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Water Futures

Join an evening of presentations and discussions investigating new and innovative ways of approaching drinking water resources, to coincide with Beazley Designs of the Year,

What to expect

Hosted by Jane Withers, the event will feature presentations and discussions by designers and organisations responding to the urgent issues around the drinking water crisis such as scarcity and pollution. This evening will explore the ongoing, multidimensional relationship between drinking water, city life, and its future possibilities, encouraging an imaginative and human-centric design approach to promoting and improving drinking water awareness worldwide.

This event forms part of the Water Futures at A/D/O New York, a year-long programme curated by Jane Withers Studio for designers to get involved in challenging and changing our toxic drinking water culture and enabling the shift to a refill culture. At the close of the programme in early 2019, a research paper will be published dedicated to the themes covered throughout the year.

This talk coincides with the Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition on display at the Design Museum between 12 September 2018 and 6 January 2019.

Booking information

Adult: £10

Student/Concession: £7

Members: £8

Tap Water Carafe by Lotte de Raadt, Vij5

JUST Water: Sustainable Packaging Innovation by JUST (designers of original label, brand and product strategy), Tetra Pak (packaging manufacturer) and Madwell (designers of updated label)

Made By Rain by Aliki van der Kruijs

Made By Rain by Aliki van der Kruijs

Made By Rain by Aliki van der Kruijs

Plastic Free Aisle and Plastic Free Trustmark, design by Made Thought


Aric Chen

Aric Chen is a curator and writer based in Shanghai, and Curator of Beazley Designs of the Year 2018. He is Curator-at-large for M+, the new museum of visual culture under construction in Hong Kong, where from 2012 to 2018 he led the formation of the museum’s design and architecture collection and programme.

Sian Sutherland

Sian Sutherland is Co-Founder of campaign group A Plastic Planet. The campaign has a single mission - a Plastic Free Aisle in supermarkets. Sian is also a serial entrepreneur with a varied background in advertising, Michelin Star restaurants, film production and brand creation design agencies.

Eva Pfannes

Eva Pfannes is director of OOZE Architects, Rotterdam, founded in 2003 with Sylvain Hartenberg. Their work has been exhibited and recognised worldwide, winning the Dutch Basis Prix de Rome for Architecture in 2006, and in 2017 the LafargeHolcim Awards Bronze for Latin America and the Landscape Institute Award in the UK. OOZE is currently working on the Water as Leverage program of the Dutch Government in Chennai, India.


Jane Withers

Jane Withers is a leading design consultant, curator, and writer. Jane has worked with many organisations interested in raising awareness of environmental issues and inspiring change by creating critically acclaimed exhibitions and events. Her London-based studio works with cultural and commercial clients to shape design-led strategies, programmes and exhibitions

Related exhibition

Beazley Designs of the Year 2018

Discover this year’s top picks of some of the most innovative and thought-provoking designs from the past 12 months – across fashion, architecture, digital, transport, product and graphic design.

Background image | Made By Rain by Aliki van der Kruijs