Mastering Design

Agatha Haines, Electrostabilis Cardium A still from surgical film of what it might be like to have this organ fitted. Electrostabilis Cardium acts like a biological defibrillator and contains cells from an electric eel.

exhibition, Design Academy Eindhoven and Royal College of Art, at MUDAC in Lausanne, until 09 February 2014
The mudac has made a habit of offering its spaces to recent graduates of the Swiss universities of art and design. But it has now been incited to open its doors to the latest generation of European creators, as a way of exploring recent trends beyond its national boundaries. The Design Academy Eindhoven and the Royal College of Art have a highly innovative approach to design, and neither has any qualms about challenging the conventional functionality of objects. In this way, both tend to come up with experimental and conceptual pieces imbued with humour and poetry. Hence they have been invited to invest the exhibition rooms with a selection of projects by their students or recent graduates, reflecting their preoccupations: sustainability, social issues, immigration, health, and the like. Among them: Agatha Haines, a young designer who proposes using animal cells to print new types of organs, which could be implanted into humans to prevent heart attacks or strokes (see picture).