Touring Exhibition Available in 2022

Material Tales: The Life of Things touring exhibition

As we face the realities of the Earth’s limited resources, designers and users are unpicking how objects are made, and at what material cost.

What are the materials that go into the objects that define our day to day lives? And how has material innovation changed the ways in which we live today?

What to expect

Material Tales is the first dedicated touring exhibition developed by the Design Museum. The exhibition charts the journey of the materials that have defined modern life through their origins, uses and evolution to current environmental and industrial consequences.

Featuring iconic exhibits from the Design Museum collection, as well as innovative materials in development today, the exhibition will inform and inspire visitors to understand and care for the complex processes that go into everyday objects.

Available in 2022.

Related workshop

Research in Action

This accompanying workshop seeks to understand the material cultures of different regions in more depth, to consolidate ongoing research across the globe into material innovation and sustainable practices.

Elissa Brunato, Bio Iridescent Sequin

Designers in Residence 2019, photograph by Felix Speller

9 MODIS images show shrinking of the Aral Sea 2000-2013, NASA

Installation view from CAFA Art Museum, Beijing

Installation view from CAFA Art Museum, Beijing

Installation view from CAFA Art Museum, Beijing

Installation view from CAFA Art Museum, Beijing

Installation view from CAFA Art Museum, Beijing

Building the Largest Ship in the World, Maersk Triple E, South Korea, 2019. Photo by Alastair Philip Wiper

Get in touch

For more information on this touring exhibition, contact the Touring team by completing the tour enquiries form or calling +44 (0)203 862 5883.