Designing for our Future Selves A free pop-up exhibition


NEW OLD explores the potential for design and designers to enhance the experience of our later lives.

About the exhibition

As our population ages rapidly, the exhibition looks at how design can help people lead fuller, healthier and more rewarding lives into old age, asking the question: how can designers meet the challenge of a rapidly ageing society? From robotic clothing to driverless cars, this exhibition rethinks design approaches to ageing.

Curated by Jeremy Myerson, Helen Hamlyn Professor of Design at the Royal College of Art, and sponsored by the Helen Hamlyn Trust and AXA PPP healthcare, the exhibition is organised into six sections - Ageing, Identity, Home, Community, Working and Mobility.

Each section features a special design commission by a leading designer or design team, creating new solutions for demographic change as well as addressing the challenges’ of ages. New projects by Yves Béhar /fuseproject, Konstantin Grcic, Future Facility, Special Projects, IDEO and Priestman Goode feature in the show. NEW OLD examines how innovation and design can reimagine how we live the later stages of our lives.


©Special Projects, photography by Luke Hayes

Photography by Luke Hayes

Head in the Sky

©Konstantin Grcic, 2016

Scooter for Life

©PriestmanGoode, photography by Luke Hayes

Photography by Luke Hayes


©fuseproject, photography by Luke Hayes

Photography by Luke Hayes

Amazin Apartment with Amazin Service

©Future Facility, photography by Luke Hayes

Photography by Luke Hayes


©Yves Béhar & fuseproject

New Old Fine Aged Spirit & Learn from Experience

©Mother, photography by Luke Hayes


©Ideo, photography by Luke Hayes


The pop-up exhibition takes place in the Helene and Johannes Huth Gallery on Level 2 of the Design Museum.

Open from 10:00 - 18:00 each day and 20:00 on the first Thursdays of the month.

The pop-up exhibition is free to enter.

New Scientist comes to the Design Museum

Technology editor Vicki Turk from New Scientist meets the #ElliQ home robot, which features at the NEW OLD exhibition, and discusses other innovative technology designed for the elderly.

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Background image: Exchange by Special Projects