RCA exhibition: bathroom design meets art and sustainability

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

Well, this is quite something. You might be very proud of the sleek, contemporary look you’ve achieved in your bathroom, with its brilliantly-executed colour scheme and its themed accessories. We’re sure that even the towels match.

But is it art?

Few of us would make this claim for our interior decor. However a new exhibition at the Royal College of Art sets out to prove otherwise. Part of a programme called Innovation at the RCA 2007, which is running as part of the London Design Festival and which aims to examine socially responsible design innovations, is an exhibition called Vital Signs.

The College’s Helen Hamlyn Centre works on practical research and projects with industry and, as part of this exhibition, designer Tomek Rygalik has been working with bathroom manufacturers Ideal Standard to develop bathrooms aimed at older users with a sense of luxury or indulgence.

Sounds great, doesn’t it? Anyway.

According to the RCA website: “Vital Signs and its sister exhibition Slow Water, which sets out to explore the potential for more sustainable domestic water use, are a chance for both members of the public and the design community to find out about the latest in inclusive and sustainable design. All exhibitions and Innovation events are free to attend.

“Innovation At The RCA 2007 is open 10am-6pm daily from 21 September-4 October at the Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London, SW7. Admisson free.”

Definitely worth a look, we think. Find out more by visiting the RCA website.

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