Atrium Free Display Now closed

Designing for our Future Selves

Curated in partnership with the Design Age Institute, Designing for our Future Selves explores how design is transforming the way society can support everyone to age with greater agency and joy.

What to expect

Designing for our Future Selves builds on last year’s successful Future of Ageing display, which celebrated the one thing we all have in common – that we're all getting older, no matter our age.

The 21st century is shaping up to be a century of centenarians. With more of us living longer, an increasing proportion of the UK’s population will hopefully become part of an older, healthier, more financially secure, and technologically savvy demographic.

But we will also face many global challenges, including automation resulting in job losses, the climate emergency, global pandemics, and the cost of living. The traditional life stages of education, employment and retirement will need to be radically reimagined.

The new display will showcase how, in a changing world, cutting-edge design can help people to not only live their later years more independently, sustainably and healthily but also with joy and fulfilment.

It will feature 10 design initiatives currently being developed by Design Age Institute and its partners aimed to positively impact the way we live and work as we grow older.



Exhibition photography by Andy Stagg @studiostagg

Hamlyn Walker, Michael Strantz

Inclusive banking; Illustrations by Jess Nash. Exhibition photography by Andy Stagg @studiostagg

Home Office workspace by Paul Jones, Chris Brown and Adam Cosheril. Exhibition photography by Andy Stagg @studiostagg

Packaging Products Petition

Coaroon, Colin Wilson. Exhibition photography by Andy Stagg @studiostagg

Tides, Eeva Rinne

Freedom, Luii, courtesy of Binding Sciences Ltd. Exhibition photography by Andy Stagg @studiostagg

Booking information

No pre-booking is needed to see the free displays.

The display can be visited daily from 10:00 to 18:00 in the museum's Atrium.

Please note: Exhibition now closed.

Meet your Future Self

What will the future you be like? Will you enjoy the same things as you do now, live in the same house, work in the same job, follow the same social accounts?

Explore your future needs, wants and desires with our #FutureYou chatbot, created to coincide with the duration of our display Designing for Our Future Selves.

To get chatting, simply DM us on Instagram saying Hello.

Designing for Age, Agency & Joy

The Design Age Institute is the UK’s national strategic unit for design and the healthy ageing economy, bringing together designers, businesses, researchers and communities to help address the challenges and opportunities of an ageing society.


Funded by Research England, the Design Age Institute brings together expertise from across world-leading research, design, innovation and learning including the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design (HHCD) at the Royal College of Art (RCA); the National Innovation Centre for Ageing at Newcastle University (NICA), University of Oxford’s Institute of Population Ageing (OIPA), the International Longevity Centre (ILC) and the Design Museum.

Background Image: Home Office workspace by Paul Jones, Chris Brown and Adam Cosheril.