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Design for life - Sir Kenneth Grange RDI in conversation with Hugh Aldersey-Williams

For the 2016 MaDE Annual Lecture, Sir Kenneth Grange will be in conversation with Hugh Aldersey-Williams, author of British Design (MOMA) and Periodic Tales, the Curious Life of the Elements. The discussion will range from Grange’s approach to prototyping and materials selection to speculation about how advanced materials and manufacturing processes are creating new opportunities and challenges for the next generation of designers. 

From the Kenwood mixer (1960) and 125 HST train (1972) to the Anglepoise 228 lamp (2009), Grange’s name is stamped on some of the UK’s most iconic designs. Born in 1929, he continues to practice as an industrial designer and is Visiting Professor in Design Products at London’s Royal College of Art. His top three inventions that have changed the nature of industrial design are the hydraulic ram, electronics and the O-ring (toric joint). Grange was appointed Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) in 1969 and knighted for services to design in 2013.  
 
The Materials and Design Exchange (MaDE) encourages awareness, exchange of knowledge and collaboration between designers, manufacturers and materials scientists. MaDE activities are run as part of the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), the UK's innovation network, which was founded by Innovate UK.
 
The ticket price includes access to a drinks reception following the lecture and a donation to the Salvation Army, as requested by Sir Kenneth Grange. Additional donations may be made via the booking process. Audience questions may be submitted whilst registering or on the night.
 
Tickets cost just £15 (students £10) — but are non-refundable.
 
Takes place 9 February, 6.30pm—9.00pm.
 
Venue: Lecture Theatre G34, Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Imperial College London, Imperial College Road, Off Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2AZ
 
 
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