On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Pinakothek der Moderne, which opened in 2002, Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum presents objects from the last 20 years.
Image. above: Matthew Ashton, Everyone Is Awesome, 2020. Foto: Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Kai Mewes
For each year, there is a representative object that thematises a development that has changed design or serves as a basis for current design movements.
It can be new manufacturing processes such as 3D printing, which has generated new forms. The Solid C2 chair by designer Patrick Jouin is representative of this. It is one of the first fully 3D-printed pieces of furniture. Technical developments such as robotics have also increasingly influenced everyday life over the last two decades. This is represented by the entertainment robot AIBO ERS 210, which imitates a dog and can react to its environment through touch sensors, camera and microphones.
Ecological aspects such as sustainability and fair trade have also become increasingly important in the last two decades. For example, with its Autarchy series, the Formafantasma design studio developed vessels made of biomaterial and agricultural waste. Fairphone, in turn, pays attention to production processes and distribution channels that guarantee fair trade.
Societal and social issues such as inclusion and diversity are also gaining more presence in recent years. This is reflected in the Go FlyEase accessible trainers, which allow hands-free on and off, and the Everybody is awesome Lego set, which represents the LGBTQIA+ community with its different colours.
In some cases, designers have linked technical and social developments. The social robot AV1 Avatar, for example, enables children who cannot go to school for a long time to participate digitally in lessons and social interaction.
All the objects in the exhibition reflect, in a small section, phenomena of the last two decades that find their innovative and relevant creative implementation in design.
Exhibition dates: Thursday 14 July 2022 – Sunday 15 January 2023
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