Design from home

While events and exhibitions have been temporarily taken off the agenda, several public institutions have adapted to these extraordinary circumstantial changes to bring the brilliance of creativity and design to us in our homes.

Championing innovative, twenty-first-century technology, social media platforms and websites have been transformed into hubs for interactive learning and insight. 

Helping to keep stave off cabin fever, generate connections and inspire momentary escapism, we've picked some of our favourites... 

Virtual Design Festival | Dezeen

Conceived as the world's first online architecture and design festival, the Virtual Design Festival will run from 15 April until 30 June and include contributions from designers, festivals, institutions and brands around the world.

It will be a platform that will bring the architecture and design world together to celebrate the culture and commerce of our industry, and explore how it can adapt and respond to extraordinary circumstances.

Among the Trees | Hayward Gallery

Hayward Gallery Director, Ralph Rugoff, leads a virtual tour of ‘Among the Trees’, an exhibition at Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, exploring artists relationships with trees and forests over the past 50 years. 

He takes a look at two pieces in particular – Eva Jospin’s Forêt Palatine (2019–20), and Tree of 12 Metres (1980-82), by Giuseppe Penone – and considers the ways in which human culture and ‘tree culture’ are deeply entwined. 

Tomorrow Channel | Tom Dixon

After closing his shops and offices in London, LA and New York, Tom Dixon launched his own series of transmissions to help keep boredom at bay, inspire creativity, share ideas and stay connected throughout the lockdown period.

From talks about how gardening can save the world, to behind-the-scenes making videos and craft projects using household objects, every day brings a new topic and an insight into the world of the British designer.

Daily transmissions (Monday-Friday at 3pm) are available on Tom Dixon social media channels and his microsite.

Art Is Where The Home Is | First Site

Art is where the home is’ is comprised of free, downloadable activity packs created with high-profile artists including Grayson Perry, Jeremy Deller, Mark Wallinger and Antony Gormley.

Creative tasks range from timely and poignant to barmy with something to suit every age and attention span – think creating your own family album cover, paper sculpture making and penning a poem in praise of toilet roll.

A changing roster of artists will create new packs each week.

Design Dispatches | The Design Museum

Join The Design Museum’s Chief Executive and Director, Tim Marlow in conversation with  a wide  spectrum of brilliant designers and architects.

Every Saturday, #DesignDispatches offers up a snapshot into the lives and work of familiar faces from the world of  design, fashion and  architecture available on IGTV.