Design Museum, Designers in Residence 2020 Catalogue
- The Designers in Residence programme is a core part of the Design Museum’s activity, supporting emerging designers, from any discipline, with resources to develop their practice. Since its inception in 2007, the annual residency has provided over 50 designers with the time, finance and space to build a new body of work in response to an annual theme.
- The theme for the 2020 residency programme was ‘Care’. In this new decade – characterised by technological acceleration, 24/7 working, climate uncertainty and now a pandemic that has irrevocably transformed how we live, work and interact – there is a crucial role for design in supporting the ways we care for ourselves, each other and the planet.
- This year’s residents are Abiola Onabule, Cynthia Voza Lusilu, Enni-Kukka Tuomala and Ioana Man. They have designed new tools for protecting and restoring land – from soil, trees and indigo leaves, to territorial rights and civic infrastructure – for the welfare of its many inhabitants. In rethinking design’s relationship with empathy, microbes, local textile production and mental health provision, their projects invite us to imagine a different future. One that is governed by holistic systems for encouraging slower living and social bonding, and for distributing resources sustainably and equitably.
- Due to the social restrictions around the coronavirus pandemic, the designers have carried out their residency remotely, conducting their research, experiments and interactions from their homes. This digital showcase presents their collective thinking and individual design investigations and outcomes.