Goldstar funds RCA design show

The Royal College of Art has secured ú180 000 sponsorship from the Korean electrical manufacturer LG Electronics, best known for its Goldstar brand.

The Royal College of Art has secured ú180 000 sponsorship from the Korean electrical manufacturer LG Electronics, best known for its Goldstar brand. The sponsorship will fund a design exhibition to mark the college’s centenary next year.

A Century of Design will run from 7 February to 20 March 1996 and track how the RCA and its students have influenced the world with design. The centenary will also be marked by a symposium on the theme of design for the 21st Century. A centenary logo is the subject of a design competition within the college.

An RCA spokesman says the RCA is “thrilled” by the deal, marked by the signing of a declaration yesterday by LG Electronics president John Koo and RCA rector Professor Anthony Jones.

A curator and designer will be selected for the exhibition, says the spokesman: “The design will have to be of a very high quality to reflect the quality of the exhibits. It is possible we will go outside the college for a designer.”

The RCA has confirmed that it is not to change its name to incorporate design, an idea first mooted two years ago by Jones.

The RCA is searching for a professor of architectural design.

The new part-time post will head the architecture course under the head of the school of architecture, interior design and furniture, Professor Floris van den Broecke.

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