The Design Museum’s annual Designers in Residence programme provides a platform to celebrate new and emerging designers at an early stage in their career. The programme is now in its sixth year and is a core part of the exhibition programme demonstrating the Design Museum’s commitment to support and encourage new design talent. For this year, the 2013 Designers in Residence are: Adam Nathaniel Furman, Eunhee Jo, Chloe Meineck and Thomas Thwaites. This year the designers were invited to explore how design can be used to convey, create or reflect a sense of identity through an object or experience. The results will be displayed in the Design Museum from 4 September.
Adam Nathaniel Furman will explore the concept of identity through a cabinet of curiosities. The cabinet will contain products made entirely from 3D printing and Slip Casting. The project follows a fictional journey of an individual’s intimate and obsessive search for identity. Furman graduated from the Architectural Association in 2009 and is currently working at Ron Arad Associates. His recent designs use new fabrication techniques including 3D printing, as well as more traditional ceramic production to express his interest in architectural history, theory and speculative architecture.
Eunhee Jo’s research looks at the surface quality of things. During her residency Jo will develop new surfaces made of fabric or paper which will be embedded with technology. Jo will use this embedded material to create a light and Hi-Fi system that offer new possible encounters with what we regard as everyday items and in doing so creating new aesthetic possibilities. After studying Mechanical System and Design Engineering at Hongik University, Jo has completed the combined Innovation Design Engineering Masters at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College, London. She has previously worked at Seoul based Cloud and Co, a design studio founded by Yeongkyu Yoo.
Chloe Meineck will develop a memory box to be used by people suffering with dementia. Seeking to create an alternative therapy for patients Meineck’s Music Memory Box can be used by individuals and the families of those who have a confused or fading sense of personal memory and identity. Meineck studied 3D Design at Brighton University and has recently completed a Craft and Technology residency funded by the Crafts Council in association with Autonomatic at Falmouth University’s Academy for Innovation and Research, PM Studio in Bristol and iDAT in Plymouth.
Thomas Thwaites will explore how the collating of personal information from the internet could, in addition to boosting consumer knowledge, also be used to inform people about themselves and their own identity. Thwaites will develop an interactive webpage that will act like a ‘self-help book’ and may aid people to make some choice changes about their personality and identity. Thwaites studied a Human Sciences degree at University College, London, and also Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art, London.
Designers in Residence, 4 September until 12 January, Design Museum, Shad Thames, London, SE1 2YD. designmuseum.org
Credits: Artwork by Adam Nathaniel Furman. Courtesy the Design Museum