11 December 2018


Social Design

Museum für Gestaltung Zürich

– 3 February 2019



The term social design is a response by designers all over the world to the increasing challenges presented by the unchecked global growth economy for the scope of design of social coexistence. Since the early 1970s, the general trend in design for focussing on products for a small, wealthy class whose consumption of resources is destroying the basis of life in other parts of the world has been continually criticised.


For its exhibition “Social Design”, the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich showcases selected projects dedicated to tackling the noticeable global effects of this development. Using the example of the Flying8 loom developed by Andreas Möller, the exhibition demonstrates the contribution to the democratisation of the means of production that designers can make. Thanks to low acquisition costs and easy operation, the loom can support business start-ups and is already being used in development programmes on several continents. The accompanying loom weaving workshop underlines the exhibition’s desire to encourage visitors to actively participate.

If you want to find out how the production of sustainable energy can be implemented as a driving force for socialisation, turn to the example of the Berlin-based company Solarkiosk AG. Their solar-powered kiosk isn’t just a place for social gatherings, it also supplies energy that can be used for economic development. “Design always stands in a social context,” says curator Angeli Sachs. The exhibition hopes to make a long overdue contribution to the role that design can play in shaping society. Visitors can explore all 27 projects in Zurich until 3 February 2019.


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