Design highlights

Get inspired by the innovative design taking place across the Festival. From spacesuits to clothing as a political choice, dive in to our talks, workshops and exhibits on design.

All Ages
Zone

Design Zone

Head to the Design Zone to see everything from robots and 4D printing through to conscious fashion and behaviour changing rituals.

Adults
Talk

A tailored approach to a new spacesuit

As we expand our exploration of space and prepare for journeys to Mars, find out how designers are tailoring the experience and bringing earthly comforts to space-travellers’ clothing.

Age 12+
Exhibition

RCA Show Kensington

See ground-breaking new inventions and inspirational artwork at the Royal College of Art’s Annual Show. This is a great opportunity to meet the artists and designers of the future, as well as see their creations.

All Ages
Tour

At the Design Museum: Free building tour

Discover the fascinating history of the Design Museum’s building in this free 20-minute tour.

Family
Workshop

Architectural discovery with the RIBA

Join the V&A and the RIBA for a day of creative 2D and 3D drawing activities exploring the cities of the future.

Adults
Talk

Mars: Should we stay or should we go?

Join Design Museum Chief Curator, Justin McGuirk, and Earth and Planetary Scientist Professor Sanjeev Gupta for a discussion about starting life on another planet.

Family
Demonstration

Meet the designers! Matteo Menapace

Families will have a chance to meet designer Matteo Menapace working at the V&A, visit his studio and find out about his work.

Family
Demonstration

Meet the designers! Bridget Harvey

Families will have a chance to meet maker and activist Bridget Harvey working at the V&A, visit her studio and find out about her work.

All Ages
Demonstration

Open studios: Sam Bakewell

Meet the V&A's current ceramic artist in residence, Sam Bakewell, in his studio in the heart of the V&A's ceramic galleries. Explore his work and hear about his time at the museum.

All Ages
Demonstration

Open studios: Bridget Harvey - fashioned from nature

Meet the V&A’s resident designer Bridget Harvey and learn more about her practice and views on clothing as political choice and empowerment.

Age 12+
Tour

Designing the V&A tour

Trace the history of the V&A through the visionary architects, designers, artists and museum directors who have created one of the best loved museum buildings in the world.

Adults
Talk

Creativity and AI

Hear about how development in artificial intelligence might aid creativity and innovation for designers and engineers.