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Design can be found in everything we touch, see and hear.

In the autumn of 2022, Sir John Soane’s Museum and Luke Irwin presented a third season of By Design, a public talk series in which leading designers discuss their practice, through the lens of a single object.

By Design invites internationally renowned designers to discuss their practice through a single object from Sir John Soane’s own extraordinary collection. Co-hosted by Will Gompertz, the Barbican Centre's Artistic Director, and Alice Rawsthorn, award-winning design critic and author, the series reflected on the power of objects – large or small, mundane or exceptional, aesthetic or utilitarian – to spark new ideas and act as a spur for different forms of creativity.

Speakers for our first two seasons were: Martino Gamper; David Adjaye; Es Devlin; Edmund de Waal; Olga Polizzi; Peter Saville; Ilse Crawford; Amanda Levete; Erdem Moralıoğlu; and Phyllida Barlow

Explore the speakers for the 2022 series below, and click through to listen back to their talks.

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Catch up on talks from previous seasons

Watch and listen to videos and podcasts of talks from the first two seasons of By Design.

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