Fear & Love – The Design Museum

As a class, we took a trip to the new Design Museum in Kensington. After being named one of the winners of the Design Factory competition last year, It was always going to be an interesting experience the new space and ever exciting exhibitions.

The exhibition explores a spectrum of issues that define our time on earth, including: networked sexuality, sentient robots, slow fashion and settled nomads.


This was one of my favourite pieces on display in the exhibitions designed by Kenya Hara, a Japanese graphic designer and curator. She produced a graphic display of staple foods from around the world. Although this could be construed as “simple”, the message is clear. The idea of staple food is that its quick and easy to cook, whilst providing vital nutrition to survive. The images are shot from directly above the food, whist the light comes from above at a slight angle to produce shadow. This gives a very realistic & 3D feel, as if you could reach out and touch it.



Madeline Gannon presents Mimus:

The designer looks at how robots and artificial intelligence can design a robots emotions. the robotic arm shows interest and curiosity at subjects around the enclosure. It feels as if the designer has thought about the issue of artificial intelligence, and the danger it may have to our society, as Stephen Hawkin has warned us previously. The enclosure symbolizes the advancement in technology is constrained by fear.


Christien Meindertsma

Christien Meindertsma chose to explore how textiles could be better recycled in the future. She took 1000 discarded jumpers and recycled the the fibres. She found that not all jumpers are what they say on the label, which was a major discovery in the industry. Here exhibition was a composition of rainbow-hued piles of wool, with a sample and image of each jumper and fibre.