Exhibitions and Displays
useful + beautiful: contemporary design for the home
Tuesday 29 April - Monday 25 August 2014. Admission £5/£3 concessions.
Installation of useful + beautiful / photography M Williams
This special exhibition showcases 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, is 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 looks further afield and includes 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 is running throughout the show, including talks by the curator and featured designers, a debate on the future of design, workshops and activities for children.
Read the exhibition press release here.
Designers in useful + beautiful
|Assa Ashuach Studio
||Jorre van Ast
||Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec
||Ed Carpenter and Thorsten Van Elten
||Robert van Embricqs
||Form Us With Love
|Piet Hein Eek
||Hunting & Narud
||Utopia & Utility
||Bethan Laura Wood
Exhibition sponsored by
Geffrye 100: a brief history of the museum
Tuesday 1 July - Sunday 11 January 2015. Free.
Archive photograph of two girls sketching in a period room, April 1961 (c) Crown Copyright
This small display charts the changing nature of the almshouses and the museum, highlighting some of the untold stories, unknown people and unseen objects in the Geffrye's history.
Giant Tea Bowls
Throughout the summer in the Geffrye Museum gardens. Free.
An installation of large scale tea bowls planted with tea-themed plants celebrates the history of tea in English homes, and is on display in the Geffrye Museum’s gardens until the end of the summer.
Families at Morningside Children’s Centre in Hackney worked with artists and staff at the Geffrye over a period of four weeks to redecorate a giant sculpture of a tea set. The tea set that inspired this work is displayed in the museum’s 1745 parlour and was recovered from the Ca Mau shipwreck.