Architecture and Textile Design collaborate for Trends showcase


Birmingham School of Architecture recently collaborated with the Department of Textile Design as part of a Collaborative Laboratory project within the May Design Series hosted at The ExCel London Exhibition and Conference Centre.

Students involved in The Trends Pavilion project included a part-time group from the BA (Hons) Architecture (RIBA Part I) course and students from the MArch Architecture (RIBA Part II) course. Both groups worked alongside the Department of Textile Design from 17-19 May for the Design Series Fair.

The core of the project included designing a pavilion to present textile samples developed by BA (Hons) Textile Design students and a number of lifestyle products based on their work.

Trudy Tsang, MArch student, said: “The event all went according to plan and we had a great time putting it on. It was a pleasure to collaborate not only with other students from the School of Architecture but also to develop connections with the Department of Textile Design.”

International trend and material company Global Color set out the two trends for the work which were ‘Brink’ and ‘Tropic’.

Brink represents order and control with connections to classical and ordered architecture.

Tropic highlights passion and vibrancy from equatorial countries, examining and experimenting with colour swatches.

Trudy added: “The trends set out by Global Color posed something of an exciting challenge, and I feel that it enabled us to contribute ideas, think outside of the box and work together as a team to come up with a creative exhibition.”

The University hopes to continue its relationship with the London-based company, with which it has collaborated for several years.

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