New Old: Design Museum Exhibition Launch

Martyn White

Posted on January 24 2017

The New Old pop up exhibition at the Design Museum explores the potential for design and designers to enhance the experience of our later lives. 

As a little boy, the idea of being sixteen years old such a difficult thought to process. To be sixteen was so old and it would take me such a long time to get there. At the age of sixteen, I felt so young, my life had barely started and to be thirty was the real old. Now, approaching the age of thirty, I smile because I wonder if I will ever truly feel old. Like "tomorrow" is never "today" is it just a concept, a distance in time far from the present. 

New Old Design Museum pop up exhibitionGuests arrive to the opening of the New Old pop up exhibition at the Design MuseumThe Aura suit on display at the New Old exhibition London

Between 12th January - 19th February, the Design Museum asks these questions and more with a pop-up exhibition called NEW OLD. This exhibition explores the potential for design and designers to enhance the experience of our later lives. As people are living longer, design is playing a key role in how we can lead fuller and healthier lives. With the development in design, the constraints of age are pushed to a distance and with that, the stigma attached to it can become a distant memory too. 

3D chart and colourful graphics showing just how old is an old personHow old is an old person 3D chartNew Old pop up exhibition The Design Museum London

On display are a range of products and designs, all with their unique take on helping to improve life from the Aura suit, designed by Fuseproject to the Scooter for Life by PriestmanGoode. A stand out installation for the exhibition has to be Exchange, conceived by Special Projects. This participatory installation helps people to learn about ageing simply by spending time with an older person. Members of the public are invited to sit at a table to ask one question that comes to mind. In return, the volunteer will also ask a question back, creating a unique experience, breaking down boundaries and connecting generations. 

Special Projects New Old exhibition at the Design Museum New Old aged bottles Design MuseumNew Old Design Museum LondonAge quotes

This exhibition runs for a limited time between 12 January 2017 to 19 February 2017. The Design Museum can get very busy during the weekend so do plan your time wisely to make the most out of your visit. For further details and opening times of NEW OLD, click to view the exhibition page. For information on the Design Museum, click to view the official website.


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