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Value Debates: How Much Access Can Design Create?

This post is part of a series called ‘Value Debates’, which highlight objects from the V&A Collection, some of 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 objects which propose a different way of addressing a certain value, and what […]

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Value Debates: How Small Is Too Small?

This post is part of a series called ‘Value Debates’, which highlight objects from the V&A Collection, some of 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 objects which propose a different way of addressing a certain value, and what […]

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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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Value Debates: Should Objects Last Forever?

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 objects which propose a different way of addressing a certain value, and what that says […]

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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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UAOD Part 6: The Platform / WeChat

* In this blog series, we will be posting 8 short stories displayed in Unidentified Acts of Design,  exploring contemporary production and manufacturing in Shenzhen and the Pearl River Delta. This week we look the team designing one of the fastest growing and most ambitious social media platforms, WeChat. The Platform / WeChat Weixin, known as […]

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UAOD Part 5: The Samplers / Rose Knitting Sample Factory

* In this blog series, we will be posting 8 short stories displayed in Unidentified Acts of Design,  exploring contemporary production and manufacturing in Shenzhen and the Pearl River Delta. This week we look the role of technicians at a knitwear sample factory, who’s task is to translate designs made by clients into manufacturable garments. The Samplers / […]

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