A group of schoolchildren has been working with Seymour Powell and the Victoria & Albert Museum to redesign the way we make a cup of tea – the results of which are going on show at the V&A.
Seymour Powell has been working with the V&A since last year to develop the Design Lab series of workshops and events for students. The first workshop to run – called Design Pro – encouraged students to tackle a design brief looking at the kettle.
As well as classes and events from the V&A Schools team, Seymour Powell associate directors Paula Zuccotti and Matt Tidman and designer Laurence Willmot popped in for sessions to teach the children directly.
Seymour Powell spokesman Tim Duncan says, ‘We chose the kettle as it’s such a universal device. The workshops look around the entire design process from start to finish – looking at elements including research, ethnography and idea generation.’
He adds, ‘What was really useful for the children and teachers was that it allowed them to see the different career opportunities in design and how their skills might fit into them.’
The exhibition, Design Lab, Designing the Future, which runs in the Sackler Centre until September, will showcase the work produced by the children in response to the kettle brief.
As well as sketches and models created by the children, it will also show work produced by Seymour Powell staff in response to the same brief and prints from the V&A collection showing kettles throughout history.