Paul Chamberlain - New Domestic Landscapes / Geographical shift of healthcare
Created: 27. 10. 2017 from Vysoká škola uměleckoprůmyslová v Praze

New Domestic Landscapes / Geographical shift of healthcare

An exhibition by British designer Paul Chamberlain at the UM Gallery


Opening: Thursday, October, 26th 2017 at 6 pm
The exhibitions runs until: December, 2nd 2017
Gallery UM, UMPRUM, nám. Jana Palacha 80, Prague 1
Monday to Saturday, Hours: 10am-6pm, even open during Designblok on Sunday 29th 10th.

Free entry


Guided tour with the author's participation: Friday, October 27th at 11 am.


The issue of population aging in society and the role of designers in meeting their needs are being addressed in the exhibition "New Domestic Landscapes / Geographical shift of healthcare" by British designer Paul Chamberlain at the UM Gallery. The Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague organizes this exhibition on the occasion of the Designblok design show.

The reality of contemporary Europe is the aging of its population, thus it is necessary to give senior citizens a sense of meaning, fulfillment, and quality of life. The focus is on issues of active life, social well-being, health, housing, and communication with others. Contemporary society faces a radical change in healthcare. The implementation of healthcare is changing, and so are the attitudes of the receiving beneficiaries. 

Paul Chamberlain reacts to the presumable transition of healthcare from hospitals to people's homes and examines how this transfer might affect people's physical and emotional attitude to their own home, furniture and things that they use.

The displayed objects and prototypes are not examples of final design products, but presentations of objects highlighting the future hybrid functionality of dwellings with objects influenced by new technologies, not always friendly to elderly people.

Exhibitor curator Jiří Pelcl says: “The exhibition does not show specific design solutions for the elderly, but rather it creates an inspirational space and a starting point where discussions about aging, health care, and housing can begin. It is a challenge for designers to take greater measures and concern when creating user-friendly products, especially to simplify the lives of seniors.”


Curatorial and architectural design of the exhibition: Jiří Pelcl
Graphic design: Mirka Mitísková
Translation: Eva Císlerová
Production: Šárka Váňová


The exhibition is supported by: The Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague; The Art and Design Center, Sheffield Hallam University; CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber; National Institute for Health Research.

Paul Chamberlain is a graduate of the RCA, Professor of Design, head of the Art & Design Research Centre and co-director of an interdisciplinary research group Lab4Living at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. Paul’s interest lies in designing and developing tools and methods to encourage and engender social innovation and applies this with a focus on healthcare, disability and ageing. His work explores the multi-sensory aspects of design and the role of artefacts that help define pertinent societal questions as much as present solutions. He has led major interdisciplinary projects and delivered keynote lectures at leading international venues on innovation strategies and sustainable approaches to design and manufacture that have played a significant role in supporting regional industrial reconstruction.

He has exhibited widely, achieved two ‘Millennium product‘ awards from the Design Council UK and his work is included in the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. His ‘Stigmas‘ collection won a major prize in the ‘Imagining chairs’ category of the ‘Art on Chairs’ international design competition 2013 in Portugal