Exhibitions, installations + talks

London Design Festival 2019

Discover exhibitions, events and installations taking over the Design Museum to celebrate London Design Festival 2019.



PriestmanGoode presents Get Onboard: Reduce. Reuse. Rethink

Location: Level 1

Dates: 11 September 2019 – January 2020

Industrial design studio PriestmanGoode explores the issue of waste in travel. Each year, an estimated 5.7 million tons of cabin waste is generated on passenger flights, from single-use plastics to meal trays and earphones. PriestmanGoode frames the conversation around our individual journeys and look at how developments in eco materials, initiatives from suppliers and changes in consumer behaviour could transform our experience across all transport modes and lead us to a more sustainable industry.

Sound in Mind: Yuri Suzuki

Location: Museum-wide

Dates: Friday 6 September 2019 – January 2020

Sound artist, Yuri Suzuki, showcases past works and new interactive pieces that demonstrate his creative practice. This free display on the first floor of the museum’s atrium is divided into distinct sections, with works ranging from experimental product design to large-scale sound installations. Suzuki explores how we navigate and connect to the surrounding world through sound, and how new technologies can be made more relatable through novel implementations of sound design.

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Architectural Radicals

Location: Level 2

Dates: Saturday 14 - Sunday 22 September 2019

In the centenary year of the Bauhaus, this exhibition by the MA Curating Contemporary Design examines the role of the Architectural Association (AA) in breaking with the Modernist tradition and redefining architectural practice and education. Focusing on the period between the late 1960s and early 1980s, this transformative moment for the AA is understood as an experimental and creative response to political volatility, environmental concern and the influence of new technologies - themes echoed in our present day.

Reflections: The Anatomy of Form

Location: Mezzanine

Dates: Friday 6 -Sunday 22 September 2019

Showing for the first time in London, this exhibit explores the work behind Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), an interdisciplinary practice responsible for some of the world’s most technically and environmentally advanced buildings.

A series of models offer insight into SOM’s exploration of the idea architects and engineers practice a poetry of inquiry, experimentation and ingenuity. The exhibit showcases a selection of SOM’s ground-breaking projects, all of which anticipated new ways of living, working, and learning. The display includes projects from different typologies and height, including Exchange House and Manhattan Loft Gardens in London, JTI headquarters in Geneva; John Hancock Centre (875 North Michigan Avenue) and the Sears Tower (now known as the Willis Tower) in Chicago, as well as the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

Cosmic Capsule

Location: Level 2, Huth Gallery

Dates: Friday 21 September – Sunday 23 September 2019

The designers in residence present an immersive cosmic capsule that invites you to delve into the connections of the cosmos. This unique film installation and soundscape will take visitors on a journey through the stars to explore the miracle of childbirth, the possibilities of our food systems, the creation of wonder materials and the otherworldly landscape of Chile’s Atacama Desert.

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Jaguar Presents: The Future Legacy

Location: -1 level

Dates: Thursday 12 – Sunday 22 September 2019

Jaguar explores the British influences in its design process by showcasing individual Jaguar pieces. Four specially designed components inspired by Britain’s rich creative identity, both past and present, will be displayed to highlight Jaguar’s ability to unite traditional and contemporary design. From music icons to youth sub-culture, discover the thought and cultural references applied to every individual element of Jaguar’s refined design process.


Beazley Designs of the Year 2019

Discover the most innovative designs across fashion, architecture, digital, transport, product and graphic design from the past 12 months, as nominated by design experts from around the world.

Talks and events

Yuri Suzuki presents Sound in Mind

To coincide with the opening of his new exhibition “Sound in Mind”, designer Yuri Suzuki curates a night of musical performances and workshops at the Design Museum.

Sascha Lobe on the Bauhaus

For London Design Festival 2019, award-winning graphic designer and new Pentagram partner Sascha Lobe will give an evening lecture at the Design Museum on typography and the Bauhaus.

Teikuhiko – A Talk by Kenya Hara

A chance to hear from renowned Japanese graphic designer, Art Director of MUJI and Chief Creative Director of Japan House London, Kenya Hara.

West Kensington Design District

Returning for its second year the West Kensington Design District plays host to leading design destinations, cultural institutions and must-see events. 100% Design, the UK’s leading design trade event sits at its heart alongside Design Museum, the world’s leading museum devoted to contemporary design. Discover an exciting programme of exclusive content curated by partners including 100% Design, Kirkby Design, Design Museum, V&A Blythe House and more.