Illuminating Futures

Added on by David Caines.

I was recently commissioned by the Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) Network to design an exhibition structure for a photographic exhibition of portraits by Richard Cannon entitled Illuminating Futures. Richard has photographed eighteen young men and women who are all working at the cutting edge of the sciences. The portraits were recently featured as a photo story in The Times Magazine. The design structure needed to be free-standing, and to be able to be configured in a variety of shapes to suit different exhibition spaces. My solution was to design 9 x identical panels which were engineered from plywood and faced with a black gloss laminate. The panels have 'male' and 'female' pegs at the edge and simply slot together at right angles. Simple to erect and to transport.

The exhibition is designed to inspire young people to consider specialising in STEM subjects and has embarked on a nationwide tour of public spaces beginning in Manchester.

A big thank you to Simon Dormon of Oblique Furniture for doing such a beautiful job manufacturing the panels.