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The Ralph Saltzman Prize 2023: Edward Barber in conversation with Marco Campardo

Join us for a special evening with The Ralph Saltzman Prize 2023 winner Marco Campardo in conversation with designer Edward Barber of Barber Osgerby.

Please note: Tickets are sold out.

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What to expect

The Ralph Saltzman Prize celebrates emerging product designers and reflects the Design Museum’s overarching commitment to champion new talent and nurture the development of a vibrant design sector.

The award was created by Lisa Saltzman in 2022 on behalf of the Saltzman Family Foundation and in recognition of Ralph Saltzman’s design legacy in partnership with the Design Museum.

We are delighted to host an evening with The Ralph Saltzman Prize 2023 winner Marco Campardo. An emerging product designer with an experimental approach to materials, Campardo will be in conversation with Edward Barber of groundbreaking design studio Barber Osgerby, who nominated him for the prize. Senior Curator Rebecca Lewin will invite Campardo and Barber to discuss their journeys into the industry, challenges, influences, aspirations and more.

Visitors will be able to see Campardo’s work displayed at the museum's Mezzanine from February to April 2023.

About Ralph Saltzman

Co-Founder and President of DesignTex, and a major figure in the design world, Saltzman's curiosity and collaborative spirit is evident in the legacy of innovation he leaves behind and in the company he founded nearly 60 years ago. Designtex's development of sustainable textiles and the partnership that emerged between William McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart won First Prize in the International Design Sense competition at the Design Museum in 2000.


Marco Campardo

Campardo has a particular interest in manufacturing and material experimentation as a form of critical practice, using it to explore wider narratives about culture, materiality, identity and authenticity. His research seeks to subvert or adapt industrial manufacturing processes. He works closely with manufactures, local communities and artisans to develop projects that value craftsmanship and tacit knowledge.

Edward Barber

Barber is co-founder of London-based industrial design studio Barber Osgerby alongside Jay Osgerby. Their diverse body of work spans industrial design, furniture, lighting and site-specific installations as well as gallery and public commissions such as the London 2012 Olympic Torch and projects for the Royal Mint. They work with leading manufacturers such as Vitra, Knoll, B&B Italia, Flos, Venini and Hermès, and their work is held in collections including the V&A, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Art Institute of Chicago.

Rebecca Lewin

Lewin is a curator and writer based in London. Currently developing her first exhibition as Senior Curator at the Design Museum, she was previously Curator, Exhibitions and Design at Serpentine, London. As well as producing independent exhibitions and texts, she has also been a guest lecturer at Chelsea College of Art & Design and Slade School of Art, and has taught on courses at the Royal College of Art and Design Academy Eindhoven.

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Booking information

Adult: £8
Student/Concession: £6
Members: £5

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

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

Please note: Tickets are sold out.
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The Ralph Saltzman Prize 2023

The second year of our annual prize in partnership with the Saltzman Family Foundation celebrating emerging product designers in recognition of Ralph Saltzman’s design legacy.

Background image: Furniture designed by The Ralph Saltzman Prize 2023 Winner, Marco Campardo.