Designblok Prague 2016

Jane has been invited to be part of the prestigious jury of curators and journalists selecting the winners of the European diploma graduate projects competition co-organised with ENUNIC and now in its third year. Find out who they chose out of the 37 finalists here

Soak, Steam, Dream: Reinventing Bathing Culture
Roca London Gallery
16 September 2016 – 28 January 2017

The exhibition Soak, Steam, Dream: Reinventing Bathing Culture – a sequel to 2014-15’s Urban Plunge also at Roca – explores a renewed interest in the connection between the physical, meditative and social aspects of bathing through contemporary projects by leading architects and designers. From Peter Zumthor’s Vals thermal baths to H3T’s guerilla saunas, the exhibition examines this new bathhouse culture, and how it can help us revalue and reconnect to water.


Price of Water
91–93 Baker Street London
25 October 2016

Jane spoke about the Price of Water as part of The Empire Remains Shop, a public installation and three-month-long programme curated by London-based duo Cooking Sections, tracing the imperial history of global food and agriculture networks.

Soak, Steam, Dream: Reinventing Bathing
Roca London Gallery
11 October 2016

 At a special event for the exhibition Soak, Steam, Dream: Reinventing Bathing Culture, Jane chaired a talk featuring two architecture practices in the exhibition – H3T Architekti from Prague and Something & Son from London – who discussed some of their recent projects, from mobile guerilla saunas to an urban bath house in east London. Each presented an imagined concept for a new bathhouse in London. The exhibition's designers, Kellenberger -White, also spoke about how they captured the sensorial spirit of bathing in their transformation of the Gallery. 

Selfridges Project Ocean at the Ocean Awards 2016

At The Ocean Awards 2016, Selfridges was honoured with the Corporate and Social Responsibility Award for its Project Ocean 2015 initiative with our exhibition on marine plastic pollution and Water Bar inviting shoppers to ‘imagine life without the plastic bottle’.

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Urban Plunge Exhibition Opening
Roca Barcelona Gallery
26 January – 23 April 2016

Following on from our London exhibition in 2014, Urban Plunge opens in Roca Barcelona Gallery with new additions including OAB’s proposal for a swimming pool bridge in Barcelona’s River Besos, and the Urban Plunge Competition Barcelona, showcasing four great projects from Catalonia’s architectural schools, which propose imaginative natural baths in the old port and Barcelona’s river.

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Robin Day Works in Wood
V&A Museum, London Design Festival
19 September – 4 October 2015

To celebrate the renowned furniture designer’s centenary year, we have curated an exhibition focusing on Robin Day’s use of wood, a significant but little explored aspect of his work. Echoing Day’s childhood growing up in the woods of High Wycombe, Turner Prize nominees, Assemble have created a playful forest of timber plinths juxtaposing previously unseen personal objects alongside much loved and recognisable pieces.

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Brompton Design District
London Design Festival
19 – 27 September 2015

The Brompton Design District continues its programme with a series of engaging pop-ups curated by Jane Withers. Highlights include: The Voice of Things, a project curated by Sarah van Gameren and Phillipe Malouin, co-tutors of Platform 18 at the RCA, Pia Wustenberg’s OBJECT RELATIONS asking us to consider process as well as the finished object and Marmoreal by Max Lamb for Dzek.

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Selfridges Project Ocean Exhibition and Water Bar until 3 September 2015 

As part of Selfridges Project Ocean we have curated an exhibition which focuses on the critical issue of marine plastic pollution and proposes ways that we can all be part of cleaning up our ocean. Projects include Studio Swine’s Gyrecraft – a record of the designers journey to the North Atlantic gyre –  and Water Bar by Arabeschi di Latte where we look at alternatives to the perfidious plastic water bottle.

Check out the Project Ocean website and Dezeen’s recent article for further details.

Room on the Roof, De Bijenkorf Amsterdam from January 2015 

Room on the Roof is an artist in residence project held in the tower of De Bijenkorf’s Amsterdam store, recently renovated by interior architects i29 to create an aerial studio. Artist Maarten Baas is the first to use the space, and his installation ‘My Latest Work’ inspired by the clock tower on neighbouring Beurs Van Berlage will be on show in De Bijenkorf’s windows on Dam Square until 10 January. 

Room on the Roof

Urban Plunge extended until 7 February 2015

The exhibition Urban Plunge: New designs for natural swimming in our cities at Roca London Gallery has been extended until 7 February 2015, for more information click here

Urban Plunge Talk
Designing the future urban swimming experience
5 November 2014

In conjunction with the exhibition Urban Plunge, architects from Copenhagen, Rotterdam and London explore the future of urban swimming, discussing designs that facilitate positive change and their visions for reclaiming city waterways.

Join us for an evening with the architects who are transforming urban waters, from river baths to natural bathing ponds, with presentations from JDS Architects, Ooze, Studio Octopi and Jane Withers, curator of Urban Plunge.

With the support of the Danish Arts Foundation, The Embassy of Denmark, London and King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership.


Urban Plunge: New Designs for Natural Swimming in Our Cities
Roca London Gallery
11 September 2014 –10 January 2015

Urban Plunge, curated by Jane Withers for Wonderwater at the Roca London Gallery, explores the growing urban swimming movement through a series of proposals for river and harbour baths in London, New York and Copenhagen that envisage imaginative new ways to enjoy urban water environments. The exhibition showcases architectural interventions for swimming in clean natural waters in the heart of our cities. With built projects exhibited alongside future visions for new water leisure spaces, Urban Plunge aims to show how designers are challenging our attitude to the urban water environment and showing how water can enrich urban experience

The exhibition launching on 11 of September to coincide with the London Design Festival (13 - 21 September 2014)

Roca London Gallery

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Brompton Design District
London Design Festival
13 – 21 September 2014

For the London Design Festival 2014 the Brompton Design District programme looks at the growing influence of craft on design, and renewed interest in the passion and skill required to make things. Alongside the exhibits by leading design showrooms, the District’s use of unusual spaces for the pop-up programme curated by Jane Withers adds to the energy and dynamism of the district. This year these take place in a series of garages in the area.

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DAMnº Magazine #43
March 2014

Featured in the March edition of DAMnº magazine, Jane’s article ‘Cleaner, Clearer, Brighter, Better: On the future of water everywhere’ surveys a selection of recent projects that show how experimental thinking aims to help change the way we approach environmental challenges and think about and respect our water environment. Read the article online here

Book Launch
Interwoven: Kvadrat Textile and Design
28 October 2013

Jane’s contribution to Kvadrat’s new book released this month, the essay ‘Between artifice and nature: colour since the 1960s’ explores how the use of colour in design has developed in relation to the history of Kvadrat’s innovative textile colour palettes.

Read an excerpt of the full essay on Disegno 

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The Brompton Pitch
19 – 21 September 2013

The Brompton Pitch is an open air showcase for design on Exhibition Road curated by Jane Withers and Johanna Agerman Ross and produced by Brompton Design District in collaboration with Disegno.

2013 participants: Casting London, Fixperts, Phil Cuttance, Studio Chehade, Okolo and Disegno.

Watch Casting London manufacture their pedel powered souvenirs on-site on Exhibition Road in their vimeo film of the project here

Read Disegno's overview of the project

Brompton Design District
London Design Festival
14 – 22 September 2013

This year the Brompton Design District programme expands its role as a platform for new design and a leading event during London Design Festival with engaging events from the design showrooms in Brompton Cross to the District’s innovative Pop-Up programme curated by Jane Withers.

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Surface Tension: The Future of Water tours to the Kitchener Museum, Canada
20 September 2013 – 26 January 2014

Co-curated by Ralph Borland, Michael John Gorman, Bruce Misstear and Jane Withers, this cross disciplinary exhibition exploring the future of water previously in Dublin and New York opens at the Kitchener Museum in Ontario, Canada on 20 September.

Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out
Royal Academy of Arts, London
18 July – 13 October 2013

Celebrating the architect’s 80th year the exhibition, co-curated by the RA’s Jeremy Melvin and Jane Withers, aims to reveal the ideas behind some of the most radical and pioneering buildings of the 20th Century including the Centre Pompidou and Lloyd’s of London. Using previously unseen archival material, original drawings, sketchbooks and personal objects Roger’s life and career are examined in relation to his influential work as a speaker, writer and political activist.

The Art Newspaper Special Report: Design
February 2013

Jane’s contribution to The Art Newspaper special design issue this month describes some of the current themes designers are grappling with, exploring the work of those that are set to make a lasting impression.

Read the full article here

Pad Prize 2012

Jane was part of the selection commitee for the PAD Prize 2012, along with Claire Catterall and Nigel Coates.  Five young and experimental designers were chosen by the commitee, Kieren Jones, Will Shannon, Kim Thome, Lola Lely and Yuri Suzuki and given the opportunity to exhibit their work at the fair. Congratulations to Will Shannon who was chosen as the recipient of the prestigious award by the panel of judges.

4 Cromwell Place
Brompton Design District
17 - 23 September 2012

This year Brompton Design District is stronger than ever. Internationally recognised as one of London’s leading design destinations; the best place to experience great museums, architecture, garden squares, fashion, shopping, resturants, cafes and bars and importantly leading international design brands. Alongside this there is an adventurous programme of temporary events and exhibitions showcasing experimental design, staged in a diverse range of spaces from leading design retailers to intriguing disused premises.

This year 4 Cromwell Place has become a temporary platform for an eclectic gathering of experimental designers, thinkers and makers whose preoccupation is distilling riches from the details of the everyday. These designers work in different media and materials  (from flour and water to code and software) and collaborate across continents, but share a preoccupation with design’s predictive and narrative powers.

• Design Marketo & Haptic Thought • Field guide • Kingston + Zimbabwe Makers • Martino Gamper • Oyuna in Collaboration with Peter Marigold • Out of Print • Studio Insights: The Wonder Cabinets of Europe • Vera Chapter Two • Wundertute Café •

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Wonderwater Cafe London
12 – 23 September 2012

Wonderwater Cafe comes to Leila’s Shop in Shoreditch for the London Design Festival. Leila McAlister’s responsibly sourced and seasonal menu will be utilised to illustrate how much water it takes to produce our favourite foods, and highlight the importance of considering the water footprint when making culinary decisions.

What is the water footprint of Leila’s delicious eggs with sage? Come along to find out: Leila’s Shop, 15 -17 Calvert Avenue, EC2 7JP

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Food Culture
30 June 2012 - 13 January 2013

Our Wonderwater Cafe project has been invited to be part of Food Culture, an exhibition at Designhuis in the Netherlands. Curated by innovative eating designer Marije Vogelzang, the exhibition presents projects that illustrate the relationship between design and food, showing the role design can play in understanding issues around what and how we eat.

More on Premsela’s website here

Wonderwater Cafe Kiasma
22 May – 16 September 2012

Wonderwater Café Kiasma at  Café Kiasma in Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki.

Wonderwater Café Kiasma is a part of  Helsinki World Design Capital 2012. A pop-up even designed to raise awareness of the water footprint and encourage us to think about the impact of what we eat on local and global water resources.

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Wonderwater Frozen Lights Helsinki
4 February 2012

Wonderwater Frozen Lights, our first Wonderwater project in Helsinki, is an installation of ice lanterns in Helsinki’s Senate Square to mark the Open Doors Weekend of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012. Alongside lanterns by renowned designers, everyone is invited to participate. To raise awareness of the water footprint, the lanterns visualise the daily water usage per person in Finland.

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Surface Tension: The Future of Water
Science Gallery Dublin
20 October 2011 – 20 January 2012

Disposable and sacred; a source of healing and a source of conflict, water is a tempestuous and increasingly urgent theme. This major exhibition, co-curated by Ralph Borland, Michael John Gorman, Bruce Misstear and Jane Withers, will attempt to address the issues surrounding the future of water through innovations, inventions, artworks and artifacts that reveal the different ways water is used and perceived.

The exhibition will travel to New York where it will be shown at Eyebeam Center during the World Science Festival from May 30th to June 3rd and stay on for two months after that. More about Eyebeam here

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Wonderwater Cafe Tian Hai
Beijing Design Week
27 September – 2 October 2011

The first wonderwater event takes place during Beijing Design Week. The pop-up cafe will take over an existing Chinese restaurant, Tian Hai. It is designed to raise awareness of the water footprint and to promote debate around the value of water whilst making us think about the impact of what we eat on local and global consumption.

Wonderwater at Tian Hai is a prelude to wonderwater in Helsinki 2012, an all-year project on water and designing for a sustainable future for the Helsinki World Design Capital 2012.

Wonderwater cafe, curated by Jane Withers and Kari Korkman, produced by Aalto University.

Read more about the Wonderwater Cafe in Beijing here

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Brompton Design District
London Design Festival
22 – 25 September 2011

Now in its 5th year, Brompton Design District promises a strong line up with an international focus. A pop-up programme of experimental design events will see the colonizing of a series of unexpected venues around Brompton by designers including Flock, OKAY Studio and the Marion Friedmann Gallery.

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Selfridges EveryDayDutch  
24 February – 27 March 2011

Dutch design has been in the spotlight for over a decade but what makes it so compelling? EverydayDutch curated by Jane Withers at Selfridges proposes that at its core is the ability to bring imagination to ‘everydayness’. Part installation, part temporary shop: alongside concepts by five recent graduates from the Design Academy Eindhoven, EverydayDutch showcases works by designers including Aldo Bakker, Ineke Hans, Piet Hein Eek and Jo Meesters that reinvent everyday things.

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Dark Volumes: Light Matters
Royal College of Art
29 September ’10

Jane and lighting expert Jonathan Speirs are keynote speakers at the publication launch of Light Volumes, Dark Matters by Claudia Dutson, at the Royal College of Art in association with the Megaman Charity Trust.

Brompton Design District
London Design Festival
18-26 September 2010

As consultants to Brompton Design District, now in its 4th year, we are delighted that this year’s programme is stronger than ever – a creative design hub where experimental thinking and innovative retail meet.

Visit SuperNatural, a food and design event celebrating the new urbanism by StudioToogood at the Brompton Garage, North Terrace, SW3 2B

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Selldorf Architects Monograph
Monacelli Press 2009

Jane contributed the introductory essay to the monograph on leading American architect Annabelle Selldorf – recognised for projects from important historic renovations to a 20 storey Manhattan tower.

Read the essay here

In Praise of Shadows: New European Lighting Design
London Design Festival at the V&A
19 September –18 October 2009

Camping amid amazing furniture in the darkened Jones Gallery at the V&A, In Praise of Shadows explores new European lighting design, the potential of low-energy and alternative energy sources, and how we think about light and darkness.

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Megaman Talk: In Praise of Shadows
ochhauser Auditorium, Sackler Centre, V&A
23 September 2009

A discussion to accompany In Praise of Shadows with practitioners and experts exploring the impact of regulation change. For more information please click here

Double Dutch: Appetites & Emotions
15 – 19 September 2008

An exhibition staged in a guerrilla shop in South Kensington showing how design can be used to bring symbolism, sensuality and meaning to flowers. Read more about the exhibition here

1% Water & Our Future
Z33 Belgium
26 Jun – 28 September 2008

The first exhibition of the 1% Water project was held at Z33 in Belgium – an exploration of our relation to water, ideas that are shaping current change, and how this is being translated in designs and concepts that pave the way to a sustainable future.

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Natural History
Selfridges, 2008

An exhibition of jewellery design curated by Jane in Selfridges Wonder Wall, and showcasing four young designers with very different takes on nature and the boundaries between nature and artifice.

Book Launch
Selfridges A Book of Wonder
Violette Editions, 2007

An encyclopaedic and illustrated volume of arcane, modern and commonplace wonders.

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