Design Transfigured/Waste Reimagined

Georgetown University Art Galleries, Washington, D.C.
October 3 – December 15, 2019

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona
February 1 – May, 24, 2020

As the state of our environment is one of the most urgent issues we face, in fall 2019 the gallery will present Design Transfigured/Waste Reimagined, the first exhibition to recognize designers’ bold and inventive responses to the current state of our natural environment in designs that re-imagine discarded materials and waste into handsome and useful products. There are many examples of designers’ inventive up-cycling, as they turn mundane cast-off plastic containers into useful products. Design Transfigured/Waste Reimagined, however, recognizes a more extreme and inventive kind of thinking. In a religious context, transfiguration is “a complete change of form or appearance into a more beautiful or spiritual state.” Similarly, these 30 inventor/designers from across the globe are effecting more radical transformations. From building materials to home furnishings and fashion accessories, these newly developed designs can seamlessly fit into our lives. Some works are prototypes and proposals; others are in production and ready for the marketplace; all point us toward approaches to design that recognize and address the state of our environment. 

Kosuke Araki, Japan; Bentu, China; Oksana Bondar, United Kingdom; Dutch Invertuals, Netherlands; Edhv, Architects of identity, Netherlands; Simón Ballen Botero, Colombia/Netherlands; Jesper Eriksson, United Kingdom; Liselore Frowijn, Netherlands/Carmen Hijosa, Spain/United Kingdom; Fransje Gimbrère, Netherlands; Kodai Iwamoto, Japan; Charlotte Kidger, United Kingdom; Sinae Kim, Korea; Fernando Laposse, Mexico/United Kingdom; Majstudio, Netherlands; Malai, India; Christien Meindertsma, Netherlands; Kirstie van Noort, Netherlands; Sophie Rowley, Germany; James Shaw, United Kingdom; The Shellworks, United Kingdom; Laura Strambi, Italy; Studio Agne, Netherlands; Studio Formafantasma, Italy/Netherlands; Studio Nienke Hoogvliet, Netherlands; Studio Roosegaarde, Netherlands; Studio Swine, United Kingdom; Studio ThusThat, United Kingdom; Universidad del Istmo, Guatemala; Vij5/Studio/Mieke Meijer/Floris Hovers/Studio rENs, Netherlands; Dirk Vander Kooij, Netherlands

Exhibition design by Dutch Invertuals, Eindhoven, Netherlands


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