The Design Museum will showcase the next generation of design stars in Design Mart, an annual survey of emerging designers.
As part of the Design Museum's commitment to nurturing design talent, the exhibition will open during the London Design Festival, enabling the designers to showcase their work to industry and the media during a period in which the design world descends on London.
Among the designers who will participate in Design Mart 2006 are Viable, a London-based collective of lighting and product designers, the design partnership &made whose Climatised Objects address issues of world climate change and natural disaster, and Max Lamb whose seating designs are industrial and Meccano-esque in feel.
Recently graduated product designer Nadine Jarvis will exhibit her poetic cremation urns and bird feeders, designed for scattering ashes, and addressing issues of death. Philip Worthington, working with sophisticated light projection and computer technology, will offer visitors interactive and surreal "living" Shadow Monsters.
In contrast to the decorative and ethereal of previous years, Design Mart 2006 flirts with danger, highlighting the new geometry in design â€“ the current hard edged approach to technology, form and content, and a contemporary understanding of the forces shaping the world around us.
During the London Design Festival the Design Museum will also unveil a site specific installation in the Atrium from rising lighting designer Stuart Haygarth, specially commissioned with generous support from the Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers.