Toy robots can bring out the little kid in everyone and fashion designer Paul Smith is no exception. Vintage examples – including a gigantic motorised rubber Godzilla and a plastic Smash martian, which was given away free in a 1970s promotion – are to be displayed in the Collector’s Cabinet at the Design Museum. Loaned from Smith’s personal collection and amassed through numerous visits to flea markets and junk shops, the installation offers an insight into both the toys’ design style and Smith’s own sensibility. Paul Smith’s Robots are on show from 10 May to 11 August in the Design Museum’s Contemporary Design Gallery.
McDermott & McGough’s piece is a functional, secular safe space that can be used by the public for quiet contemplation or hired out for ceremonies.
This month, head to Manchester for a city-wide design extravaganza, delve into the world of Roald Dahl and read all about the history of graphic design.
Exhibitions, print fairs and a room full of giant bees are among our picks of the best events to get down to at this year’s Northern extravaganza.
As World Mental Health Day takes place this week, we speak to designers, freelance creatives and illustrators about their experiences of mental illness or issues, and ask