– 22.09.2009 ~ 08.10.2009
– Locations: Korean Cultural Centre U.K. in London, Tent London, D+Gallery Seoul and Incheon International Airport Design Cube
– Co-curator: Daniel Charny (Senior Tutor of RCA)
– Organised by Korea Design Foundation and Korean Cultural Centre UK
– Participating designers : F.A.S.T.( Jong-hoon KUK, Zinoo PARK, Pooroni RHEE, Esther LEE, IJEA, Ji-han JEON), Jang-sub LEE, MAEZM, Min OH, Ming-sang CHO, Soo-jin HYUN, Household, Company, Jordi Canudas, The Mobile Workshop Group, Olivia Decaris, Nicolaas Rysenbry and Basurama
The exhibition designMADE2009 “Sharing by Design” is held in various locations simultaneously including the Korean Cultural Centre U.K. in London, Tent London, D+Gallery Seoul and Incheon International Airport Design Cube. For the exhibition,13 design teams(or designers) were selected in total among which 6 teams are Korean and 7 are international teams.
designMADE(Manifesto for Annual Design Exhibition)has made a statement of exhibiting new designs which differs from the existing passive exhibition culture. It has begun in 2005 and this year is designMADE’s 5th anniversary. Following the former exhibitions ‘Design Inside Festival of Design to see, hear and play'(2005), ‘On-Line(2006)’, ‘It’s Hotel(2007)’, ‘Saving by Design(2008)’, this year’s theme of ‘Sharing by Design’ will interpret the ordinary things we share in daily life as well as search for new ways to share which might not be familiar in the present.
Design that we share with ‘my perfect neighbours’
The exhibition starts with an unexpected story which happened to my special neighbours who have managed to transcend time and space. The participant artists have imaginary professions and they propose ways to share with the neighbours. Neighbour would certainly mean the people next door but also my closest family and friends including the plant on the desk that I water daily or the chair I sit on every day. The paradox in the title ‘My perfect neighbours’ shows the unfamiliarity in its closeness thus the exhibition experiments on communication between the close but far neighbours. This trial is to search for the solution that design can offer for our problems of ‘relation’.