3 December 2012
by Kendall Martin-Robbins
Last Tuesday, the Victoria & Albert Museum launched their new furniture galleries, meanwhile in the Sackler Centre they hosted their first Design Culture Salon. This opening discussion of the 2012-13 Design Culture Salon Series considered the topic 'What can museums do with contemporary design?' The debate was chaired by Guy Juiler, and the panelists included Jan Boelen (Kunstcentrum Z33), Liz Farrelly (University of Brighton), Stephen Feber (social enterprise developer), Jane Pavitt (Royal College of Art) and Louise Shannon (V&A).
The Design Culture Salon series features occasional discussion events at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. It provides a space to discuss specific issues of contemporary design in society and develop new ideas.
Each event features an invited panel, chaired by Guy Julier, University of Brighton Professor of Design Culture at the V&A. Panelists provide brief, personal overviews of the respective event’s theme. This is followed by open discussion.
These salons are supported by the University of Brighton and the Learning Department and Research Department of the V&A.
To read about what was discussed at the first Design Culture Salon, see the blog http://designculturesalon.org/
The next Salon takes place on 29 January, and will ask the question 'Is making back on the agenda?'