Fear and Love – Reactions to a Complex World at London’s Design Museum New Home, through April 23, 2017

“Fear and Love, the opening exhibition at the Design Museum in Kensington, presents eleven installations by some of the most innovative and thought-provoking designers and architects working today. These newly commissioned works explore a spectrum of issues that define our time, including networked sexuality, sentient robots, slow fashion and settled nomads. The exhibition shows how design is deeply connected not just to commerce and culture but to urgent underlying issues – issues that inspire fear and love. This is a multidisciplinary and global exhibition that aims to capture the mood of the present and establish the Design Museum as the home of design debate.” —  The Design Museum

‘When the Design Museum opened in 1989, the first exhibition, Commerce and Culture, was about the value of industrial products. Three decades later, we now take that value for granted. Fear and Love goes further, and proposes that design is implicated in wider issues that reflect the state of the world. By inviting these designers to create installations with such an open brief, the museum presents itself as a laboratory of ideas, and a place for absorbing how the world is changing,’ said Justin McGuirk, Chief Curator at the Design Museum

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Andrés Jaque, Intimate Strangers (c) Office for Political Innovation

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Arquitectura Expandida, Potocinema (c) Harold Guyaux and Arquitectura Expandida

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Exhibition photo by Luke Hayes

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Christien Meindertsma, Fibre Market (c) Labadie Van Tour

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Exhibition photo by Luke Hayes

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Hussein Chalayan, The Room Tone (c) Chalayan and Intel

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Kenya Hara, Staples (c) Yoshitaka Mizutani

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Exhibition photo by Luke Hayes

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Ma Ke, The Earth (c) Zhou Mi

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Exhibition photo by Luke Hayes

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Madeline Gannon, Mimus (c) Autodesk Charlie Nordstrom

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Metahaven, A Love Letter to Sea Shepherd (c) Metahaven

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Exhibition photo by Luke Hayes

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Neri Oxman and the Mediated Matter Group for and by STRATASYS, Ltd (c) Yoram Reshef

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Exhibition photo by Luke Hayes

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OMA, The Pan-European Living Room © OMA / AM

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Rural Urban Framework, City of Nomads (c) Rural Urban Framework

Exhibition design by Sam Jacob Studio and OK-RM.

Images courtesy The Design Museum.