Very interested to hear from Gemma Curtin about the thinking behind the curation of the collection, how it was structured to be welcoming across generations and structured to highlight the three elements required of a 'design' item,
The collection does have a natural flow which Gemma demonstrated and the ideal way to enter takes one past a Kalashnikov rifle placed next to a wooden support the plywood leg splint designed by Ray and Charles Eames in 1942.
It was clear to me from my (second) visit that there is a fantastic amount of potential to draw people into a dialogue with design that can enrich their involvement with the everyday
Also clear to me was that work is required to be able to communicate the issues and history that the items are able to highlight.
|The mean streets by the Design Museum|
We were again put on the spot to make a small presentation and that and other feedback made clear that I need to add materials information when speaking about particular items also that humour can be used to help the visitors.
The Volunteer co-ordinator had really pulled together a lot to do and her effort and commitment was clear and motivational (as were the refreshments).