Plug-in-to-the-future: Changing approaches to design

When & Where

9 November 2018 – 1 March 2019

8 Fitzroy Street
London W1T 4BJ

The rapid development of digital technologies has led to emerging design initiatives that challenge established fabrication techniques. A selection of works that demonstrate the impact of digital technology on design have been brought together in this exhibition, ranging from the fields of architecture and engineering to interior design, fashion and art.

The exhibition

The exhibition showcases relatively early examples of generative design and bubble matrix geometries from 2008, used both for design of the Beijing National Aquatics Center and artist Antony Gormley’s Dublin Project Model 2. Lana Dumitru and Vlad Tenu’s Swarovski crystal dress foræva (2017) and Nervous System’s running shoes with 3D printed midsoles (2015) demonstrate processes usually associated with engineering.

Alternative materials and plug-in-systems are explored by Beat Karrer and Stefan Borselius in their biocomposite and felt space dividers, and by Manuel Kretzer in his cardboard Chick ‘n’ Egg Chair. These and other works in the exhibition demonstrate the sharing of information and convergence of design processes across disciplines. 

Architectural elements / space divider, 2012, Studio Beat Karrer GmbH, © FluidSolids Ltd

About Phase 2

Phase 2 is a programme of exhibitions and events at Arup that explores the intersection between art, design and engineering.