Hybrid: Objects for Future Homes and Design for Life

Into the summer viewers can get out of the house to interrogate the contemporary urban condition and explore the role of the home, and uncover the intersection between science and design, in two dynamic exhibitions at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum.

Until 31 January 2021, 200 objects from the late 1800s to present day will be displayed in ‘Design for Life’, unpacking developments in medical equipment, devices and treatments. The contemporary curiosities include; respirators, a blood test, prosthetic foot, bioprinter and model of a 3D printed red and blue surgical heart.

In ‘Hybrid’, on display until 28 February 2021, the domestic space is examined through furniture and object designs from nine studios collaborating with researchers, addressing the most pressing issues of our time, from the advent of climate change and poor air quality, to global health.  While diverse, the designs share an ameliorative utility with objects to refocus and de-stress, bring the experience of nature into the home and prompt serious contemplation.