Design By Time

Apr 01 - Aug 15, 2021

Wednesday–Saturday: 10:00 AM–5:00 PM | Sunday: 12:00 PM–5:00 PM | Closed Monday and Tuesday. Timed entrance only.

2569 Third Street

San Francisco, CA 94107


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Design by Time explores how the dynamic passage of time can be embodied within design objects. Instead of being stable and obdurate, the works brought together here embody durational movement. Some designers embrace natural and mechanical processes—the growth of plant materials, the pull of gravity, the transformational potential of fire. Some translate temporal activities into visual forms, such as music and drawing. Examples come from many sectors of the design world: textiles, carpets, vessels, lighting fixtures, fashion, clocks, and furniture for example.

SF/Arts Curator Insight

The first of its kind, Design by Time brings together designers whose work materializes the passage of time.
Perhaps sheltering in place for the last year has shifted your perception of time. In this exhibition, you can see it unfolds before your eyes. The dynamic design contributions incorporate the material and physical means of manipulating space and time.

Luke Williams

Contributing Writer

Museum of Craft and Design

2569 Third St. (btwn 22nd & 23rd sts)

San Francisco

CA, 94107

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