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Future Exhibitions and Displays

useful + beautiful: contemporary design for the home

Tuesday 29 April - Monday 25 August 2014. Admission £5/£3 concessions.

Capo chair by Doshi Levien at the useful + beautiful exhibition at the Geffrye Museum 

Capo chair by Doshi Levien

This special exhibition will showcase a selection of cutting edge design for the home by both well-established industry figures and emerging talent. A broad range of domestic products, from furniture to wallpaper and textiles, lighting to technology, will be on show, spilling out into the museum’s gardens with a display of innovative garden furniture design. As well as highlighting local design from Hackney and London, the show will look further afield and include work by leading national and international designers.

The Geffrye Museum has a strong track record in spotting and showcasing the most exciting makers and domestic style trends today. The exhibition coincides with the museum’s centenary year and celebrates one of its original purposes - to inspire the local furniture-making industry. 

A programme of events highlighting contemporary domestic design will run throughout the show, including talks by the curator and featured designers, a debate on the future of design, workshops and activities for children.

Access the exhibition press release here.

Exhibition sponsored by

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Ceramics in the City: A three-day selling fair featuring 50 potters

Friday 19 - Sunday 21 September 2014. Free.

Ceramics in the City visitors

Ceramics in the City returns to the Geffrye with an exciting range of work by around 50 selected ceramicists, a mix of both leading names and rising talents. An array of styles, techniques, colour and texture will be shown in domestic objects ranging from functional tableware to purely aesthetic or quirky one-off pieces. Throughout the event, visitors will have the opportunity to browse, buy, talk to the ceramicists and watch free demonstrations. An open evening will be held on Thursday 18 September and craft activities for children will be run on Saturday and Sunday.

Ceramicists who are interested in applying to this year's fair can download an application form here.

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