Skip to main content


New Old: Designing for Our Future Selves

The Institute visited the NEW OLD exhibition on 3rd February.  The pop-up exhibition, taking place in the Helene and Johannes Huth Gallery of the Design Museum, explores the potential for design and designers to enhance the experience of later life in the future.

As our population ages rapidly, the exhibition looks at how design can help people lead fuller, healthier and more rewarding lives into old age, asking the question: how can designers meet the challenge of a rapidly ageing society? From robotic clothing to driverless cars, this exhibition rethinks design approaches to ageing.

Curated by Jeremy Myerson, Helen Hamlyn Professor of Design at the Royal College of Art and Honorary Fellow at the Oxford institute of Population Ageing, the exhibition is organised into six sections - Ageing, Identity, Home, Community, Working and Mobility.

Each section features a special design commission by a leading designer or design team, creating new solutions for demographic change as well as addressing the challenges of ages.

The New Old exhibition features evidence from the Government Office of Science’s Foresight Future of an Ageing Population project, chaired by Professor Sarah Harper.


 More information: New Old: Designing for Our Future Selves