2021 Exhibition

Waste Age

We live in the age of waste. Design helped create the problem, but could it be crucial in solving it?

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What to expect

Could design help us enter a new age where there is no such thing as waste?

Discover how the production of waste has escalated since the mid-twentieth century and face the epic scale of this man-made crisis through immersive installations.

Explore imaginative new approaches and ingenious new materials that will help shape a cleaner future and discover how you can play your part in ending the waste age.


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Coming soon

Discover what else is coming up in 2021 including one of the great furniture designers and architects of the twentieth century in Charlotte Perriand: The Modern Life and the footwear phenomenon that has shaken the world of fashion in Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street.

Background image Oxford Tire Pile #1, Westley, California, USA, 1999 photo © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Flowers Gallery, London / Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto.