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Cambridge design innovation to be showcased at major Design Council event

25 January 2012

Cambridge’s position as an international hub for product design will be highlighted at a major Design Council-backed exhibition in February 2012. The Design Icons: Cambridge Innovation Festival demonstrates the contribution of Cambridge design to a variety of best-selling products from around the world. The 20 products selected for the exhibition span diverse sectors from housewares and consumer electronics to health and scientific devices.

Thermo Electron iCAP 6000 Series Spectrometer
Thermo Electron iCAP 6000 Series Spectrometer

The interactive Design Icons exhibition has been organised by Creative Front Cambridgeshire, which is a diverse creative industries network led by Anglia Ruskin University. The three week exhibition will be staged at the Ruskin Gallery on Anglia Ruskin’s Cambridge campus between February 8 and 23 2012. 


“This exhibition demonstrates that whatever market you are in and wherever you plan to sell your products, Cambridge design has the ideas, experience and know-how to help,” says Clare Denham of Creative Front. “It showcases the vibrant design community around the city and the depth of skills and innovation across the product lifecycle that companies can call upon. This is the first design festival in Cambridge and we’re confident that it will focus the spotlight on existing iconic products while building momentum to develop this into an annual event.”


The Meridian M80 hifi
The Meridian M80 hifi

The products on show from are the Dulux PaintPod Roller System, Easi-Breathe asthma inhaler, Evian Action Water Bottle, iCAP Spectrometer, Kenwood Juice Extractor, Proprio Foot (prosthetic foot), Hayter Spirit Lawnmower, Prestige Traditional Kettle, Sepura Tetra Police Radio, Meridan Audio M80, Lecson amplifier, Sinclair Sovereign and Executive Calculators, Freudenberg Vileda Magic Mop II, SureFlap catflap, DuoFertility (fertility monitor), Optyse ophthalmoscope, Sinclair C5, Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Torch (the world's first energy saving white LED torch) and the University of Cambridge-designed Moss Table. They have all been designed in Cambridgeshire over the last 40 years.


In addition to the exhibition, Creative Front will be running a series of networking events focusing on how to incorporate creativity and design into business practice.  Further information is available here.

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