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08 March 2012
Product fitness 80: Naoto Fukasawa, Sam Hecht and Konstantin Grcic moderated by Tyler Brûlé

Beginning with a presentation from Japanese industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa, this discussion with three of the world’s most respected designers, examines the relationship between craftsmanship, quality and efficiency of materials and energy. The talk accompanied the display at the Design Museum Product fitness 80 by Muji, which explored using 20% less materials and energy to make everyday products.

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24 January 2012
The New Design Museum - Press Launch

The Design Museum held a press conference on 24 January 2012 to reveal plans for the New Design Museum which will open in late 2014. Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum is joined by Sir Terence Conran, John Pawson, Sir Stuart Lipton and Reinier de Graaf.

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11 October 2011
Kenneth Grange Interview

Author and journalist Barbara Chandler interviews Britain's leading product designer Kenneth Grange about his motivations, inspirations and key achievements throughout his career.

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23 June 2011
Wim Crouwel, Pioneer of Industrial Culture

Design Museum Director Deyan Sudjic interviews Wim Crouwel at the Design Museum about his philosophy and achievements. Presented in partnership with Premsela, the Dutch platform for design and fashion, it is the latest in an international series of talks analysing how leading design figures have bridged the gap between society’s cultural interests and industrialised practice.

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21 February 2011
Brit Insurance Designs of the Year - Interview with Stephen Bayley

Stephen Bayley, jury chair for the Brit Insurance Design Awards, talks about how aesthetics, function, sustainability and social change in design influenced the judge’s decision for category winners. The category winners will be announced on 28 February on the exhibition blog.

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02 November 2010
Drawing Fashion

Fashion drawing collector Joelle Chariau is joined by leading figures in fashion illustration Francois Berthoud, Mats Gustafson, Aurore de la Morinerie and Paul Caranicas (Antonio Lopez archive and estate holder).
It is the first time the all the artists featured in the Drawing Fashion exhibition have been brought together to discuss their careers as fashion illustrators, key influences and the fashion industry.

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24 October 2010
PUMASafe Annual Sustainability Lecture

Yves Behar gives the inaugural PUMA.Safe Annual Sustainability Lecture. Yves Behar, founder of design studio fuseproject and winner of Brit Insurance Designs of the Year 2008 for One Laptop Per Child, delivers a lecture on the sustainable philosophy that drives his design practice.

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24 September 2010
Interview with John Pawson

John Pawson talks about his work and the exhibition Plain Space at the Design Museum.

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29 July 2010
Sustainable design with Sophie Thomas

Sophie Thomas, from the advisory committee for the Sustainable Futures exhibition gives a talk at the New Designers show about sustainable design.

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19 May 2010
Sustainable Futures

Head of Exhibitions, Nina Due, gives a guided tour of the Sustainable Futures exhibition.

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26 April 2010
Gemma Curtin, curator of Urban Africa exhibition, talks to David Adjaye

David Adjaye, one of the leading architects of his generation, talks to Design Museum curator Gemma Curtin about his photographic journey documenting key cities in Africa, as part of an ongoing project to study new patterns of urbanism.

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15 March 2010
Alex Newson, curator of Brit Insurance Designs of the Year walks through the exhibition

Now in their third year, the Brit Insurance Designs of the Year exhibition showcases the most innovative and forward thinking designs from around the world.

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03 December 2009
Gemma Curtin, Design Museum curator, talks to Fergus Bisset about Ergonomics

Described as the science of everyday life, ergonomics combines the knowledge of human performance with design and engineering to create systems, products and services which are safe, efficient and enjoyable to use.

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02 December 2009
David Chipperfield talks about his exhibition at the Design Museum

With a style that is restrained, quiet and thoughtful, David Chipperfield is of one of Britain’s leading architects with a huge international reputation.

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23 November 2009
Mark Adams from Vitsœ talks to Dieter Rams in the exhibition

As head of design at Braun, the German consumer electronics manufacturer, Dieter Rams emerged as one of the most influential industrial designers of the late 20th century by defining an elegant, legible, yet rigorous visual language for its products. The exhibition showcases Rams’ landmark designs for Braun and furniture manufacturer Vitsœ, examines how Rams’ design ethos inspired Braun’s entire product range for over 40 years and assess his lasting influence on today’s design landscape.

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24 July 2009
Airside at the Design Museum

Design group Airside talk about their work, history and participation in Super Contemporary to coincide with the release of the book 'Airside by Airside'.

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06 July 2009
Deyan Sudjic, Design Museum Director, introduces Jan Kaplický - architect of the future

Jan Kaplický, who died earlier this year, was the Czech architect responsible for some of the most remarkable buildings that Britain has ever seen. Deyan Sudjic introduces this exhibition celebrating the work of a gifted architect and designer.

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02 July 2009
Guest Curator Daniel Charney talks to Javier Marsical about his new exhibition at the Design Museum

Mariscal Drawing Life is the first UK retrospective of the Spanish designer and artist regarded as one of the world's most innovative and original designers of our time. Mariscal talks about his rich and diverse body of work with Daniel Charny at the exhibition opening.

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17 April 2009
Hussein Chalayan interviewed by Caroline Roux at the Design Museum

Hussein Chalayan discusses the motivation, inspiration and achievements behind his experimental projects spanning the past 15 years.

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11 March 2009
London Debate - Hussein Chalayan at Shoreditch Town Hall

Hussein Chalayan talks about how London influences his work and why he bases his International fashion business in the vibrant and gritty East End. Chalayan is joined by other key design creatives who base themselves in the city, including writer and journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Foreign Office Architects partner Farshid Moussavi and acclaimed emerging writer Bola Agbaje.

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16 February 2009
Design Museum curator Nina Due gives a tour of Brit Insurance Designs of the Year 2009

Brit Insurance Designs of the Year presents the 91 shortlisted designs in seven categories - architecure, fashion, furniture, graphics, interaction, product and transport.

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09 February 2009
Penguin Covers Then and Now

Over the decades Penguin has sustained a reputation for generating innovative and influential cover designs as seen in the work by Alan Aldridge in the 1960s. In this cross generational discussion, early Penguin designers and former Penguin editor Judith Burnley will talk about the factors behind their particular Penguin heyday to be compare with recent achievements and future direction described by current Art Director Jim Stoddart.

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23 January 2009
Joy of Clay: Ceramics Debate

The Ceramics Debate. As another Stoke institution bites the dust join Jerwood award winner Richard Slee, Carol McNickol and Clare Twomey who will be discussing the current state of this multi faceted industry

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22 January 2009
Hussein Chalayan takes you through his Design Museum exhibition

Hussein Chalayan takes you on a quick tour of his new exhibiition. Hear his reflections on his collections and how the exhibition has come together. Please note there is some background noise as it was recorded on press day.

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09 January 2009
Listen to highlights from the Design Cities - Where Next? talk at the Design Museum

The Design Museum’s exhibition Design Cities argued that seven cities have each enjoyed a 'moment' when their particular economic, cultural and geo-political stars have aligned to have a transformative effect on the history of design. In this debate the British Council, and the Design Museum came together to examine the notion of ‘Design City’, and look to where this title might be applied in the future. In a panel discussion led by Design Museum director and curator of ‘Design Cities’ Deyan Sudjic, candidates from up to four major world cities will have the opportunity to state their case. Those invited to canvas were as follows:

Ruy Ohtake is an acclaimed architect and argues for Brazil’s largest city, Sao Paulo.

Professor M P Ranjan is a designer and a member of the Faculty at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, argues in favour of Bangalore, the fastest growing metropolis in India.

Ou Ning is a prominent editor and graphic designer, he puts forward the case for Beijing, the centre of politics and culture in China.

Denis Cherdantsev is a designer, journalist and teacher of design. He argues in favour of Moscow, the largest city in Europe and a melting pot of politics, economics and religion, that is also home to the largest number of billionaires in the world.

At the end of the event the audience were able to cast their vote in response to the arguments and campaigning of the night.

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24 November 2008
Alberto Alessi in conversation with Design Museum Director Deyan Sudjic

Alberto Alessi responds to footage from a selection of the ‘Design Interviews’, a series of DVDs produced by Museo Alessi, co-edited by Museo Alessi and Edizioni Corraini and directed by Anna Pitscheider. Featured in the short films are five masters of design - Andrea Branzi, Achille Castiglioni, Alessandro Mendini, Richard Sapper and Ettore Sottsass.

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21 November 2008
Listen to highlights from Alan Aldridge's talk at the Design Museum

Alan Aldridge 'the graphic entertainer' talks about his work

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16 October 2008
Curator Gemma Curtin talks to Patricia Urquiola

One of the most active and exciting designers working today, Spanish born Patricia Urquiola is interviewed about Landscape, her recent porcelain range for the ceramic manufacturers Rosenthal. The subject of a Design Museum exhibition, Patricia Urquiola talks to curator Gemma Curtin.

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16 September 2008
Deyan Sudjic introduces the Design Cities exhibition

Design Cities tells the story of contemporary design through seven key cities at their creative height: London (1851), Vienna (1908), Dessau (1928), Paris (1936), Los Angeles (1949), Milan (1957), Tokyo (1987) and London (2008). Hear Design Museum Director Deyan Sudjic talk about the history of design through the prism of seven cities.

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15 September 2008
Sam Hecht In Conversation at the Design Museum

One of the founder members of London based design office Industrial Facility, Sam Hecht, discusses his achievements, recent projects and attitudes towards design including his chosen selection of objects in the Design Museum exhibition 'Under a Fiver'.

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03 July 2008
Donna Loveday talks to Tim Walker about his exhibition

London based photographer Tim Walker has established himself at the cutting edge of fashion photography. His images capture a sublime moment in time, evoking a sense of epic drama and beauty. Stunning sets and lavish locations juxtapose the everyday with the absurd and the fabulous, to create captivating, original photographs. Tim’s evocative images are full of textured nuance and intriguing detail. His innovative photography is amongst the most imaginative and exuberant being produced today.

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23 June 2008
Gemma Curtin talks to Industrial Facility about their exhibition

Industrial Facility is the London-based design office of Sam Hecht, Kim Colin and Ippei Matsumoto. A studio primarily designing mass produced goods, Industrial Facility take pleasure in the anonymity of everyday items, applying intellectual rigour, high design values and vision to products such as coffee makers, stationary and kitchen utensils.

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25 April 2008
Deyan Sudjic talks to Richard Rogers about his exhibition

Richard Rogers has had the most remarkable career in British architecture. Beginning with an extraordinary family house in Cornwall, then changing the shape of post-War architecture with the Pompidou Centre, he now heads up an international office that is busier than ever. Listen to Richard Rogers talk to Design Museum Director Deyan Sudjic about his exhibition at the Design Museum.

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13 March 2007
Colin Forbes' talk at the Design Museum

Pentagram co-founder Colin Forbes makes a rare appearance in London to speak about his career and early collaborations with Alan Fletcher.

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13 February 2007
Pentagram Partners in conversation at the Design Museum

To kick off our 2007 talks programme assembled some heavy graphic design hitters. On 9 February, current Pentagram Partners Harry Pearce, John Rushworth, and Paula Scher were in conversation with Emily King, curator of our Alan Fletcher exhibition. The talk - titled Feedback - explored the history, working practice and achievements of this pioneering design organisation that was co-founded by Alan Fletcher.

Founded in 1972 in London, Pentagram is regarded as one of the world's leading multidisciplinary design consultancies. Organised around twenty partners (directors) who are all practising designers, Pentagram has offices in London, New York, San Francisco, Austin (Texas) and Berlin.

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