Apply by Monday 5 February 2018, 9:00AM NOW OPEN

Call for entries: Designers in Residence 2018

Applications are now open for Designers in Residence 2018, an annual programme that promotes emerging design talent.

Each year four designers are given a unique opportunity to develop a new body of work in response to a theme set by the Design Museum. The residents are given access to a dedicated design studio on the top floor of the museum to develop and exhibit their work, and provided with a bursary and production budget to realise their projects.


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The Designers in Residence programme provides young designers with time and space to research and consider new ways of developing their work. Residents discuss their projects with established practitioners, industry experts and residency alumni, as well as with the Design Museum's legal, commercial, learning, development, and curatorial teams. Each resident is offered a bursary, commissioning budget and the production costs required to realise their new commission. The programme includes a series of events and talks, offering the designers the opportunity to interact and engage with the public, whilst using this platform as a test-bed for ideas, designs and innovations.

The studio is managed in a way to ensure it is a productive space for people to work, however there are also regular ‘open studio’ sessions, where visitors are encouraged to directly engage with the residents and their projects.

The programme is open to all designers who have graduated from Higher Education within the last five years (in the academic year 2013/14 or more recently) and who have been working professionally (either paid or voluntarily) in some form of design or architecture practice for a minimum of one year.

The Design Museum is looking for designers who demonstrate originality, be it through technology or an innovative approach to practice, through new ways of thinking, doing and making. Designers in Residence should demonstrate initiative and awareness of broader debates that touch on design, whether economic, ethical or social issues, whilst setting the agenda for the future of design.

Recent alumni of the programme include Asif Khan, Giles Miller, Bethan Laura Wood, Yuri Suzuki and Sarah van Gameren.

Completed applications must be submitted to the Design Museum by 9:00 am on Monday 5 February 2018.

2018 theme

This year's theme is 'DWELLING'

For Designers in Residence 2018 the Design Museum invites designers and architects to respond to the theme of DWELLING. Conventionally, a dwelling refers to the place in which we live and sleep; it describes our homes. However, a dwelling doesn’t have to be a house. In wider terms dwelling describes a way of being and behaving that can relate to any place. It can be applied to how we behave in public and social situations, or the way in which we co-exist in cities. It is a series of rites and rituals that define our relationships and the interactions we have with each other.

2017 Designers in Residence

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how to apply

How to apply

Please submit your completed application form below and attach the required visual material. Incomplete entries will not be considered. Please check the accompanying call for entries and terms and conditions documents below to ensure you fit the criteria for entry.

Designers in Residence 2017

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