In conversation: David Adjaye and Stella McCartney on the future of design
This weekend, London’s Design Museum presents a special #DesignDispatch discussion between two creative greats
London Design Museum’s weekly #DesignDispatches series sees the museum’s chief executive and director Tim Marlow in discussion with leading lights from the intersecting worlds of fashion, design and architecture. In this special edition, which you are able to watch on the museum’s Instagram at 2pm on Saturday 16 May, Marlow moderates the conversation between architect Sir David Adjaye and fashion designer Stella McCartney.
Alongside inspiring insights into the two creative giant’s careers, they discuss the similarities between their respective industries, how sustainability plays a central part in their ethos’, and how technology is influencing both worlds. They also speak to the very prescient matter of how the architecture and fashion communities will respond to the Covid-19 world.
‘It’s the first time in history that we’re going be able to have geography lessons on this impact. And understand what the true impact is of the human on the planet and its resources,’ says McCartney during the discussion, of the pandemic.
The pairing of the two speakers is a clever one; it speaks to the intersection of their respective industries. ‘Exploring the interconnected nature of various areas of design as well as their differences is something that fascinates me, explains Marlow. ‘So the chance to bring Stella and David together and listen to their ensuing conversation was inspiring and revelatory. It reinforces the idea that design in its broadest and richest sense holds the key to so much of our collective future.’
The talk forms part of a lively digital programme from the Design Museum, which also features a design-minded home schooling course. Stella McCartney, too, is presenting collaborative work on its Instagram, where creatives from across the ‘StellaVision’ network come together to share the ways to thrive and survive in this new reality. §