Design for Our Times

Design for Our Times is an exhibition curated by Design Exhibition Scotland in partnership with V&A Dundee. Showcasing seven projects from designers, artists, and researchers working across Scotland, it is a celebration of ingenuity & invention. It opened last month at V&A Dundee.

Design for Our Times – celebrating ingenuity & exploration in design & material innovation. Image Mhairi Maxwell.

Celebrating innovation & experimentation in materials & making for our contemporary age, Design for Our Times amplifies the the vital need to support creative thinking & invention.

Andrew Miller Pend, 2021. Light sculptures constructed from glassware found in charity shops. Image Michael McGurk

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 

Chalk Plaster Theo, 2021 & Mrs Marshall’s Intonaco stool, 2018 on plinths designed by Future Practical.

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.

Chalk Plaster – various pigments made from stones collected along the beaches of Fife together with sample

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. 

The K-briq made of over 90% construction waste in East Lothian.
Dixon drinking fountain designed & made by Mirrl of Glasgow, commissioned by Design Exhibition Scotland.
Shroom, a prototype tree shelter made of mycelium by Catriona Brown. Image Michael McGurk.
Design for Our Times is at V&A Dundee until 13 June 2022, admission is free. There is an events programme to accompany the exhibition – ‘Introducing Design for Our Times’ studio interviews with live discussion from curator Susanna Beaumont & designer Catriona Brown online Thursday 27 January, 6.15pm. Book now
Design for Our Times made its debut at London Design Festival | Brompton Design District in September. Design for Our Times is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

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