Waste Age Exhibition at The Design Museum London

  • Vincent Herbet
  • Jonas Zieher

We’re used to defining eras with the shorthand of a single material or technology: after the Stone Age, the Iron Age, the Bronze Age, the Steam Age, the Atomic Age, and the Information Age, London's Design Museum offered one way to describe the present. From October 2021 until February 2022, the museum hosted Waste Age: What Can Design Do?. The exhibition put our relationship with waste into the spotlight, first drawing attention to the role it performs in the economic systems destroying the planet, before highlighting the work of a new generation of visionary designers who are reimagining our ways of living. In the words of curator Gemma Curtin, ‘this is not just an exhibition, it is a campaign’.