A growing consensus towards the creation of ‘democratic museums’ that involve audiences is an emerging trend in curation. Visitors heading to Design Centre East may have noticed the Design Lab, a new hub of exploration inspired by an interactive museum. The specially commissioned space showcases products, usually found in an interior scheme, displayed in an original way as artefacts. Keeping to a ‘Science of Design’ theme, passementerie fringe by Samuel & Sons is shown as an anthropological headdress, hardware in different sizes and shapes by Houlès, Samuel Heath, Turnstyle Designs and McKinney & Co are displayed in a molecular pattern while ‘Luna’ pendants by Porta Romana introduce an element of astronomy. Geology is brought into focus with ‘Obsidian’, a digitally printed panel by Harlequin that resembles a glacial terrain, paired with lighting and furniture from Birgit Israel, Passerini and Bert Frank at Decca (Bolier), Marc de Berny and Charles Paris at Rubelli/Donghia. In Perspex vitrines, geometry is represented by wallcoverings from Lewis & Wood and tiles by Ann Sacks. Why not experience it all for yourself?
Ground Floor, Centre Dome (link to Design Centre East)