10 designs from today that predict the future, selected by curators of the V&A’s The Future Starts Here


This article was originally posted in its entirety on dezeen.com by Rima Sabina Aouf.

Ahead of new V&A exhibition The Future Starts Here, the curators pick 10 objects in the show that can help us predict what’s in store in years to come.

The 10 designs make up a handful of the 100 objects included in The Future Starts Here, which will open at London’s V&A museum on 12 May 2018.

The exhibition marks the first time the influential institution has turned its attention to exploring the topic of the future.

The minds behind the exhibition are Rory Hyde, the V&A’s curator of contemporary architecture and urbanism, and Mariana Pestana, an independent curator, architect and co-founder of design studio The Decorators. The two readily admit the future is impossible to foresee with any precision, even for two people who have given it months of thought.

Instead, their exhibition focuses on objects that suggest future technological frontiers, ways of living and public debates, some of them contradictory. The curators found guidance in a quote by cultural theorist Paul Virilio: “The invention of the ship was also the invention of the shipwreck.”

“It means with each new invention, with each technology, with each design idea, comes contained within it good futures and bad futures,” Hyde told Dezeen. “That’s why we have the title The Future Starts Here — we’re looking at beginnings.”

You can view the 10 designs selected by Hyde and Pestana as harbingers of things to come here.