Please note that: Designers in residence is only open to designers who live, and are eligible to work, in the UK!
Design Museum's Designers in residence pogramme is only open to designers who have graduated from higher education within the last 5 years and have been working professionally, either paid, or voluntarily in some form of design practice for at least one year. Applications must be in response to the brief and feature new work or the development of an existing project. The museum will select a short list of between six and eight designers who will be invited for interview at the Design Museum in March (exact date tbc.) Those shortlisted applicants invited for interview will be contacted by email or phone.
Celebrating new and emerging design talent, the Design Museum’s annual Designers in Residence programme supports UK-residing designers at an early stage in their career. This year the Design Museum opens the doors to its new home in Kensington. The Designers in Residence of 2016 will join the museum on this journey. Through a focussed and rigorous proposal, the museum asks for designers to submit creative responses to this year’s theme OPEN. The spirit of open design offers new and exciting ways to shape and experience the world around us. Through hacking, co-creation, downloadable designs, and sharing of knowledge, more people than ever can take on the role of the designer. Moreover, designers themselves have learnt to adapt becoming more outward-looking, opening the discipline to a world beyond objects that include services, environments and emerging technologies. Open suggests a willingness to test new methods of working and seek new interactions. See the 2016 program here.
Designers in residence is a residency resulting in a annual exhibition that forms part of the London Design Festival. A group of talented new product and furniture designers, all of whom have graduated within the last five years, are invited to transform an area of the Design Museum. This residency is an exciting opportunity to be one of the first designers to have your work showcased in the new Design Museum opening in Kensington late 2016.