A team of Interior Design students from Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) have designed the travelling exhibition, Maggie’s Just Incase, for the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland’s Festival of Architecture 2016.

Maggie’s Just Incase is an exhibition of 12 objects donated by 12 people related to the success of Maggie’s cancer care centres in Scotland, including architects Zaha Hadid (Maggie’s Fife), Frank Gehry (Maggie’s Dundee), Rem Koolhaas (Maggie’s Glasgow), and Richard Murphy (Maggie’s Edinburgh).

With a touring schedule taking in nine venues over the course of the year - including locations in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee and Inverness - it was vital that the exhibition be highly portable, leading to the development of a folding system suitable for both storage and display.

The students’ design comprises a group of four glazed and wooden hinged boxes, which - when combined and opened - reference the shape of Rem Koolhaas’ Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre in Glasgow.

The competition process

Maggie’s Just Incase was designed through a competition open to second and third year undergraduate Interior Design students at ECA.

The winning team comprises second year student, Carol Li, and third year student, Stefani Lai, who is currently on exchange from Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

For the first phase of the competition, the students were asked to construct a 1;2 scale model of their draft design.

To bring the project to completion, they worked collaboratively with ECA technicians and students Tamas-Lazlo Turdean (second year) and Jason Chiu (third year), who came second in the competition. 

The student experience

For Stefani, who is new to Edinburgh, the project was an opportunity to get to know students from other year groups.

She says of her collaboration with Carol, Jason and Tamas-Lazlo (Tommy) “each of us tackled the project in different ways and, through communication and discussion, we combined our ideas to come up with the final design. That was really satisfying”.

Tommy says “This project was very different from what we’ve done before. The exhibition has great meaning, in my opinion. It was undoubtedly enjoyable, sometimes challenging, but very memorable”.

Of the group’s team working, which Jason describes as “really unselfish”, Programme Director Willie Brown says “the students supported each other really well. Their collaboration was mature and impressive and very like what would happen in a design studio”.

Are you interested in studying Interior Design at ECA?

We have an undergraduate BA - Hons programme and a postgraduate MA programme, both of which are led by Willie Brown.