The Design Museum’s annual Designers in Residence programme provides a platform to celebrate new and emerging designers at an early stage in their career. The programme is now in its sixth year and is a core part of the exhibition programme demonstrating the Design Museum’s commitment to support and encourage new design talent.
The 2013 Designers in Residence are: Adam Nathaniel Furman, Eunhee Jo, Chloe Meineck and Thomas Thwaites.
This year’s Residents were selected through an open call in response to a brief to create a piece of work based on the theme of ‘Identity’. The designers were invited to explore how design can be used to convey, create or reflect a sense of identity through an object or experience. The results will be displayed in the Design Museum from September.
Adam Nathaniel Furman
Adam Nathaniel Furman will explore the concept of identity through a cabinet of curiosities. The cabinet will contain products made entirely from 3D printing and Slip Casting. The project follows a fictional journey of an individual’s intimate and obsessive search for identity. Explore Adam’s blog for more information http://identity-parade.blogspot.co.uk/. Furman graduated from the Architectural Association in 2009 and is currently working at Ron Arad Associates. His recent designs use new fabrication techniques including 3D printing, as well as more traditional ceramic production to express his interest in architectural history, theory and speculative architecture.
Eunhee Jo’s research looks at the surface quality of things. During her residency Jo will develop new surfaces made of fabric or paper which will be embedded with technology. Jo will use this embedded material to create a light and Hi-Fi system that offer new possible encounters with what we regard as everyday items and in doing so creating new aesthetic possibilities. After studying Mechanical System and Design Engineering at Hongik University, Jo has completed the combined Innovation Design Engineering Masters at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College, London. She has previously worked at Seoul based Cloud and Co, a design studio founded by Yeongkyu Yoo.
Chloe Meineck will develop a memory box to be used by people suffering with dementia. Seeking to create an alternative therapy for patients Meineck’s Music Memory Box can be used by individuals and the families of those who have a confused or fading sense of personal memory and identity. Meineck studied 3D Design at Brighton University and has recently completed a Craft and Technology residency funded by the Crafts Council in association with Autonomatic at Falmouth University’s Academy for Innovation and Research, PM Studio in Bristol and iDAT in Plymouth.
￼Thomas Thwaites will explore how the collating of personal information from the internet could, in addition to boosting consumer knowledge, also be used to inform people about themselves and their own identity. Thwaites will develop an interactive webpage that will act like a ‘self-help book’ and may aid people to make some choice changes about their personality and identity. Thwaites studied a Human Sciences degree at University College, London, and also Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art, London.
About the Design Museum
The Design Museum is the world’s leading museum devoted to architecture and industrial design. Founded in 1989 and currently located in Shad Thames, its work encompasses all elements of design, including product design, graphic design, and fashion. For the past 22 years, the museum has hosted exhibitions showcasing some of the most important pioneers of design including, Paul Smith, Zaha Hadid, Jonathan Ive, and Dieter Rams. The Design Museum plans to relocate from its current home at Shad Thames to the former Commonwealth Institute building, in Kensington, West London. The project is expected to be completed by 2015.
Leading designer John Pawson will convert the interior of the Commonwealth Institute building to create a new home for the Design Museum giving it three times more space in which to show a wider range of exhibitions, showcase its world class collection and extend its learning programme. For more information please visit: designmuseum.org