The PLATE (Product Lifetimes And The Environment) Exhibition explores critical themes related to how long products last in contemporary society. The topic of product longevity is examined in innovative ways through prototypes, objects, artefacts, posters, photographs and films produced by designers, social businesses, artists, researchers, lecturers and students.

Featuring household products, furniture, lighting, fashion, jewellery and artworks, this collection of visual work embraces design for longevity, design for disassembly, repair and reuse, emotionally durable design, repurposing and upcycling, and the need to challenge planned obsolescence and the throwaway society.

The first PLATE Exhibition ran alongside the PLATE Conference at Nottingham Trent University (17 – 19 June 2015), and was curated by Rebecca Gamble.

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