5 London Design Exhibitions to visit in 2014

If you find yourself with some spare time one day this year, head to London and visit one of these design exhibitions. The capital has so much to offer when it comes to design exhibitions, and some of the highlights include an immersive exhibition of digital creativity at the Barbican, an exhibition showcasing cutting edge design for the home, as well as a whole week of design events at the London Design Festival.

Designs of the Year 2014 exhibition – The Design Museum

For a taste of upcoming and exciting design talent, this exhibition is the one to go to. It brings together the very best talent in fashion, digital, graphic, product furniture and global architecture design. From well known international design stars such as Muiccia Prada and David Chipperfield to recent start ups and crowd funded projects, Designs of the Year offers a glimpse of cutting-edge innovation. Head to designsoftheyear.com for more information.

Design Museum, Shad Thames, London, SE1 2YD
Open: 10.00 -17.45 daily. Last admission: 17.15. Exhibition ends 25th August 2014.
Admissions: £12.40 Adults, £9.30 Students, Members and Under 6s free

Digital Revolution – The Barbican

Exploring the rise in digital creativity, Digital Revolution is an innovative and immersive exhibition. Uniting game developers, designers, film-makers and artists, the exhibition looks at both digital’s past and it’s possible future, featuring projects that are pushing the boundaries such as augmented reality, artificial intelligence and 3D printing. Contribute to Google’s DevArt, experience the visual effects featured in films such as Inception and Gravity and play retro games such as Space Invader and Pacman. See Digital Revolution for more information.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS
Open: Mon–Sat: 9am–11pm. Sun: 10am-11pm. Bank Holidays: 12 noon–11pm. Exhibition ends 14 September 2014.
Admissions: £12.50 Standard, £8.50 Students, Red and Orange Members free

Digital Revolution at The Barbican

Making Colour – The National Gallery

A unique exhibition, the Making Colour exhibition is the first of it’s kind in the UK. Discover the ways and materials artists through the time have been making pigments and enjoy displays of paintings, ceramics and glass from the early Renaissance to the Impressionist movement. Learn how we perceive and register colour in an interactive display, which has been designed to show how the eyes and brain respond to colour. Full details on the National Gallery website.

The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN
Open: Daily: 10am-6pm. Friday: 10am-9pm. Exhibition ends 7 September 2014.
Admissions: £8 Adults, Seniors £7, National Art Pass Holders/Students/Job Seekers £4

London Design Festival

The London Design Festival isn’t just one exhibition, there are hundreds of events to attend throughout the festival across a range of design disciplines including digital, food, graphic, textile and furniture. Join a talk on the use of the typography within a digital environment, visit exhibitions featuring innovative furniture or head to one of the many design trade fairs running during the event. Find yourself inspired by the collections on show and meet like-minded creatives. With over 300 events running across various locations, there is plenty to see – head to the London Design Festival website for information on all events. The festival runs from 13-21 September.

Locations, opening times and prices vary. Check individual events for more information.

Visit London Design Festival 2014

Useful and Beautiful – Geffrye Museum

Featuring a broad range of cutting-edge design products in the home. Useful and Beautiful showcases the work of not only national and inter national designers, but also features the work of local designers based in London. Known for spotting upcoming talent and trends, the Geffrye Museum hopes that this exhibition will achieve it’s original purpose – be a source of inspiration for the local furniture-making designers. Visitors can expect an insight into what is new and what we may have in our homes in the future, with the opportunity to give some of those items a try. Head to the museum website for more information.

136 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, London E2 8EA
Open: Tuesday-Sunday 12-5pm
Admissions: Free


Photo Credit – Susan Smart Photography.