The designers were selected through an open call to respond to a brief to create a piece of work around the theme of ‘identity’
Development for each project is supported by The Design Museum, which offers a bursary to cover design and manufacture costs, before exhibiting the work and then offering continued support going forward.
This year’s designers have explored how design can be used to convey create or reflect a sense of identity through an object or experience. The results will go on show at the museum from 4 September 2013 – 12 January 2014.
Furman has looked at identity within mass culture, which he sees as sometimes ‘confusing and unstable.’ His results are presented through blogs, objects and film.
Eunhee Jo’s residency will see her develop new surfaces made of fabric or paper embedded with technology to make a light and a Hi-Fi system in the hope of interacting with everyday items differently and creating ‘new aesthetic possibilities’, according to the museum.
A memory box has been developed by Chloe Meineck for people suffering from dementia or memory loss.
Intended as an alternative therapy, Meineck’s memory box can be used by individuals and their families who have a confused or fading sense of personal memory and identity.
Thomas Thwaites is looking at how collating personal information on the internet can serve to inform people about themselves and their own identity.
He will develop a web page that will act as a self-help book and may encourage people ‘to make some choice changes in their personality and identity,’ according to the Museum.