Useful + beautiful: contemporary design for the home

The Geffrey Museum: useful + beautiful: contemporary design for the                                         home

Tuesday 29 April – Monday 25 August 2014.

Admission £5/£3 concessions.

This special exhibition showcases a selection of cutting edge design for the home by both well-established industry figures and emerging talent. A broad range of domestic products, from furniture to wallpaper and textiles, lighting to technology, is on show, spilling out into the museum’s gardens with a display of innovative garden furniture design. As well as highlighting local design from Hackney and London, the show looks further afield and includes work by leading national and international designers.

The Geffrye Museum has a strong track record in spotting and showcasing the most exciting makers and domestic style trends today. The exhibition coincides with the museum’s centenary year and celebrates one of its original purposes – to inspire the local furniture-making industry.

A programme of events highlighting contemporary domestic design is running throughout the show, including talks by the curator and featured designers, a debate on the future of design, workshops and activities for children.

Designers in useful + beautiful

Tomás Alonso Anton Alvarez Michael Anastassiades
Assa Ashuach Studio Jorre van Ast Tomoko Azumi
Barber Osgerby Tord Boontje Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec
Fabien Cappello Ed Carpenter and Thorsten Van Elten Samuel Chan
Kyuhyung Cho Doshi Levien Leala Dymond
Matthew Elton Robert van Embricqs Form Us With Love
Piet Hein Eek Hulger Hunting & Narud
Industrial Facility JiB Studio Tracy Kendall
Seongyong Lee Michael Marriott Jasper Morrison
Gareth Neal OpenDesk Poetic Lab
Raw Edges Freyja Sewell Silo Studio
SmithMatthias David Steiner Studio Drift
Tracey Tubb Utopia & Utility William Warren
Donna Wilson Bethan Laura Wood YOY


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A small but nice exhibition displaying modern design for modern contemporary homes. Exhibits are innovative and some offer you the chance to sit on them! This exhibition showed a variety of good designers but the range was a bit too small. You can also check if your favourite pieces are available to purchase in the shop.

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