Values of design

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Values of Design
Design Society – Shenzhen, China
December 12, 2017 – August 04, 2019

 

By identifying several key values that have been driving design processes all over the world throughout the past two centuries, the objects in the exhibition either support or question these value claims, triggering the audience to reflect on how they value design themselves.

 

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The exhibition consider how values drive design and how design is valued, as well as highlighting the key role that design plays in society. Values of Design has been curated and designed specifically for the V&A Gallery, Shekou at Design Society. It exhibits drawn from the V&A’s major collections of fashion, photography, furniture, product and graphic design, theatre and performance. It showcases objects that represent key turning points in the history of design against the backdrop of Shenzhen, a city in which design and manufacturing are developing at a rapid rate.

 

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The inaugural V&A exhibition Values of Design, designed by Sam Jacob Studio, is an exploration of our values, and how our values are reflected in the objects we choose to surround ourselves with. The largest international project the V&A has ever worked on, it provides a framework for a new and critical look at design. In the context of contemporary China, the term ‘design’ has taken on many different values. From personal expression and problem solving to economic development.

 

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To realize the exhibition, lead curator Brendan Cormier has been working closely with Sam Jacob Studio, who have crafted a bold and dynamic gallery design in which the seven thematic sections – Performance, Cost, Problem solving, Materials, Identity, Communication and Wonder – are distributed across an open floorplan. The sections are comprised of materials that reflect each theme, and are complemented by strips of audio-visual ‘moving wallpaper’ made up of imagery that speaks to the values being discussed. The gallery also includes  two major audio-visual installations as well as an interactive section which engages users to consider what it is they value in design.

 

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