Making everyday objects special

The Learned Society of Extraordinary Objects


Suspend your disbelief and enter the world of The Learned Society of Extra Ordinary Objects, a design exhibition revealing the extra-ordinary possibilities of everyday objects. Somerset House’s Terrace Rooms will be transformed into the headquarters of the Learned Society,an imagined venerable society inspired by the real history of Somerset House. This unique exhibition centres on the power of imagination, narrative and storytelling within design.

30 contemporary designers, artists and makers – including British sculptor Richard Wentworth; ceramicist, Richard Slee; Scottish Indian artist, Jasleen Kaur; jewellery-maker Hans Stofer; and designer, Sebastian Bergne – have been invited to become the new, 21st century Fellows of the Society, and create or contribute objects to this remarkable collection. These new Fellows’ designs will present ordinary objects with extra ordinary stories, or suggest playful and surprising modifications to familiar objects, reimagining our interaction with items we encounter in our everyday lives.

Curated by Clarke and Clerkin

05 July – 03 Sept 2017

Terrace Rooms, South Wing
Strand, London.