“Fear and love brings together eleven diverse design practises from around the world. Each has created an installation exploring an issue that inspires both anxiety and optimism. The exhibition presents a spectrum of attitudes to design and how it affects our lives.
Fear and love steps beyond the traditional certainties of design, in which ‘form follows function’ and problems are ‘solved’. It suggests that there are no simple answers – that design is both part of the problem and part of the solution. For design to steer us through this century, it must be aware of its role in a complex world. This is new ground for the Design Museum, as it sets out to challenge perceptions of what design is and how it is presented.” – Fear and Love, Reactions to a Complex World.
One of the displays that I liked was The Earth from Ma Ke. Ma Ke was the most successful fashion designer in China. Ten years ago, she decided to stop producing commercial clothing. Nowadays she focusses on the traditional ways of making clothing. In her collection, The Earth, she presents nine sets from the Wuyong collection laid on a bed of soil. The installation represents a world in which we possess less that means more.
Another display that draw my attention was The Pan-European Living Room from OMA/AMO.
“In June 2016, the UK voted in a referendum to leave the European Union. At that moment, OMA/AMO rethought its plans for this exhibition to make a statement in support of Europe. The Pan-European Living Room proposes that our idea of the domestic interior has been shaped by European cooperation – between designers and manufacturers, and between trading nations. The average living room in Europe, the practice argues, is a product of that collaborative spirit. This room is furnished with pieces from each of the 28 member states.”
It was a nice game to guess the designer and the country from each piece.
The most beautiful display was the one from Christien Meindertsma, called Fibre Market.
“Most of the clothes you throw away will end up in an incinerator or as landfill, while the ones that are recycled will be turned into materials of low value, such as carpet liner or movers’ blankets. One of the reasons why it is so difficult to recycle clothes is because there has been no easy way to sort them by fabric and colour. Christien Meindertsma has been working with the first generation of machines that can do that.
Meindertsma began this installation with 1,000 woollen jumpers that had been thrown in recycling bins. She worked with two textile companies to machine-sort the jumpers by fabric and colour, demonstrating that the fibres could retain their value. Behind the fibre piles is a selection of material samples from jumpers with the original labels attached. In the sorting process, Meindertsma discovered that many of the labels were inaccurate, suggesting that consumers are often misled about what they are buying. Fibre Market is both a critique of are disposable, fast-fashion consumption habits and a proposal for a more sustainable future.”
This exhibition is really worth visiting and is still running till 23 April 2017.