2016 is the ninth year in which the Designers in Residence programme has been running and celebrates new and emerging designers of the future at the early stages of their career. 

With former participants including: Asif Khan, Giles Miller, Bethan Laura Wood, Yuri Suzuki and Sarah van Gameren, Designers in Residence is a real opportunity for emerging designers to react to the world around them, creating a piece of work that reflects the current state of the world.

This year’s participants will be responding to the theme of ‘open’. The work that each of the designers will create will then be on display in a dedicated Designers in Residence Studio at the Design Museum when it opens in its new Kensington home on 24th November 2016.

The 2016 Designers in Residence are: Alix Bizet, Clementine Blakemore, Andrea de Chirico and Rain Wu.

Alix Bizet’s practise combines theory with philosophy with a strong interest in human behaviour and the environment. Her experimental approach to materials and techniques creates work which explores anthropology, identity and fashion through which she challenges convention and taboos whilst celebrating diversity.

Meanwhile, London-based architectural designer Clementine Blakemore is fascinated with the relationship between design, production and place. She has previously worked for David Chipperfield Architects, and is currently working for Duggan Morris Architects.

Andrea de Chirico role as a designer is interdisciplinary, working across the fields of product, graphics, interaction and system design. He specialises in creating new production scenarios for everyday objects.

Rain Wu is a Taiwanese-born, London-based architect, working across the fields of art and design with specific interests in material development, speculative narratives and interactive spatial experiences. For the residency, she is interested in finding new ways to engage audiences and reimagine the exhibition format, she uses food as a storytelling device considering the connections to relationships and experiences.

The Designers in Residence programme offers new designers to consider different ways in which to approach their practise by providing time and space to explore the ways in which they can research and approach their work.

Designers in Residence 2016 will open at the new Design Museum in November. For more information on those taking part and the display visit: https://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/designers-in-residence-2016-open

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