In the making – the Design Museum’s new exhibition

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The design duo who created the London 2012 Olympic torch, Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, are curating a new exhibition at London’s Design Museum that celebrates the beauty of the production process.

Opening 22 January and running until 4 May 2014, In the Making will feature over 20 objects all caught mid-manufacture, putting the aesthetic of the unfinished centre stage.

As we know, the aim of the design and manufacturing process is to deliver the final product to the client. The clients, or the public for that matter, rarely get an insight into how these object’s are made and the prototypes that are created before the final design is delivered. However I, for one, find it so fascinating to see how things are produced and the skill and technologies that fashion them into life.

“We have always been fascinated by the making process as it is an integral part of our work. We have curated an exhibition that will provide a platform to capture and reveal a frozen moment in the manufacturing process and unveils an everyday object in its unfinished state. Often the object is as beautiful, if not more so, than the finished product!,” say Barber and Osgerby, founder’s of London design firm BarberOsgerby.

All the objects in the exhibition have been selected by the duo because they each have an unexpected quality about them in those moments, hours or days before they assume their final, recognisable form. These points in the making process capture a peculiar and unconventional slice of time in the production of everyday objects such as tennis balls, banknotes and even diamonds.


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