A selection of work from the University. Rokos’ decanters which turn from vertical to horizontal are empty are interesting but far too expensive at over £400 for a decanter. Finn’s graphics were bold and fun and Rabin’s candle holders were interesting, but her glasses with blackboard paint for names are too gimmicky. Arora’s textiles were also fresh and colourful. Top prize however has to go to Costas Bissas with his simple idea of a beautiful stone heat-sink computer stand. Fingers crossed that this becomes a commercial success.
Overall, much of the main exhibition was the same as previous years, with a slight twist for the Christmas market and also for ethical/sustainable products. The graphics were good, whether pictures, paper or fabrics, and there were some really lovely fabrics (many from Scotland of course). The most interesting was flux furniture from the Netherlands. How robust it will be in everyday use is perhaps questionable however.