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Brief Published: 22 Jan 2014

In The Making Exhibition at the Design Museum


London-based design duo Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have curated a new exhibition at London’s Design Museum that celebrates the beauty of the unfinished product. In The Making displays more than 20 products found in our everyday lives, captured at varying intervals in manufacture in obscure shapes or forms.

The objects range from items of their own designs, including the London 2012 Olympic torch and a commemorative £2 coin, to more ordinary things, such as a marble, a cricket bat and a drink can. It showcases technology across a range of platforms, including cork punched out of a piece of bark, and an Apple MacBook crafted from a solid block of aluminium.

Each object was chosen for either its unexpected form, or the particularly surprising and interesting production technique it employed. While some pieces are recognisable by their colour, material or form, others aren’t immediately familiar. Detailed production processes for every piece are explained in graphic exhibition tear sheets provided by London-based design studio, Build

Focusing on our continued interest in production processes, our Product Design Industry Trend report Design Democracy: Slow highlights the fascination with exposing manufacturing techniques, and the increasing importance of showing consumers how their products are made. 

In The Making launches today and runs until May 14 2014.