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Waste-Age: What can design do?

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We all know waste is a big problem. So how are we going to fix it? Join us for a visit to the Design Museum to find out…


A new generation of designers is rethinking our relationship to everyday things. From fashion to food, electronics to construction, even packaging - finding the lost value in our trash and imagining a future of clean materials and a circular economy could point the way out of the Waste Age.

Of particular interest to interior designers will be the innovations in turning waste products into materials for furniture and textiles.

The BIID have booked a group visit to the exhibition on the 16th of February 2022 from 10am, please join us for a self-guided tour of this exciting new exhibition. Afterwards, take the time to visit the Design Museum’s free permanent display, filled to the brim with classic and cutting-edge design ideas and innovations.


Explore major new exhibits that capture the devastating impact of waste including a large-scale art installation by Ibrahim Mahama made from e-waste in Ghana.

The exhibition showcases some of the visionary designers who are reinventing our relationship with waste, including Formafantasma, Stella McCartney, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Lacaton & Vassal, Fernando Laposse, Bethany Williams, Phoebe English and Natsai Audrey Chieza.

'We must face the problem of waste – we can no longer ignore what happens to things when we get rid of them. Instead of thinking of objects as things that have an end life, they can have many lives. This is not just an exhibition it is a campaign, and we all have an active part in our future.' Gemma Curtin, Curator.


Tickets are available for all members and supporters. Guests are allowed to book up to 2 tickets and can bring a paying non-member guest.

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This will be a self-directed visit to the exhibition, not a guided tour. Please arrive 10 minutes before the beginning of the event to register your attendance with the BIID staff member who will escort you through the entrance.

If this event is fully booked, please join the waiting list. If you are no longer able to attend, please inform the office so that we can give your spot to someone else.

The advertised price does not include VAT.

If you have any queries, please email the office at or call 020 7628 0255.

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