Innovations for working and learning spaces of the future 

How will the innovations of today shape the world of tomorrow?

KI proudly showcases graduates of the RCA & Imperial College London’s Innovation Design Engineering and Design Products masters courses during London Design Festival 2019, giving us a fascinating insight into the future of our working & learning spaces.

Each graduate is a recent winner of the KI Award. Now in its fourth year, this cash prize is shared amongst 8 students whose final projects display remarkable ingenuity. Chosen for their potential impact on function, wellbeing, productivity and sustainability, the works will provoke thought and imagination about design, manufacturing, urban planning, skills development, materials innovation, and the circular economy.


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16-20 September 2019 | 09:00 - 17:30 | @kieurope  


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What's on display?


by James Fraser

Sustainability, especially around energy generation is more important than ever. Solace integrates solar energy into our everyday lives in an elegant and visible way, capable of charging smartphones and other common devices. By making green energy more efficient and tangible, Solace has the potential to greater engagement and enthusiasm for this viable alternative to current sources of energy.
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Living Microfactories
by Insiya Jafferjee

Materials innovation is an exciting area for manufacturers who want to prioritise sustainability and wellness. ‘Living Microfactories’ helps to turn an idea into a marketable object by efficiently understanding the natural performance and tendencies of a new bio-material. This can propel innovation and even uncover unexpected attributes of materials manipulated in different ways, uncovering new applications. It is also great for practical learning for students engaged in science or R&D activities.
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by Nicole Stjernswärd

Improving sustainability whilst reducing toxins in our built environment, ‘kaiku living color’ aims to displace pigments derived from petrochemicals. This concept both reduces waste to landfill and combats our reliance on non-renewables. Additionally, it is readily suited to biophilic design as all colours are naturally occurring. By replacing existing printer ink, organisations could improve their indoor air quality, which has been shown to improve wellness and productivity.

by Ryo Tada

Bringing to power of touch to the augmented reality experience has obvious advantages for vision-impaired users. However, this concept could really help in the effective delivery of remote or virtual learning and working. Being able to share ideas effectively across the world is often cited as an important part of the future employment landscape, so these could be both an excellent training and working tool to make this experience better. Combining real-life and simulated touch, in a simple, portable object makes it user-friendly and suitable for occasional use. Photo: Deo Suveera
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by Ned Quiney

Exploring a novel production technique for distributed manufacturing, "D.M.P." (Digitally Moulded Plywood) brings together age-old processes with modern technology. Manufacturers looking for ways to create customer-driven solutions could benefit from a prototyping and production system that requires minimal initial outlay, making customisation of everything from furniture to buildings quicker, easier and more affordable.
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by Taiho Shin

Poor air quality is a major contributor to ill-health all over the world, particularly in urban areas. "Purify-able" can be used as a substrate for any surface including furniture, helping to improve indoor air quality, which is often more harmful than the air outside. Working passively to reduce air-borne pollutants, its 'crinkle-cut' pattern improves effectiveness by increasing surface area. If available in a range of colours and textures, it could be readily incorporated into any building project.
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Imaginary Language
by Alessandra Fumagalli-Romario

As we head into the 'future of work', creative problem-solving and communications skills are often referred to as key competencies in a knowledge-based economy. Helping to build these creative skills at a young age, "Imaginary Language" can enhance current learning models. In an increasingly globalised world, understanding shared or differing socio-cultural norms can be a valuable human skill in future generations both in an education and working context.
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by Rafael El Baz

The circular economy can dramatically improve sustainability by reducing waste and habitat destruction caused by materials extraction. "Reassemble" presents manufacturers a 'homogenised' set of materials that can be adapted and re-adapted to suit numerous applications. A transformative concept, it could change the way we create and consume products, especially if it can be done flexibly and at scale. This concept goes beyond simply 'upcycling' waste products or materials and allows a more comprehensive repurposing of the ingredients of an object. As our working and learning environments continue to evolve, so too could furniture and fixtures.




For more information on each project, download our latest edition of Furnishing Knowledge Vol.6 (coming soon)
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