Design Researchers in Residence Event London Design Festival

Restore: Guided Tour

As part of London Design Festival, join the Design Researchers in Residence for a two-part tour of design work responding to the climate crisis. Explore Restore at the Design Museum and Extended at Brompton Design District.

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Design Researchers in Residence 2021/22

Join the 2021/22 Design Researchers in Residence – Thomas Aquilina, Delfina Fantini van Ditmar, Samuel Iliffe and Sanne Visser – for a free walkthrough of the exhibition Restore. They'll lead an intimate tour of the display, explaining the background and processes behind their research, as well as the details of their ongoing work.

The residents’ projects take us to Kensington hairdressers and into the shadow of Grenfell Tower, through the UK’s polluted lakes and on to an imagined, less comfortable future. They show us the ecological value of seaweed, the adaptability of waste materials, the creative potential of recycled human hair and the importance of listening to the silences in our city. Their work traces design-led routes towards more restorative relationships: between places and communities, between ourselves and our planet.

Following the tour of the Residency Studio at the Design Museum, visitors will be invited to join a walk (30 minutes) to Brompton Design District to visit Extended, a new display by Sanne Visser as part of London Design Festival.

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Pre-booking is required.

Capacity is limited, please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Please note that this event is now sold out, but you can still visit the exhibition until 25 September.

2021/22 residents

Delfina Fantini van Ditmar

Delfina Fantini van Ditmar is a transdisciplinary designer and educator whose research explores methods of subtraction.

Samuel Iliffe

Samuel Iliffe is a design engineer who is researching the use of algae to remove harmful pollutants from freshwater bodies.

Sanne Visser

Sanne Visser is a maker and design researcher whose work looks at hair as both a local waste stream and material resource.

Thomas Aquilina

Thomas Aquilina is an architect investigating climate justice in North Kensington.

Design Researchers in Residence

Learn more about our programme for emerging design researchers hosted at the Design Museum, co-funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

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Future Observatory is a new programme for design research supporting the UK's response to the climate crisis. It is coordinated by the Design Museum in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Supported by Arts and Humanities Research Council

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects from history and archaeology to philosophy and languages, design and effectiveness of digital content and the impact of artificial intelligence.

Background image: Restore exhibition and portraits by Felix Speller.