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Future Observatory display

Photography by ©Felix Speller for the Design Museum

Design research for the green transition.

The first display in a new dedicated space for research at the Design Museum is now open. The Future Observatory display showcases six researchers from across the UK who are confronting environmental concerns and working towards liveable futures.

Visitors to the free display will encounter live research projects from a wide range of design disciplines including fashion, food and construction. The display features new commissions from the six researchers, with new films, large-scale illustrations and a bespoke biohybrid arch among them.

NPOL Original Exploring Jacket and Musette, Faber Futures, 2023
Figure 1, Dunne & Raby, 2023

The Future Observatory display space is dedicated to ongoing, forward-facing research projects. The initiative signals the importance of placing design at the heart of the green transition, for both the museum and the broader design industry.

The exhibitors are: Faber Futures, CLIMAVORE, Julia King, Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment, Dunne & Raby and Dark Matter Labs.


Dunne & Raby

Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby


Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment

Indy Johar

Dark Matter Labs

Julia King

Design Exchange Partnerships 2023

Natsai Audrey Chieza

Faber Futures