London's Design Museum has announced the recipients of its 2015 Designers in Residence program. Now in its eighth year, the initiative provides young practitioners with the means to explore and develop their work in fertile surroundings, with the support of the estimable institution.
‘This year's Designers in Residence programme invites four designers to respond to the theme of 'migration', explains the Design Museum's director, Deyan Sudjic. 'It can be a reflection of objects or processes that imply movement, or transition, of shifting and cross-fertilising cultures, or of mobility.’
This year's residents have embraced the theme via an impressively diverse range of approaches: Chris Green is an architectural designer whose work explores 'the potential for drones as a living layer of urban infrastructure' and the ways in which integrated automatons may change the face of our future urban hubs; product designer Stephanie Hornig will question conventional understandings of home and furniture, creating objects that are adaptable to the differing life contexts of their owners; Hefin Jones is a socially-minded interdisciplinary designer focussing on former mining communities and the ways design might repurpose Welsh culture in the context of future space travel; and Alexa Pollmann, a Design Interactions MA with substantial fashion experience, imagines new national customs and costumes in line with fresh conceptions of democracy and non-territorial society, as part of a design-fiction 'Indivicracy'.
All of the selected residents will receive bursaries, commissioning budgets and the production costs necessary to fulfilling their concepts. The programme itinerary itself will also comprise a series of events, talks and opportunities for the designers to engage with the public on their projects.