World’s leading smart device manufacturer and innovator OPPO is celebrating a successful three-year partnership with the Royal College of Art (RCA) this October as its students showcase the latest in a series of studio projects in collaboration with OPPO during London Design Festival 2021.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the world, OPPO x RCA’s studio project ‘The New Extraordinary’ invites to reimagine technology for life beyond the new normal, through design, and embrace a humanistic approach to the colossal changes. Because OPPO believes that well-designed technology should be seamlessly integrated into one’s life and adapt to our needs.
Taking place from September at 35-36 Thurloe Place in London’s Brompton Design District, MA Design Products graduates from the RCA presented their findings.
“With the theme this year, ‘The New Extraordinary’, we want young design talents to rethink two very important questions: ‘How do we work in this unexpected new global landscape we find ourselves in after Covid?’ and ‘What is the future of design considering what the past year and a half has taught us?’”, said Jintong Zhu, Head of OPPO London Design Centre.
Highlighted projects included the collective minds of Arnau Donate Duch, Marco Da Re, and Ilayda Kal present C-Earth, a system that will help scientists and policymakers monitor the impact of climate change at a local scale; 3Doodle, a new educational platform for children to enjoy and share real-time 3D drawings and Aura, a project by Harika Adivikolanu - an interactive device and wearable system that enhances the yoga practice through tactile assistance.
“This programme is an extraordinary opportunity for us to meet, work with, and even potentially hire some of the world’s most adventurous and talented young designers,” said Jintong Zhu.