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Design Luminaries: A Practice for Everyday Life in conversation

Join us for an evening with graphic design studio A Practice for Everyday Life as they reflect on their two decades of championing design with conceptual rigour in conversation with writer and curator Riya Patel.

What to expect

Join us for the third event in our new series of conversations with eminent and inspirational designers, live-streamed to partner Higher Education Institutes across the UK.

Meet the designers behind 'A Practice for Everyday Life' (APFEL). With attention to object quality and materiality at the core, the studio creates original designs exploring the relationship between process, material and concept. Reflecting on the 20 years of the studio's history, designer Emma Thomas will delve into its inception, growth and vision.

They will be joined by writer and curator Riya Patel, who was Senior Editor at Icon magazine and writes regularly for FRAME, Design Anthology, and Disegno.


Kirsty Carter and Emma Thomas, APFEL

A Practice for Everyday Life (APFEL) is a London-based graphic design studio founded by Kirsty Carter and Emma Thomas, working across art direction, exhibitions, publications and digital design. The studio has established its international recognition, celebrating the collaborative work with like-minded art institutions and individuals including the Design Museum, Barbican, V&A and the 59th Venice Biennale 2022.

Riya Patel

Patel is a London-based writer and curator with ten years of experience in architecture and design. Until 2019 she was curator at The Aram Gallery, an independent platform for new and experimental design. She was formerly the senior editor at Icon magazine, and writes regularly for FRAME, Design Anthology, and Disegno. She started her career at The Architectural Review and Architects’ Journal and holds a Masters degree in architecture.

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Booking information

Adult: £10
Student/Concession: £9
Members: £8

Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Visit our terms & conditions page for further information.

A limited number of free tickets are available through our Emerging Designers Access Scheme. If you are an emerging designer and facing financial barriers to attend, please register here.

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Background image: APFEL's design for the Design Museum's exhibition 'Charlotte Perriand: The Modern Life' (2021).