TIME MACHINES | DANIEL WEIL AND THE ART OF DESIGN

Design Museum hosts in London “Time Machines”, an exhibition devoted to Daniel Weil’s work that spans his thirty years at the forefront of design practice.
The first museum exhibition devoted to Daniel Weil’s work spans his thirty years at the forefront of design practice – from young Royal College of Art student, newly arrived from Argentina, to longstanding Partner at Pentagram who has taught and inspired the next generation.

DW-DM © Daniel Weil
DW-DM © Daniel Weil

Witty and thought-provoking, “Time Machines: Daniel Weil and the Art of Design” features a series of specially created pieces, as well opening up Weil’s sketchbooks and personal archive for the first time. The exhibition includes some of his earliest work, such as 1981’s influential Bag Radio, as well as commissions for Swatch, United Airlines, Krug, Mothercare and the Pet Shop Boys.

Small Door radio © Daniel Weil
Small Door radio © Daniel Weil

Clocks, cutlery, a chess set – nearly all of Weil’s designs evolve from simple pencil drawings in one of the hundreds of identical hardback sketchbooks that he has always used as the starting point for designing. On display for the first time, these sketchbooks are shown alongside the mass of ephemera that activates his imagination.

Architect clock © Daniel Weil
Architect clock © Daniel Weil

 

Swatch Irony © Daniel Weil
Swatch Irony © Daniel Weil

This exhibition focuses on the process of design, and how designers think and work. It explores how Weil interprets sources, chooses projects, uses colour and creates form. A longstanding Partner at Pentagram, former RCA Professor of Industrial Design and Memphis participant, Weil presents his experience and philosophy of design practice as a manifesto of ‘actions for designers’.

Top World Chess Chess set white © Daniel Weil. Above, left 100 Objects Clock series one © Daniel Weil. Right Adante Clock © Daniel Weil
Top World Chess Chess set white © Daniel Weil. Above, left 100 Objects Clock series one © Daniel Weil. Right Adante Clock © Daniel Weil

See the exhibition details here.