SMARTlab’s MAGICbox fosters award-winning designs

MAGICbox is a successful prototyping lab in the SMARTlab MAGIC space, devoted to R&D to make Computer Aided Design (CAD) accessible to artists, inventors, students, engineers and designers, who can use the rapid prototyping and development facilities to realise their ideas.

MAGICbox has been involved in several triumphant projects in 2008 :

Graduate Fashion Week star Simon Waller (24) was one of three UEL students whose final collection was developed using MAGICbox laser technology. Simon was one of ten UK students nominated for the prestigious River Island Gold Award for his menswear collection “He was a puppeteer…”, which incorporates new experimental techniques for engraving designs into leather.

This novel technique was developed and perfected at MAGICbox by final year fashion students Natasha Shanks, Zaid Beegun and Simon Waller who used the new textiles in their final catwalk pieces.

Students of the University of East London Architecture & Visual Arts – AVA – Product Design also created some of their work through MAGICbox prototyping facilities, exhibiting at the prestigious New Designers Show in July 2008.

Toby Borland, our MAGICbox Researcher/Manager collaborated with ecoLogicStudio on the innovative project ecoMachines: “the making of artificial ecologies” for the 11th International Architecture Exhibition ‘Out There: Architecture Beyond Building’, Venice, September 14th to November 23rd 2008.

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