Time Machines: Daniel Weil and the Art of Design, Design Museum, London

21st March 2014

14 May - 31 August, 2014 - Design Museum, London

Detail, Weil's Work

The first museum exhibition devoted to Daniel Weil’s work spans his thirty years at the forefront of design practice – from young Royal College of Art student, newly arrived from Argentina, to longstanding Partner at Pentagram who has taught and inspired the next generation.

Witty and thought-provoking, Time Machines: Daniel Weil and the Art of Design features a series of specially created pieces, as well opening up Weil’s sketchbooks and personal archive for the first time.

The exhibition includes some of his earliest work, such as 1981’s influential Bag Radio, as well as commissions for Swatch, United Airlines, Krug, Mothercare and the Pet Shop Boys.

  • Clocks, cutlery, a chess set – nearly all of Weil’s designs evolve from simple pencil drawings in one of the hundreds of identical hardback sketchbooks that he has always used as the starting point for designing.

    “My designs are time machines, in their process of making and expression of the moment” – Daniel Weil

    On display for the first time, these sketchbooks are shown alongside the mass of ephemera that activates his imagination.

  • The exhibition focuses on the process of design, about how a designer thinks and works. Weil, former RCA Professor of Industrial Design and Memphis participant, presents his experience and philosophy of design practice as a manifesto of ‘actions for designers’.

    Continuously inventive, Weil plays with fundamental elements of time, light, space and sound – always seeking a new connection, a fresh approach.

    The pieces on display, from found objects to finished products, tell a story not of design, but of designing.

    The exhibition’s Guest Curator is Martina Margetts, Senior Tutor in Critical & Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art.

Design Museum
Shad Thames

Opening: 10.00 – 17.45 daily. Last admission 17.15
Admissions: £12.40 Adults, £9.30 Students, Members and Under 6s free
Further Information: T: 020 7940 8790 W: designmuseum.org

Daniel Weil

Daniel Weil qualified as an architect at the University of Buenos Aires in his native Argentina in 1977. He relocated to London the following year to study industrial design at the Royal College of Art, where he received his MA (RCA) in 1981. After graduating from the RCA, Daniel designed and manufactured his own products, including a collection for Memphis 1982 and the Bag Radio. In the partnership Weil/Taylor, Daniel also worked with Alessi, Esprit, French Connection, Yamagiwa, Channel Four and Knoll. Daniel was unit master for the Architectural Association and then Professor of Industrial Design at the Royal College of Art.

In 2002 the Royal College of Art awarded him a Senior Fellowship. Since joining Pentagram in 1992, Daniel has worked on projects that encompass a combination of product design, packaging, interiors and art direction for a broad range of clients that includes Swatch, Lego, Krug, Benetton, Tretorn, Superga, Pantone, EMI, Mothercare, Coca-Cola, Grey Goose, TSE, King’s College, Boots, Group G3/Quam, Granada Motorway Services, A Café, Cass Art, Oyuna, Mont Blanc, Aldo, Benetton, The London Legacy Development Corporation, One & Only Resorts, the Bulgari Hotel, the Savoy Hotel and the Dorchester in London.

The Design Museum

The Design Museum is the world’s leading museum devoted to architecture and design. The museum opened in 1989 and its work encompasses all elements of design, including fashion, product and graphic design. 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