Showcasing seven projects from designers, artists and researchers working across Scotland, Design for Our Times celebrated new ideas, ingenuity & material invention.
Design for Our Times was curated by DES’s Susanna Beaumont. It first showed at Brompton Design Week / London Design Festival 2021, travelling on in expanded form to V&A Dundee where it was on display until June 2022.
Celebrating innovation & experimentation in materials & making for our contemporary age, Design for Our Times amplifies the vital need to support creative thinking & invention.
Design for Our Times showcases seven projects at the forefront of sustainable design. The contemporary designers, artists and researchers featured demand a sustainable future by questioning established norms, re-visiting time-honoured materials and practices, and proposing practical solutions to issues of waste and overconsumption. From materials to processes, these innovative projects explore new possibilities and foster groundbreaking new ideas that could help tackle some of biggest challenges of our contemporary age.
Ffion & Stephen Blench | Chalk Plaster
Aymeric Renoud | Draff
Maria Lander & Peter Large | Future Practical
Dr Sam Chapman & Prof. Gabriela Medero | Kenoteq
Andrew Miller | Andrew Miller Studio
Lewis Harley & Simon Harlow | Mirrl
Catriona Brown | Shroom
Design for Our Times shares insights into the inspiration that lies behind the creation of a functional object. The exhibition seeks to illuminate the role of the designer as a catalyst of change, the design process, and to illustrate the careful determination and creativity that takes an initial idea through the trial and error of experimentation, prototype development, towards the exciting and sometimes challenging exploration of potential applications in the wider world.
Driven by a desire to make a difference, these individuals question established norms, re-visit time-honoured materials and practices, and propose practical solutions to issues of waste and overconsumption.
The objects and processes highlighted in this exhibition encourage us to consider new approaches to sustainable behaviour: from repurposing waste and discarded objects to using natural resources in place of manufactured materials.