Applications are now open for Designers in Residence 2018, an annual programme that promotes emerging design talent. Each year four designers are given a unique opportunity to develop a new body of work in response to a theme set by the Design Museum. The residents are given access to a dedicated design studio on the top floor of the museum to develop and exhibit their work, and provided with a bursary and production budget to realise their projects.
For Designers in Residence 2018 the Design Museum invites designers and architects to respond to the theme of DWELLING. Conventionally, a dwelling refers to the place in which we live and sleep; it describes our homes. However, a dwelling doesn’t have to be a house. In wider terms dwelling describes a way of being and behaving that can relate to any place. It can be applied to how we behave in public and social situations, or the way in which we co-exist in cities. It is a series of rites and rituals that define our relationships and the interactions we have with each other.
The Designers in Residence programme provides young designers with time and space to research and consider new ways of developing their work. Residents discuss their projects with established practitioners, industry experts and residency alumni, as well as with the Design Museum’s legal, commercial, learning, development, and curatorial teams. Each resident is offered a bursary, commissioning budget and the production costs required to realise their new commission. The programme includes a series of events and talks, offering the designers the opportunity to interact and engage with the public, whilst using this platform as a test-bed for ideas, designs and innovations.
The studio is managed in a way to ensure it is a productive space for people to work, however there are also regular ‘open studio’ sessions, where visitors are encouraged to directly engage with the residents and their projects.