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A selection of objects on display in Design for Life

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The objects in this set feature in the exhibition, Design for Life (26 September 2020–31 January 2021) and demonstrate innovation from the late 1800s to the present day. These pieces of medical equipment, devices and tools have helped to save and improve the quality of human life.
Interdisciplinary partnerships between the medical sectors and design industry have pioneered technologies that have pushed our bodies to new biological limits. Design for Life explores the central role of design in the health and medical sectors and examines how designers are embedded early in the creation process of medical devices.
The exhibition features major advances in scientific research and development with medical equipment, once limited to hospitals and laboratories, now reimagined as portable devices that can assist our breathing, monitor our heart, analyse our blood and administer our medicine, conveniently in the privacy of our homes.


Heather Pereira, Curatorial Volunteer for Nina Earl, Assistant Curator, 2020