The new Cube Museum in Kerkrade, Netherlands, opens its doors this month to the public with a collaborative exhibition curated by six of the world’s top design authorities, including South Africa’s very own Design Indaba. The Designing the World exhibition charts the most socially significant design creations worldwide, which are all focused on people-driven design solutions with a lasting, real-world social impact.
Designing the World will open at the Cube Museum on 24 October 2015, and sees Design Indaba joining forces with Cooper Hewitt New York, Powerhouse Australia, Mind Museum Manila, Design Museum Taiwan and Design Museum London. Each museum has selected 10 designs that are deemed representative of the innovation on its home continent.
The exhibition is divided into five themes (Food & Drink, Physical Health, Mental Health, Protection and Security), each of which are placed in their own physical “island”. This division into sections by theme will allow visitors to truly experience the differences and, more importantly, the similarities in universal human needs and the design solutions that have been created to address them by various artists from across the globe.
The African design objects in the exhibition include The Hippo Water Roller, Street Sleeper, Moladi’s Plastic Formwork System and the Freeplay Fetal Heart Rate Monitor (all from South Africa), the Mwangabora lamp and M-pesa mobile payment app (from Kenya), the M-pedigree Goldkeys mobile app (from Ghana) and Shine Shine and Sawa shoes (from South Africa and Ethiopia), among others.
The exhibition will be running at Cube Museum, Kerkrade from 24 October 2015 until 25 September 2016.