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Gareth Williams - Head of Department of Design

Gareth Williams

Head of Department of Design

Gareth Williams is Head of the Department of Design in the School of Art and Design and Professor of Design, appointed in January 2016. His teaching and research interests are in contemporary design practices (mostly related to furniture and related product design), and particularly how they are represented in museums.

He began his career as a curator of twentieth century and contemporary furniture and product design at the Victoria and Albert Museum where he curated several innovative contemporary design exhibitions and published extensively about aspects of contemporary design.

Since 2011 Gareth has been a trustee of the Gabo Trust for Sculpture Conservation, and from 2016 a member of the advisory board for MoDA, the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture at Middlesex University.

Selected curated projects

Temporary exhibitions and displays
  • Kaleidoscope, 20th anniversary display, 100% Design, London, September 2014
  • Show RCA 2012, Royal College of Art, London, June 2012
  • Show RCA 2011, Royal College of Art, London, June 2011
  • Design Products Collection, Royal College of Art, September 2010; Ventura Lambrate, Milan, April 2011; The Baltic, Gateshead, November 2011
  • Telling Tales, fantasy and fear in contemporary design, Victoria and Albert Museum, 14 July – 18 October 2009
  • 100% Milan, 100% Design, London, September 2006
  • Matali Crasset, Victoria and Albert Museum, March – April 2003
  • Milan in a Van, Victoria and Albert Museum, April – June 2002
  • Placebo (with Contemporary Team), Victoria and Albert Museum, 2001
  • Brand.New (with Jane Pavitt), Victoria and Albert Museum, 2000
  • Ron Arad Before and After Now (with Sorrel Hershberg), Victoria and Albert Museum, 2000
  • Swell, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1998
  • …not so simple, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1997
  • Green Furniture: Ecological Design, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1996

 

Permanent galleries
  • Late-Twentieth Century Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, 2008
  • Europe and America 1800-1900, Victoria and Albert Museum, 2006
  • Architecture Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, 2004