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

Sir John Soane’s Museum and Luke Irwin present 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 reflects 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. 

  • Tuesday 4 October - Cornelia Parker
  • Monday 17 October - Sophie Hicks
  • Monday 31 October - Martin Brudnizki 
  • Monday 14 November - Stephen Jones

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

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the planned talk with designer Yinka Ilori on 20 September will no longer go ahead. Our apologies for any inconvenience.

Find out more about our speakers below and book your tickets.
 

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

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