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THE FUTURE PERFECT COMPANY

 

The Future Perfect Company supports and promotes creative businesses and has a focus on ageing through its flagship student design project, Designing for the Future.

Founded by former lawyer, Philippa Aldrich in 2009, the company has run the Designing for the Future project for hundreds of UK design students and supported many graduates and start up creative businesses through the DFF Network.

Artist Jack Durling at Handmade in Kew

I had the pleasure of visiting Handmade at Kew this week, an exciting event in the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens which features work from over 150 international and UK-based contemporary artists showcasing gorgeous textiles, jewellery, ceramics, glass and furniture. The talent this year is extraordinary. Exhibitors include DFF alumnus, Jack Durling who is showing a selection of his ceramics and paintings. His work just gets better and better and his latest collection, Adrift, is stunning. The event is on until Sunday 7 October. More details here : https://www.handmadeinbritain.co.uk/events/handmade-at-kew-2/  

Design Futures case study published

In the Summer of 2014, we participated in a 3 day workshop with the (sadly now defunct) Design Futures programme at the University of Brighton which was led by Damon Taylor, design theorist and cultural historian. The participants were about 30 students from diverse degrees (from marketing to fashion and business) and the stakeholders of 5 social challenges in the city of Brighton which had been identified as education,waste minimisation, wellbeing, ageing society and youth social inclusion. This interesting and thought provoking workshop has now been written up as a case study HERE  

Collaborative Tile Mural with Michael Aldrich Foundation

"Terra, Mural" is the result of an exciting collaboration between The Michael Aldrich Foundation and Brighton artist, Jack Durling. Across two workshops, one as part of the "Into the Arts Conference" at the University of Brighton and another at Jack's studio, artists and members of the public created clay tiles inspired by Jack's conservation- focussed work. Each species depicted is in mass decline or facing extinction as a direct consequence of human activity. As Jack says : "The mural is set as a reminder. We have the power to make a change!" This project was a great example of how the

Stylish yet comfortable shoes – the ultimate list?

With Hotter opening ever more high street stores, it is good to see the market for stylish yet comfortable shoes expanding. New kids on the block are Sole Bliss which are specifically designed for women with bunions. Rather refreshing that the marketing gets straight to the point and interesting to see the new technology which has been employed. And all the designs feature heels. Is this still the definitive list of stylish but comfortable women’s shoes or do you have some more favourites to add? 1. Marks & Spencer Footglove range These are a firm favourite. Comfortable shoes in smart designs

Help support new consumer review website for disabled and older people

Over the past year our friends at Enabled by Design have been working with the Research Institute for Disabled Consumers (RiDC) & Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living (LCiL) to develop a consumer review website for and by disabled & older people called Rate it! They want to launch Rate it! with as many independent living product reviews as possible, so are asking for people to add their pre-launch product reviews and be in with the chance of winning a prize too: https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=152542376756 Don't forget to provide your email address while completing your product review(s) to be entered into a prize

Ellihome takes on the assisted living market

We are always thrilled to see new entrants to the assistive technology market. I came across ellihome today which has been founded by sisters Olivia Robertson & Clare Cooper. Their vision is to increase the independence and wellbeing of older people by creating beautifully designed, high quality Assisted Living products. Olivia is a registered Occupational Therapist with over 30 years’ experience. Clare has spent her professional life specialising in the finance & management of the arts and creative industries. “The idea for ellihome grew out of our personal experience of setting up The Home Straight, ellihome’s sister company, which specialises in helping

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