useful + beautiful: contemporary design for the home

This special exhibition showcases a selection of cutting edge design for the home by both well-established industry figures and emerging talent. A broad range of domestic products, from furniture to wallpaper and textiles, lighting to technology, is on show, spilling out into the museum’s gardens with a display of innovative garden furniture design. As well as highlighting local design from Hackney and London, the show looks further afield and includes work by leading national and international designers.

The Geffrye Museum has a strong track record in spotting and showcasing the most exciting makers and domestic style trends today. The exhibition coincides with the museum’s centenary year and celebrates one of its original purposes - to inspire the local furniture-making industry. 

A programme of events highlighting contemporary domestic design is running throughout the show, including talks by the curator and featured designers, a debate on the future of design, workshops and activities for children.

The Geffrye is located in Shoreditch just minutes from the City of London. It is easily reached by public transport. The nearest stations are Hoxton and Old Street. 

Admission to the museum including the eleven period rooms and herb and period gardens is free. 

We'll buy tickets on the day of the visit.

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  • Pash

    Getting inspired from non-fashion is better than just fashion itself! This was the meetup to be for budding fashion designers and stylists to expand their creative thoughts. To those who couldn't make it need to open their creative intake from exhibitions like this...:)

    August 28

  • Ramona

    Such an inspiring and fascinating exhibition in a great venue. And so many designs that you can touch and sit on, made the whole visit even more fun.

    June 29

  • cgrandeur

    Hey, would you mind sending your number through once more, I'm inside? :)

    June 29

    • cgrandeur

      Hi Ramona, i managed to miss you guys some how. Thanks for the heads up. It was a great exhibition! I hope to meet you guys at the next get together x

      1 · June 29

    • Ramona

      Sorry we missed you. Glad you enjoyed it :-) See you next time.

      June 29

  • cgrandeur

    Hi guys, which building is it next to?

    June 29

    • Ramona

      Hiya, you can't miss it. It's the big period building with the front garden. We've just now entered the exhibition space.

      June 29

  • Ramona

    We're sitting on a bench outside the entrance. I'm the one wearing mint green trousers and a straw hat.

    June 29

    • Zenita S.

      Sorry I would be able to make it today. See you at the next event

      June 29

  • Ramona

    Just to clarify, general entry to the museum is free but entry to the exhibition is £5.

    June 29

  • Ramona

    I have just emailed you all with the meeting details and my contact number. We'll be meeting by 12 noon at the ticket office of the museum.
    If the weather holds, they have a nice garden, where we can catch-up afterwards and chill :-)

    June 27

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