Learning Panel discussion

Models for a Different Society Part 1

Exploring the legacy of pioneering Italian designer Enzo Mari, this event is the first in a series of discussions with contemporary designers, makers and curators influenced by Mari’s approach. With designers Michael Marriot and Studiomama.

What to expect

This event is in dialogue with the exhibition Enzo Mari curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Francesca Giacomelli, and the accompanying free display Grazie Enzo: Contemporary Responses to Enzo Mari, which both which celebrate the life and work of the iconic artist, thinker, writer and educator.

Mari had a firm commitment to creating designs that were accessible to everyone. His seminal instruction booklet ‘Autoprogettazione’ (Proposal for self-design), is one such example, predating open-source design practices.

Designers Michael Marriot and Studio Mama will join Design Museum Curator Rachel Hajek to discuss what they owe to Mari and how his approach and values continue to provide inspiration. Exploring their shared ideas about unlearning, radical generosity, playfulness and social responsibility they reflect on what we can learn from Mari.


Rachel Hajek

Hajek is a curator, writer and researcher based in London. She has previously held positions at Tate Modern and is currently Curator at the Design Museum where she has contributed to numerous exhibitions and displays including 'Ai Weiwei: Making Sense'. ‘Enzo Mari curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Francesca Giacomelli’ has been curated for the Design Museum by Hajek.

Michael Marriot

Marriott is an industrial designer often making things in small batches, and overseeing every stage of the design process. He is interested in making functional objects that are not led by fashion, marketing or fads.


Founded by Nina Tolstrup and Jack Mama in 2000, Studiomama is a multidisciplinary design studio. Their sustainable and playful approach has resulted in an influential and socially-relevant portfolio that encompasses architecture, interior design, jewellery, exhibition design, curation, products and furniture. Their work pushes the limits of material recycling, extends product lifespans and explores new forms of open-sourcing and upcycling, challenging conventional business models and distribution methods.

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Booking information

Adult: £12

Student/Concession: £11

Member*: £10

Child: £5

*Please note that this benefit only applies to the cardholding Member’s ticket and not those of additional guests.

• Children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible, ticket holding adult

• Hearing Loop and BSL interpretation available

• Assistance dogs are welcome

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Related exhibition

Enzo Mari

Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Francesca Giacomelli

This major exhibition celebrates the life and work of one of the greatest Italian designers of the 20th century, Enzo Mari, whose designs have inspired generations of creatives around the world.

Background image: Enzo Mari: Scale 1:5 P chair kit (Mantua: Corraini Edizioni), steel frame with photo, technical sheet, nails and balsa wood panels, 2002.