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Design Futurists exhibition (2007)


In February 2007 The Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt reopened its doors after an 18 month $6 million redevelopment by Athfield Architects. The redevelopment was also accompanied by a shift in brand from The Dowse Art Museum to TheNewDowse. To mark the event TheNewDowse opened with an ambitious programme of exhibitions. The VUW School of Design was invited by the then Director Tim Walker to contribute to the opening event with a substantial exhibition of work from their innovative Design Led Futures programme.

Domestic Futurists

New Zealand design students re-imagine our Saturdays.
It’s 2015. You wash the dishes by burying them in the garden. Your clothes are dried by waste water from the apartment upstairs. The kitchen cook top pulls out of the wall like a concertina. These are just some of the mind boggling solutions to everyday household chores from design students in Victoria University’s Design Led Futures programme. Based around a creative team based learning approach, and with funding from design-led New Zealand manufacturer Fisher&Paykel and Methven, design led futures is an inspiring example of New Zealand industry growing young New Zealanders’ creative energy- and directing it into commercially successful business. It is fitting this project sits next to A Human Touch. The Design Led Futures team are DROOG fans. Lecturer Ross Stevens’ well known shipping container house on Wellington’s south coast pays homage to the Netherlands design team.