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Unbreakable brolly tipped to shine in annual showcase of Brunel's design talent


An umbrella that cannot break in the wind, a colour-changing plant pot that tells gardeners if there is something wrong with their flowers and shrubs, a desktop plant that slowly blooms
at the sound of people's voices, and a small buggy which follows whoever or whatever is holding the GPS transmitting device are just some of the 250 innovations expected to catch the eye of consumers, producers and service providers at the annual Made in Brunel showcase

This year's show, run by graduating Brunel University design and engineering students is on from 8-10 June. Journalists, photographers and film crews are invited to attend the 'Innovation that works' preview evening on Tuesday 8 June at The Business Design Centre in Islington, London N1.

Paul Turnock, Brunel's Director of Industrial Design and Product Design, and creator of the innovation-driven project, said that Made in Brunel 2010 promised to be the best yet.

"The projects we've got on show this year are simply breathtaking, and it's the ideal opportunity for industry professionals to come and meet the new up-and-coming generation of innovative thinkers from Brunel.

"The theme of this year's show is 'Innovation that works', and many of the ideas and products designed by our graduating students will undoubtedly help shape the future, the way so many of our graduates' projects have in the past."

In addition to the design showcase there is a designated 'industry and consultancy day' on Wednesday 9 June. A 'Future Visions' event will chart the work of Brunel product design students on eight different brands – Armitage Shanks, Bridgestone, Cambridge Audio, Crayola, Kelloggs, Land Rover, Müller and Playboy.

This will be followed by talks from 10 leading figures in business, design and engineering including Jay Osgerby, Michael Wolff and speakers from Tesco, Xerox and the Design Council.

For more information about Made in Brunel 2010 please visit the Made in Brunel website.

Information for editors:

To book your place at the Made in Brunel 2010 preview evening please contact:

Phil Smith at Communications Management: tel 01727 733388, email phil@communicationsmanagement.co.uk.

For any media queries on the day please call Phil Smith on 07584 170878.

Individual student case studies and photos are available upon request.