WORK: Fear and Love exhibition design by OK-RM

Fear and Love – the inaugural exhibition at the new Design Museum in Kensington – explores some of the biggest issues affecting our age. The show’s 11 installations reflect on AI, globalisation, environmental crises and the changing role of craft. There’s a robotic arm which interacts with visitors, an installation demonstrating how waste clothing can be turned into thread and wearable technology from Hussein Chalayan.

OK-RM worked with Sam Jacob Studio and head curator Justin McGuirk on the exhibition’s design, creating a neon installation for the entrance and graphics made out of insulation materials and iridescent tubing. Walls are lined with felt and PVC curtains, creating a futuristic atmosphere that the Guardian likened to “a futuristic hospital ward”.

The studio also worked with Thomas Traum to create 3D renders offering “a surreal interpretation” of the world today. The images are featured on posters promoting the show and the cover of a book published by Phaidon.

OK-RM says it started work on the exhibition before its content or participating designers had been confirmed. The studio worked from hundreds of images supplied by McGuirk to capture the mood of the exhibition and its key themes, including images of polluted oceans, surveillance networks and prosthetic limbs.