Brief encounters: Let's hear it for the new generation of designers
Let's hear it for the new generation of designers working towards a happier, healthier, more productive and sustainable workplace. Veronica Simpson checks out the finalist in KI Europe's Kickstart competition.
As an advocate for sustainable design, I must admit to feeling pretty ambivalent about the yearly cycle of design student shows. It's not that the display of creativity and experimentation with texture, colour, and form aren't often thrilling, it's that feel we need to be encouraging a very different dialogue about design, rather than succumbing to the usual manufacturer-driven promotion of differentiation and newness as viable lifestyle/business choice, regardless of the impact on the planet.