The premise of This New Nostalgia tackles the multiplicities of narratives around objects that have been designed for everyday use by undertaking pertinent research and asking questions about contemporary culture, our individual memories and collective histories.
Housed at the Liberty of Norton Folgate during the London Design Festival,this exhibition explores the emotional in design and stems from our enquiry about what people hold on to, and how the things we collect define our identities, through the meanings we imbue upon them. The objects and stories in this exhibition are key to understanding patterns in consumption, aesthetic inclinations, the power of design as well as the nuances that are encapsulated in seemingly ordinary objects. It also pushes the discourse about the role of the curator, building provenance, future technologies and behavioural shifts that emerge from newer interactions and breaking out of familiarities. Serving as markers of the continuum of experiences and memories, real and constructed - in which events pass from anticipated futures through our present to the past, this collection of designed objects serves as touch points in the narratives of our times.