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Bloomberg Philanthropies Collaboration With RCA

Bloomberg Philanthropies was set up by founder Michael R. Bloomberg to support and promote charitable work in five key areas in order to create lasting change: the arts and culture, education, the environment, government innovation, and public health.

During our work on the iconic Bloomberg London project, we were approached by main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine to work with Bloomberg Philanthropies on a collaboration with London’s Royal College of Art. Students were invited to design a screen that could be used in Bloomberg’s stunning new London headquarters.

Our own founder and Director, Rob Judd and Senior Design Manager, Matt Cranie, were honoured to join the team of judges, comprising a number of key figures from the design world and directors from the University.

The level of talent was extremely high and a number of inspirational designs were put forward. Team ThaKoCha was one of the successful teams, selected by the client to produce their innovative cloud-like writable Cumulus screens for Bloomberg London. We worked closely with the students, taking their cutting edge ideas and turning them into reality by manufacturing them at our factory in Bath.” Rob Judd, Founder and Director of Optima.

Team ThaKoCha’s Innovative Design

Not only are Bloomberg delighted with the end product, but Team ThaKoCha’s design has been formally recognised at the Design Week 2018 Awards, winning in the ‘Product Design – Industrial category. The prestigious annual Design Week Awards provide a platform for talented designers to showcase their work and gain the recognition that they deserve. This year’s award ceremony took place in the Pavilion at the Tower of London on Tuesday 26th June. 

“The Bloomberg competition offered the winning students working in a mixed team drawn from MA Interior Design, MA Animation, MA Service Design and MA Textiles, the chance to respond to an industrial brief using the kinds of innovative, creative and trans-disciplinary methods that characterise post-graduate study at the Royal College of Art. The result is a playful, inspirational and practical design outcome, one that has been recognised by this prestigious international design award.” Dr. Harriet Harriss, Senior Tutor in Architecture, Royal College of Art

Huge congratulations to the whole team on this fantastic achievement! It was an honour and a pleasure to work with you on this exciting initiative with Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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