Touch, reflection and strength. How do our objects help combat isolation in a pandemic world? How can we foster a sense of touch in an increasingly virtual world?

Wallpaper* and American Hardwood Export Council present Discovered, a platform to promote and support design’s next generation, in partnership with the Design Museum, London.⁠ 20 designers from 16 countries across the world have been invited to to think freely about their experience of isolation, and to create an object that represents the functional and emotional connections to our everyday objects.

Considering the materials’ tactility as a key component of the creative and production processes, the designers have been given the choice of four sustainable U.S. hardwoods: red oak, cherry, hard and soft maple. The pieces will be made by AHEC’s global manufacturing partners, the results of which will be unveiled in Wallpaper* and on display at the Design Museum, London from the 13 September – 10 October 2021.

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