The New Millennium: Themes in Contemporary Design 2000-Present

27 Nov 2017 – 7 Dec 2017

Event times

10.30 – 13.00

Cost of entry

£399 full price, £359 over 60s, £325 concessions per course
(concessions are available for ES40 holders and registered disabled people)

England, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • C1,14,74,414
  • South Kensington

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Explore the full story of art across the globe and the challenges to the narrative in objects. Discover how contemporary practice has transformed the boundaries between art and design.


The new millennium has witnessed the production of an extraordinary diversity of design objects, not only visually and conceptually, but also in terms of materials and techniques. The V&A collections provide the starting point for investigating themes in contemporary design, from the focus on the handmade to the use of 3D printing, from preoccupation with function and sustainability, to enthusiasm for ornament and historical reference. These varied developments will be discussed within a global context and against the wider social and cultural background. The use of narrative in objects, which challenges the boundaries between art and design, will be a particular focus of this exploration of contemporary practice.


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