New Design Museum set to open with programme of exhibitions and talks

Exhibitions set to open at the museum include the ninth edition of the Beazley Designs of the Year, and Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World.


Ahead of its move to Kensington next month, the new Design Museum has now opened booking for its first round of exhibitions, talks and events.

One of the new exhibitions will be a showcase of the 70 shortlisted designs for this year’s Beazley Designs of the Year.

Now in the ninth edition of the awards, the exhibition is a chance for visitors to see sketches, physical designs, models and photography for all of the nominees, before the overall winner is announced in January 2017.

Fear and Love

Highlights include high profile ad campaigns like Apple’s Shot on iPhone 6, and innovative solutions to the refugee crisis, such as a flat-pack refugee shelter designed by the IKEA Foundation.

Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World is a new exhibition coinciding with the opening. OMA – the architecture practice founded by Rem Koolhaas – is one of eleven designers who have created installations for the exhibition, illustrating the theme with a “Pan-European” living room, created in response to the EU Referendum result earlier this year.

Furnished with a piece of design from each of the 28 EU member states, the installation also features a vertical flag designed in the style of an EU “barcode flag”.

In conversation with John Pawson

One of the key talks coinciding with the reopening will be museum director, Deyan Sudjic in conversation with John Pawson, the designer responsible for the transforming the museum’s new home in Kensington.

The discussion will also feature curator and consultant, Daniel Charny and museum deputy director, Alice Black, who have both been involved with the project from its earliest stages.

Tickets for all of the opening talks, exhibitions and events are on sale now. For more information, head here.

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