Waste Age: What Can Design Do?

Design Museum


Fadama 40, Ibrahim Mahama, 2021
From October 23, 2021 until February 20, 2022
To coincide with the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), the Design Museum will host an exhibition showing what design can do to tackle the critical problem of waste and its environmental consequences across the globe.
The exhibition showcases the visionary designers that are reinventing our relationship with waste, including contributions from Formafantasma, Stella McCartney, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Fernando Laposse, Bethany Williams, Phoebe English, Natsai Audrey Chieza, the Sony Design Centre Europe and more.
For the first time, exhibition visitors will be able to see new commissions that confront the waste problem including, a large- scale art installation by Ibrahim Mahama made from e-waste in Ghana and Aurora by Arthur Mamou Mani and Dassault Systèmes Design Studio, an interactive installation inviting visitors to explore how we might achieve a sustainable future.
The Design Museum presents a new vision for the near future with Waste Age: What Can Design Do? Opening on 23 October 2021, the museum invites visitors to explore how designers are redefining fashion, construction, food, electronics, packaging and more through over 300 objects, by designing out waste and creating a more circular economy.
AURORA, Mamou-Mani Architects and the Dassault Systèmes Design Studio
AURORA, Mamou-Mani Architects and the Dassault Systèmes Design Studio
Detail of 3D time line inside the Waste Age: What can design do? exhibition, featuring the RCP2 Children’s Chair, Jane Atfield, 1992
Fashion designers rethinking the materials they design with and using waste in their garments, with examples from Phoebe English (left) and Bethany Williams (right)
Examples of re-using plastic: Endless Flow Rocking Chair (2011) and Chubby Chair (2012) by Dir van der Kooij (left); Plastic Baroque table lamp, James Shaw, 2019
Post Waste section of the Waste Age: What can design do? exhibition– examining algae, mycelium, and other grown materials for creating products that do not rely on petrochemicals
Rematerialize–A Library of Possibilities, Sophie Thomas, 2021
Post Waste section of the Waste Age: What can design do? exhibition– examining algae, mycelium, and other grown materials for creating products that do not rely on petrochemicals
Post Waste section of Waste Age: What can design do? at the Design Museum
3D timeline outlining the history of waste and waste management from the 1700s to today at the Waste Age: What can design do? exhibition
A view of the ‘Why do we love plastic? ’section of Waste Age: What can design do? at the Design Museum
S-1500 Chair, Snøhetta, 2018–2019
Materialism ‘Volkswagen Beetle’ , Studio DRIFT, 2018
Dandora Landfill #3, Plastics Recycling, Nairobi, Kenya, Edward Burtynsky, 2016
Bin Burger, a circular concept for fast food,2021
Waste Age: What can design do? at the Design Museum–featuring the Adobe wall made, made from clay, sand and straw, also showing works from the Algae Platform by Atelier Luma
Display by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation on Building a Circular Economy
Garments showing a circular approach to fashion, including: Bell Tent Jacket and Trousers, Bethany Williams, 2020 (left); All Patched Up, Jersey Jacket and Trousers, Bethany Williams, 2020 (middle); Quilted Puff Jacket, JKT 402 with Quilted Puff Skirt, SKT 403, Phoebe English Studio, 2020
Three garments from Stella McCartney demonstrating a circular approach to fashion design, including: ECONYL® Jacket and Trousers, Stella McCartney, Summer 2019 Collection (left); No Waste Dress, Stella McCartney, Spring 2021 Collection (middle); KOBA® Coat and Trousers, Stella McCartney, Autumn 2021 Collection
PU Droolings, Collected by Rotor VZW, 2008
Post Waste section of Waste Age: What can design do? at the Design Museum
The Optimist Toaster, The Agency of Design, 2010
Sequin Dress, Phillip Lim and Charlotte McCurdy, 2020
Bottle-Top Chain – a winter’s worth of bottle tops collected and made by volunteers from the Cornish Plastic Pollution Coalition, 2015 – 2016
ECONYL® Jacket and Trousers, Stella McCartney, Summer 2019 Collection
Background: Totomoxtle (left) and Sisal Table (right), Fernando Laposse, 2019
Light from Life, Sony Group Cooperation, 2021; Sound Design: Megrim/Takahisa Mitsumori
Fadama 40, Ibrahim Mahama, 2021