Media Partnership / Designers in Residence 2014

A video interview with “designer of ruses” Ilona Gaynor

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.

Responding to the theme of disruption, Ilona has created a narrative based around a fixed National Lottery Draw involving weighted lottery balls. But her work is actually about legal process as ritual and theatre which has been adapted to suit the entertainment age – ideas that seem particularly relevant in light of the media circus around the Pistorius case.

As broadcast partners we have produced a series of video interviews which are on show at the exhibition, and here is Ilona’s film.

Designers In Residence runs until 8 March 2015.

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Cat Garcia: Ilona Gaynor studio shots

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Cat Garcia: Ilona Gaynor studio shots

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Cat Garcia: Ilona Gaynor studio shots

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Cat Garcia: Ilona Gaynor studio shots

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Luke Hayes: Ilona Gaynor at Designers In Residence 2014

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Luke Hayes: Ilona Gaynor at Designers In Residence 2014

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Luke Hayes: Ilona Gaynor at Designers In Residence 2014

We are excited to present a social evening with this year’s Designers in Residence and Special Guests on Tuesday 14 October. Come along to meet the designers and find out more about their interests and working methods through informal presentations, followed by drinks and discussions. Tickets cost £14 (£10.50 students) and includes entry to the show. Find out more here.