100% Design website.

Design Exchange: London Korea talks (image credit Shiyun Su)Design Exchange: London Korea talks (image credit Shiyun Su)Design Exchange: London Korea talks (image credit Shiyun Su)Design Exchange: London Korea talks (image credit Shiyun Su)

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