How We Collected WeChat

The V&A has added WeChat, China’s largest social media platform, to its permanent collection. If you’re visiting the museum, you’ll be able to see a small display of the application in Gallery 76 during the London Design Festival and in the ensuing months. To say ‘we’ve collected an app’ elicits a range of puzzled reactions. […]

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A Preview of Minding the Digital

On December 2nd of this year, Design Society will open its doors for the first time. While we’re continuing to work hard in London finalizing the preparation for the V&A gallery, our colleagues in Shenzhen are working with equal zest on the inaugural exhibition for the Main Hall, called Minding the Digital. In this guest […]

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Durability: The Dualit versus the SPLAT Chair

This post is part of a series called ‘Design Value Debates’, which highlight objects from the V&A Collection which will appear in ‘Values of Design’, the inaugural exhibition for the V&A Gallery at Design Society. In each post, we will look at two objects which each propose a different way of addressing a certain value, […]

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Remembering Martin Roth

On August 6th, Martin Roth, Director of the V&A from 2011 to 2016, passed away due to a serious illness. His death has come as a great sadness to the entire team working on the V&A Gallery at Design Society. Martin’s tenure at the museum was marked by a belief that cultural institutions act on […]

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Sneak Peek: A Trailer for ‘Values of Design’

For the inaugural exhibition ‘Values of Design’ in the V&A Gallery at Design Society, we’ve been working with filmmaker Alice Masters to create several audio visual installations that explore the many spaces where value is designed, manufactured, displayed and consumed. The filmmaking has taken us to sites across London and Shenzhen (and further afield), including design studios, factories, restaurants, shopping […]

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Introducing: ‘Values of Design’ and China’s First Design Museum

At the end of this year, China’s first ever design museum will open its doors in the thriving manufacturing megalopolis of Shenzhen. The museum is part of a new cultural hub, called ‘Design Society’, the result of a pioneering collaboration between China Merchants Shekou and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A). Design Society has the […]

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Arduino, Apps and Robots: A Designer-led Learning Project at Design Society in Shenzhen

During March Design Society (DS) and V&A learning teams hosted the first maker in residence in Shenzhen as part of DS pre-opening activities and the British Council’s Hello Shenzhen project. We set UK based designer and engineer Ross Atkin a brief to engage students and young people with problem solving through making using objects that will feature in the opening […]

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Introducing Ross Atkin – Design Society’s first Maker in Residence

We are delighted to introduce Ross Atkin, the first maker in residence hosted by Design Society (DS). Ross will be working with the DS and V&A learning teams in Shenzhen for three weeks as part of the British Council’s Hello Shenzhen project. This is exciting not only because it continues the series of pre-opening events but also […]

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The V&A Shekou Project: highlights from 2016

We’re now well into the Year of the Rooster, so it’s a good time to look back at 2016 and highlight some key moments of an intense year of preparatory work and joint efforts by both Design Society and V&A teams as part of the collaboration between China Merchants Shekou (CMSK) and the V&A. We have worked very hard to achieve some key […]

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Design and Maker Education for Shenzhen’s Children and Young People

Traditional martial arts at Harbour Primary School

Shenzhen is a global manufacturing hub, centre of innovation (digital and product design) and UNESCO City of Design. I wanted to explore how children and young people living in the city learn about and engage in the city’s design culture. Despite the proliferation of design courses at university level in China, art, design and making […]

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