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Design Display represents an advanced design concept that goes beyond product and industrial design to include experimental and interdisciplinary forms of contemporary design in practice. The exhibition is intended to illustrate the role that design plays in our daily lives and stimulate discussion on the social dimension of design. Arranged in a triangular glass case that is 20 metres long and 2.40 metres high, two contrasting design objects are juxtaposed in a theme-based presentation over a period of several months

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What you can see now

In the seventh "Design Display" exhibition the Autostadt explores the subject of "tuning" in the design context. The display features various tuning approaches and takes a look at how people can change the world through design. The exhibition focuses on the designs and work methods of different car tuners. Visitors can discover the close link between design and tuning, which goes far beyond pimping up cars. Tuners presented include Bob Chandler, who built the first monster truck from a 1974 Ford F-250. The work of Wang Jian also forms part of the automotive artistry on show. Unable to afford an original Lamborghini Reventón, the young Chinese tuner made his own.

The first exhibition in the Autostadt DESIGN DISPLAY series

The first DESIGN DISPLAY exhibit looked at innovative production and design methods. At first glance, the objects – a chair and a prosthetic hand – don't appear to have much in common. Both are products of design. But they are based on such markedly different approaches and materials, that they offer a completely different perspective of the design theme.

The second exhibition in the Autostadt DESIGN DISPLAY series

The second exhibition featured two objects in juxtaposition: a cutlery set by British industrial designer Jasper Morrison, and a shelf by Berlin designer Rafael Horzon. Reduced to its basic shape, the "Modern" shelf is sold under the designer's name. Whereas the cutlery distributed by the Japanese Muji company makes no mention of its famous creator. Both designers attempt to reinvent simplicity: Morrison through sensuality; Horzon through humour.

The Third exhibition in the Autostadt DESIGN DISPLAY series

The third exhibition in the Autostadt DESIGN DISPLAY series featured two special projects in juxtaposition: seaweed objects by designer Julia Lohmann, and a solar curtain by designer Petra Blaisse. The two positions exemplify different methods in modern design research. While Julia Lohmann strives to stimulate the discourse on how we use resources, and asks what purpose design serves, Petra Blaisse develops solution-based products.

The Fourth Exhibition in the Autostadt Design Display Series

On the occasion of the Dual Year Mexico-Germany 2016-2017, the fourth Design Display exhibition in the Autostadt in Wolfsburg focuses on the design scene in Mexico. The 20-metre long glass display case will feature two new design objects. One is Vestido Cobra, a dress created by Mexican fashion designer, Carla Fernández. The other is a multimedia installation dealing with the US-Mexican border by architect Fernando Romero.

The FIFTh Exhibition in the Autostadt Design Display Series

The fifth edition of the Design Display exhibition series focuses on the interface between design and democracy. Based on two different democratic processes, the exhibition presents a spectrum of creative options ranging from participation and production of desires in the context of urban development, to digital processes that can shape virtual society and radically change democracy.