Ahead of the London Design Museum's public opening at its new Kensington location this Thursday (November 24), Stylus' Consumer Lifestyle team visited Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World – its first exhibition. The showcase of 11 installations explores how design is deeply connected not just to commerce and culture, but also underlying lifestyle shifts. Highlights include:
- Intimate Strangers: Based in New York and Madrid, architect Andrés Jaque explores how network culture is defining new forms of behaviour and interaction. Focusing on dating apps, Jaque's audio-visual installation Intimate Strangers presents a series of tales about how the pursuit of sex and love through social media is challenging the way we view the city, our bodies and our identity. See Modern Dating for more on evolving consumer approaches to networking love, sex and relationships online.
- City of Nomads: Hong Kong research and design collaborative Rural Urban Framework explores how the nomads of Mongolia are adapting to urban life, giving up on traditional freedoms for the difficult conditions of unplanned settlements. Their installation, City of Nomads, is a structure that examines how to adapt the traditional ger (yurt) for a more communal life. For more on how designers are shifting their strategies to suit densifying city centres, tightly packed living arrangements and the need for community spaces, see LDF 2016: Lifestyle Trends.
- Room Tone: UK-based fashion designer Hussein Chalayan has produced a series of wearables that detect emotions and project them for the outside world to see. The installation addresses the idea of repressed emotions, exploring the everyday anxieties connected to city living – from fear of terrorism to sexual desire. Explore the concept of "liquid fear" (a feeling of anxiety that has only vague contours, but is acutely present everywhere, according to Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman) along with strategies for brand reactions to the trend in Consumer in Chaos.