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Kubrick: Designing Worlds

Explore the legacy of Stanley Kubrick and his impact on design in this symposium from leading designers and theorists including Chris Baker, Howard Berry and A Clockwork Orange designer Milena Canonero.

What to expect

Over the span of fifty years, the film-director Stanley Kubrick created films that defied genres, shocked the public, and challenged conceptions of what cinema might be. Renowned for his meticulous attention to detail, Kubrick worked closely with many designers throughout his career to construct a series of unique cinematic worlds, from the brutalist dystopia of A Clockwork Orange to the futuristic space-station of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

This two-day symposium will explore the legacy of Stanley Kubrick’s films and their impact on design. Drawing on the Stanley Kubrick exhibition at the Design Museum and the Stanley Kubrick Archive held at the Archives and Special Collections Centre, UAL, this symposium aims to illuminate discussions around the practices that underpin film production, extending the range of engaged disciplines beyond the screen such as costume design and documentary film-making.

Participants will also have access to the Design Museum’s current exhibition Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition as a part of the symposium.

BNC Mitchell camera with the Zeiss lens used to film Barry Lyndon

Costume of Alex from A Clockwork Orange

Centrifuge model from 2001 A Space Odyssey

Model of the maze from The Shining

War Room model from Dr. Strangelove


Milena Canonero

Milena Canonero is an Italian designer who designed her first costumes for A Clockwork Orange and subsequently was awarded her first Academy Award and Bafta Award for her work on Barry Lyndon. She has since worked with directors including Francis Ford Coppola, Hugh Hudson and Wes Anderson, with whom she is currently working on the forthcoming: The French Dispatch.

Chris Baker (aka Fangorn)

Chris Baker (aka Fangorn) has had an artistic career spanning graphic design and illustration for books, gaming and comics. In 1994 he was hired by Stanley Kubrick to develop concepts and scenes for ‘A.I’ and ‘Eyes Wide Shut’. He has since worked on numerous films including A:I: Artificial Intelligence, Gravity and War of the Worlds.

Colin Arthur

Colin Arthur is a sculpture who trained at Guildhall and Kennington Art School. He worked on 2001: A Space Odyssey, working with Stuart Freeborn on the Australopithicus sequence. He has worked across special effects, molding, stop-motion, CGI on numerous films throughout his career.

Francesca Jaynes

Francesca Jaynes works as a choreographer and movement director in feature films, television, and theatre. Having worked with many of Hollywood’s most celebrated directors such as Tim Burton, Mike Leigh, Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg; a broad audience all around the world has enjoyed her work.

Howard Berry

Howard Berry leads The Elstree Project, documenting the film and television history of Elstree and Borehamwood through interviews including Steven Spielberg, Roger Moore, Christiane Kubrick and Barbara Windsor. In 2014 he hosted the official 35th anniversary reunion screening of The Shining, and has been working with the Kubrick family for several years.

Katharina Kubrick

Katharina Kubrick is the daughter of Stanley Kubrick. She worked on Barry Lyndon, Full Metal Jacket, and The Shining as a location photographer and props buyer. She worked in the Art Dept on several movies including Midnight Express, two Bond movies and the Dark Crystal. She is now an oil painter and designs jewellery.

Booking information

Day 1: Adult: £35
Student/Concession: £25
Member: £25

Day 2: Adult: £35
Student/Concession: £25
Member: £25

2-Day Pass Adult: £50
Student/Concession: £40
Member: £40


Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition

Step inside the world of Stanley Kubrick, one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century.

In collaboration with

University of the Arts London [UAL] is the official academic partner of the Design Museum for the Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition. The archive of acclaimed filmmaker Stanley Kubrick is held at the University Archives and Special Collections Centre, London College of Communication, UAL.