Useful + Beautiful @ Geffrye Museum
Until Monday 25th August
Admission £5/£3 concessions
This exhibition of forward-thinking interior designers features everything from furniture and textiles to funky lighting and humble wallpaper, as well as the best new garden furniture outside among the flowerbeds. Leading international designers will have their work displayed alongside plenty of high-quality local design, each showcasing innovation and creativity and highlighting how designers respond to issues such as efficiency, sustainability, durability, usefulness and beauty. It will give a glimpse of what’s new and what we might expect to have in our homes in the future. For more info, head to the Geffrye Museum website.
Disobedient Objects @ V&A
Saturday July 26th – Sunday February 1st
This exhibition will be the first to examine the powerful role of objects in movements for social change. It will demonstrate how political activism drives a wealth of design ingenuity and collective creativity that defy standard definitions of art and design. Focussing on the period from the late 1970s to now, a time that has brought new technologies and political challenges, Disobedient Objects will display arts of rebellion from around the world that illuminate the role of making in grassroots movements for social change: finely woven banners, defaced currency, political video games, experimental activist bicycles and textiles bearing witness to political murders. For more info, head to the V&A website.
Time Machines: Daniel Weil and the Art of Design @ The Design Museum
Until 25th August
Thirty-five years ago, Daniel Weil arrived from his native Argentina to study design at the Royal College of Art. His reaction to political and post-industrial freedom produced the seminal Bag Radio in 1981, followed by a continuous series of inventive objects, products and interiors. Time Machines focuses on the process of design and how designers think and work. It explores how Weil interprets sources, chooses projects, uses colour and creates form. For more info and to buy tickets, head to The Design Museum’s website.
Designs of the Year @ The Design Museum
Until 25th August
Now in its seventh year, Designs of the Year gathers together a year of cutting-edge innovation and original talent; showcasing the very best in global architecture, digital, fashion, furniture, graphic, product and transport design. A clear reflection of everything that is current and exciting in the world – such as Kate Moss’s favourite app, a floating school in a Nigerian lagoon, friendly lamp posts and a mobile phone you can build yourself – this exhibition is not to be missed. For more info and to buy tickets, head to The Design Museum’s website.
Louis Kahn: The Power Of Architecture @ The Design Museum
9th July – 12th October
Best known amongst his peers as a visionary architect, Kahn was an expert manipulator of form and light, and a creator of uniquely dramatic buildings. Using models, original drawings, sketches, photographs and films, this show aims to fully represent each iconic construction project. Kahn himself drew on a wide range of sources, from ancient ruins to the work of Le Corbusier, believing that architects have an important social responsibility. The Power of Architecture aims to bring one of the twentieth century’s greatest master builders to a much wider audience. For more info and to buy tickets, head to The Design Museum’s website.