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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.

Gareth Williams entry in Middlesex Staff Directory

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

Gareth Williams' Research in University Repository

Homo Performans

Williams, Gareth ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5205-3257 (2018) Homo Performans. In: Watching Making. Knott, Stephen , ed. Punkt O - Galleri F15 & MOMENTUM, Moss, Norway, pp. 20-29. I...

Towards a theory of performative design

Williams, Gareth ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5205-3257 (2016) Towards a theory of performative design. In: Design and Time: Design History Society Conference 2016, 08-10 Sept 2016, Mid...

Contemporary designers, cultural diplomacy and the museum without walls

Williams, Gareth ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5205-3257 (2016) Contemporary designers, cultural diplomacy and the museum without walls. In: Design Objects and the Museum. Bloomsbury,...

Design: an essential introduction

Williams, Gareth ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5205-3257 (2015) Design: an essential introduction. Goodman Fiell (Imprint of Carlton Publishing Group), London. ISBN 9781783130122. [Bo...

Curating emerging design practice

Williams, Gareth ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5205-3257 (2013) Curating emerging design practice. In: Museums and higher education working together, challenges and opportunities. Ash...

21 Twenty-one, 21 designers for twenty-first century Britain

Williams, Gareth ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5205-3257 (2012) 21 Twenty-one, 21 designers for twenty-first century Britain. V&A Publishing, London. ISBN 9781851776788. [Book] ...

Telling tales, fantasy and fear in contemporary design

Williams, Gareth ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5205-3257 (2009) Telling tales, fantasy and fear in contemporary design. V&A Publishing, London. ISBN 9781851775606. [Book] ...

The furniture machine, furniture since 1990

Williams, Gareth ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5205-3257 (2006) The furniture machine, furniture since 1990. V&A Publishing, London. ISBN 1851774947. [Book] ...

Branded? Products and their personalities

Williams, Gareth ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5205-3257 (2000) Branded? Products and their personalities. V&A Publishing, London. ISBN 1851773258. [Book] ...