Designers in Residence

An overview of the Designers in Residence, an annual programme at the Design Museum since 2007.

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Theme: Open

Designers in Residence 2016

This year the Design Museum opens the doors to its new home in Kensington. The Designers in Residence of 2016 will join the museum on this journey. Through a focussed and rigorous proposal, the museum asked designers to submit creative responses to this year’s theme OPEN.

2016 residents

Alix Bizet

Clementine Blakemore

Andrea de Chirico

Rain Wu

Alix Bizet

Past project: ‘Hair Matter(s) explores the role of hair in evoking and shaping identity. Photo: Juliette Delforge

Clementine Blakemore

Past project: Workshop building outdoor classroom with local and international participants. (Project Chander Nagar, India, 2012) WORKSHOP architecture

Andrea de Chirico

Past project: The Hairdryer 1.0 project is rethinking production methods of everyday objects.

Rain Wu

Past project: Eataipei, an experimental culinary experience curated with Shikai Tseng and chef Chung-Ho Tsai

Theme: Migration

Designers in Residence 2015

9 September 2015 - 3 April 2016

‘This year's Designers in Residence programme invites four designers to respond to the theme of ‘migration’. It can be a reflection of objects or processes that imply movement, or transition, of shifting and cross-fertilising cultures, or of mobility.’- Deyan Sudjic, Design Museum Director

2015 residents

Chris Green

Stephanie Hornig

Hefin Jones

Alexa Pollmann

Theme: Disruption

Designers in Residence 2014

10 September 2014 – 8 March 2015

‘Disruptive innovation interrupts established ways of thinking, diverges from traditional practices and proposes new, unexpected ideas.’ Deyan Sudjic, Design Museum Director

2014 residents

James Christian

Ilona Gaynor

Torsten Sherwood

Patrick Stevenson-Keating

Theme: Identity

Designers in Residence 2013

4 September 2013 – 12 January 2014

This year’s Residence were selected via an open call in response to the brief ‘Identity’. The designers were invited to explore how design can be used to convey, create or reflect a sense of identity through an object or an experience.

2013 residents

Adam Nathaniel Furman

Eunhee Jo

Chloe Meineck

Thomas Thwaites

Theme: Thrift

Designers in Residence 2012

5 September 2012 – 14 April 2013

The finalists were asked to respond to the brief ‘Thrift’ and to explore the idea of economy and resourcefulness in an object, an environment or an experience.

2013 residents

Freyja Sewell

Harry Trimble and Oscar Medley-Whitfield

Lawrence Lek

Yuri Suzuki

Theme: Imperfection

Designers in Residence 2011

24 August 2011 – 22 January 2012

Selected via an open-call, the finalists were asked to respond to a brief which considered the idea of imperfection either in an object, environment or experience.

2011 residents

Simon Hasan

Hye-Yeon Park

Will Shannon

Jade Folawiyo

Designers in Residence 2010

Barack Obama Poster, USA, by Shepard Fairey

"Seems sure to be one of the defining images of the US Presidential campaign, symbolising Obama’s appeal to the young but perhaps also redolent of the personality cult around him that some find worrying, also an example of how designers can get involved in political campaigns in a meaningful way – sales of his poster has raised over $400,000."

Nominated by Patrick Burgoyne

2010 residents

Asif Khan

Bethan Wood

Dave Bowker

Marc Owens

Farm: Giles Miller, Alexena Cayless, Sebastian Hejna and Guy Brown.

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