Design Museum calls on public to create new piece of furniture for summer exhibition

By Ben Miller | 19 March 2013

When it opens in July, the Design Museum's exhibition, The Future is Here, will speculate on a future where individuals become mass designers.

A photo of a range of contemporary furniture including red chair, grey sofa and rug
The exhibition is informed by Karl Marx's belief that those who control production will seize creative power, and curators are looking for a member of the public to create an entirely new piece of furniture for the show.

Given an open brief to develop their design by the time the display opens, the winning “product” will be prototyped and made ready for the market.

“I am looking forward to seeing how the final design develops,” says Alex Newson, the curator whose inbox should make interesting reading for the next few weeks.

“Crowd-sourcing has the potential to create the most collaborative products ever made.

“Giving online communities a role in the design process is still a relatively new approach to manufacturing.

“There is something very experimental about a process that brings together opinions from a huge number of people from all over the world.”

Chloe Macintosh, of collaborators, says the competition takes their ethos of customer-influenced designs “to a new level”.

“It gives designers the opportunity for their designs to be put into production and receive royalties,” she adds.

“They’ll also see their product on display in such a prestigious environment.”

  • Deadline for entries is April 8 2013. Visit for full details. The Future is Here: A New Industrial Revolution runs from July 24 – November 3.
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