As the first temporary exhibit in Barcelona's new Museu del Disseny ("Design Museum"), Design for Life: 99 Projects for the Real World will feature 99 real-life inventions, which are brought together in order to demonstrate the capacity of design to respond to the needs of society and continually improve the way we live.
This exhibit – scheduled to run through Saturday, May 16, 2015 – specifically focuses on product design, not designer products. It's emphasis is on the practical rather than the aesthetic, featuring incredible pieces that range from fire-extinguishing drones to pills containing endoscopic cameras.
The name says it all. With an overarching idea that design can improve lives, Design for Life focuses on specific areas such as communication, education, health, sustainability and safety.
The "Design for Life" exhibit at Museu del Disseny — Photo courtesy of Design Museum
It's said that we live in a world that's shaped largely by human effort, where design is so present that it often becomes invisible until it ceases to work. This exhibit is here to show us that design can actually enable us to solve problems on a continual basis, creating solutions that are able to generate great social impact.
Design for Life: 99 Projects for the Real World is not only about design, but about how that design impacts civilization in the world today. It has a social message as well as a political, creative and environmental one as well.
This exhibit is one of several innovative ones which have sprung up since the opening of the Design Museum earlier this year. Other notable ones worth visiting include Dressing the Body: Silhouettes and Fashion (1550-2015), as well as From the World to the Museum: Product Design, Cultural Heritage.
The Design for Life exhibit will run until Saturday, May 16, 2015. It's being held at the Museu del Disseny in Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, and admission is €4.40 or €3 for reduced admission for specific individuals like seniors and children.
The museum is situated in Barcelona's up-and-coming area in Poble Nou near Glories, a neighborhood which has been dubbed by many as the city's Silicon Valley, as it's ripe with start-ups, accelerators, think-tanks and business incubators. It's an excellent area to visit and get inspired.
And if you're in the mood to shop after your cultural experience, head to Glories' mall, which has a wide variety of stores as well as restaurants.