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    Of all the designers involved in this year’s Design Museum Designers In Residence, Ilona Gaynor is arguably the most complex to engage with. Her work is often defined and described by what it isn’t rather than what it is, and she herself told us in an interview that she hoped visitors wouldn’t be disappointed “about not seeing a chair on a plinth” when they went to the show.

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    It seems fitting that the Design Museum’s Designers In Residence show has opened just days before London Design Festival kicks off. LDF is often derided – unfairly but loudly – as a celebration of design vacuousness, of shinier shelves and more ergonomic chairs. This year’s DiR exhibition is a celebration of design’s power, an exploration of how it can improve some of society’s fundamental building blocks – housing, play, money and the law.

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    Next week one of the UK’s major exhibitions of young creative talent opens at London’s Design Museum. Designers in Residence selects four emerging design stars and works with them over a period of several months to explore a certain theme, which this year is the overused but often misunderstood idea of disruption.

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    We announced back in January that we are proud to be partnering with the Design Museum for its annual Designers in Residence programme. Now in its seventh year, the initiative showcases the work of four new and emerging designers and the theme set this year was disruption. Applicants have now been whittled down to the final four and it gives us great pleasure to exclusively introduce the Designers in Residence 2014, four eclectic creatives sure to each bring something very different to this year’s exhibition which opens on 10 September.

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    One of the UK’s most important competitions for young designers is now open for applications – and entrants are being challenged to shake things up for 2014.