Design Council building up Great Expectations

The Design Council has unveiled the theme and contents of its Great Expectations exhibition, which kicks off in New York Grand Central Station’s Vanderbilt Hall on 16 October.

The all-British exhibits have been selected for their diversity, worth and functionality – those with “a story to tell” – and not just aesthetic appeal, says a Design Council spokesman.

A 54m illuminated dining table with outsized cutlery, designed by Casson Mann with graphics by Kerr Noble, will showcase the products. Chairs positioned round the table will be fitted with speakers to explain each exhibit.

Products on show include concepts of Marks Barfield Architects’ London Eye, Marion Deuchars’ repackaging of George Orwell’s novels for Penguin Books, the Royal National Institute for the Blind’s Tiresias typeface, by Laker Sharville Design Associates, Seymour Powell’s Bioform bra, Thomas Heatherwick’s Plank chair and Lambie-Nairn’s BBC2 brand identities.

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