Top 5 design things to look out for in May

Find out about London’s transport design, see a film on the future of the office and bag yourself a personalised Jony Ive iPad (if you’re lucky…)

Auction: Time for Design


What: The Design Museum is hosting the Time for Design auction, where a selection of lots including a rare Moulton bicycle, a Fiat car modified by Ron Arad and a one-off iPad designed by Sir Jony Ive will be sold to raise money for the museum’s move to Holland Park.

When: The online edition runs until 2 May

Where: Online at

Event: V&A engineering season


What: The Victoria & Albert Museum is set to embark on a season that celebrates engineering, with highlights including a major Ove Arup exhibition and a sprawling outdoor installation fabricated by robots. The engineering season is setting out to consider engineers as the “unsung heroes” of design according to the V&A, which wants to recognise their “vital and creative role” in developing our built environment.

When: 18 May-6 November

Where: Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

Info: See the V&A website for more info

Exhibition: Designology


What: London Transport Museum is set to host the “highly experiential” Designology exhibition, which will look at how design is encountered in everyday journeys across the capital. Designed by Ab Rogers, the exhibition will feature posters from the golden age of travel, historic maps, tickets and signage, and a pop up design studio where visitors will be able to find out more about contemporary design innovation.

When: From 20 May

Where: London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, London WC2E 7BB

Info: See the London Transport Museum website for more info

Festival: Clerkenwell Design Week


What: The seventh edition of Clerkenwell Design Week is set to take over the east London district towards the end of May. This year’s CDW will feature a number of exhibitions and events across different venues, including the two-floor Design Fields exhibition at Spa Fields and the new British Collection show, which will showcase UK design in the Crypt of St James’s Church.

When: 24-26 May

Where: Venues across Clerkenwell, London EC1

Info: See the website for more info

Film: Workplace


What: Helvetica and Objectified director Gary Hustwit is set to release his latest film Workplace, a documentary about the future of the office. Workplace follows the design and construction of the New York office of ad agency R/GA, in collaboration with architect Foster + Partners.

When: The film premieres on 28 May at the Venice Architecture Biennale. A global internet release will follow in the summer

Info: Find out more on Hustwit’s website

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