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“Fear and Love” at the new Design Museum in London, from November 24

By FEDERICA LUSIARDI - January 30, 2017


On November 24, 2016, the Design Museum reopens its doors in a new home in Kensington, west London. Among many events programmed for the opening, the exhibition “Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World” presents eleven installations by some of the most innovative and thoughtprovoking designers and architects working today.

cover image: Kenya Hara, Staples.

These newly commissioned works explore a spectrum of issues that define our time, including networked sexuality, sentient robots, slow fashion and settled nomads.
The exhibition shows how design is deeply connected not just to commerce and culture but to urgent underlying issues – issues that inspire fear and love. This is a multidisciplinary and global exhibition that aims to capture the mood of the present and establish the Design Museum as the home of design debate.



the DESIGN MUSEUM in Kensington, rendering and exterior views.

In response to the recent Brexit vote, OMA, the architecture practice founded by Rem Koolhaas, presents “The Pan-European Living Room”. Furnished with a piece of design from each of the 28 EU member states, the installation proposes that our very notion of the domestic interior has been shaped by an ideal of European cooperation and trade; fashion designer Hussein Chalayan, has produced a series of wearable devices that detect your emotions and project them for the outside world to see; Madeline Gannon, multidisciplinary designer based in Pittsburgh, has created custom software to transform a 1200kg industrial robot into a living, breathing mechanical creature named Mimus; with the audio-visual installation “Intimate Strangers”, architect Andrés Jaque, explores the way network culture is defining new forms of behaviour and interaction; Arquitectura Expandida, an activist architecture collective from Colombia, is creating a replica of a school that they have designed and built in one of the most disadvantaged communities of Bogota; tokyo-based Kenya Hara, the graphic designer and art director of Muji, has examined what we eat to create “Staples” – a graphic display about the most common staple foods around the world; the graphic designers Metahaven, based in Amsterdam, present a film about the marine wildlife conservation group Sea Shepherd; Neri Oxman, an architect, designer and professor at MIT in Boston, has created a series of death masks called “Vespers” using ultra-high definition 3D printing; with their installation “City of Nomads” Hong Kong-based Rural Urban Framework explores how the nomads of Mongolia are adapting to urban life, giving up traditional freedoms for the difficult conditions of unplanned settlements; dutch product designer Christien Meindertsma’s installation “Fibre Market” explores the potential of recycling textiles; chinese clothing designer Ma Ke presents her ongoing project “Wuyong”, or ‘Useless’. Ma Ke’s philosophy is to create clothes that have a strong connection to the land and the rural traditions of China.


OMA, The Pan-European Living Room


Rural Urban Framework, “City of Nomads”


Left: Christen Meindertsma, “Fibre Market”. Right: Andres jaque,”Intimate Stranger”.


Ma Ke, “Wuyong”.

Fear and Love. Reactions to a complex world
(temporary exhibition)
24 November 2016 – 23 April 2017
The Design Museum
224 – 238 Kensington High Street

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