Professor Daniel Charny

School: Design School
Position: Professor of Design


Daniel Charny is an internationally recognised curator, strategic consultant and lecturer in the field of contemporary design. His specialist background as an industrial designer puts him in a unique position in the curatorial field, as does his strategic and curatorial practice applied in the context of design education.

Charny curated major shows for the Design Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum including 'Power of Making' one of the most popular exhibitions in the V&A's history. Involved in strategic consultancy he led on the Content and Interpretation strategy for the Design Museum London contributing to their successful bid for HLF major projects funding in 2012.

Between 2002 and 2010 he was the founding curator of The Aram Gallery where he developed an international programme and established it's focus on experimental and new design. Charny has been involved in design education for 20 years including between 1998-2012 at the Royal College of Art where he was Senior Tutor on the Design Products Department.

He is highly networked on the international design scene where he is an active keynote speaker, think tank facilitator and juror for design prizes. He is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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Research expertise

Creative and Strategic design thinking in particular 'making as a way of thinking'. Contemporary curatorial and interpretation practice. Experimental design process. Cultural and social impact of design.
Exploring design education formats: Recognised internationally as a progressive and inspiring design educator supplemented by cross college roles and international invitations including in Austria, Sweden, Japan and Singapore, Charny's key subject matters include brief writing and applying curatorial practices to enrich design context and process.

Power of Making, Victoria and Albert Museum 2011:
Jointly commissioned by the V&A and the Crafts Council, Daniel Charny was appointed to curate this free exhibition planned for the Porter Gallery (contemporary space) to reflect on contemporary issues in craft. He developed an approach which was based on a hybrid of principles of a cabinet of curiosities model, a typological approach influenced by the Pitt Rivers Museum Model and current models of 'makerspaces'. "Power of Making" was the most visited free exhibition ever staged at the V&A.

Super Contemporary:
Super Contemporary Design in London (2009 and Tai Pei Fine Art Museum 2011) was the most ambitions commissioning project the Design Museum had produced to date. With new work by 15 leading practices based in London, Super contemporary showcased and explored why London is home to so many different types of designers. The methodology was to contextulaise these practitioners on the background of the last 60 years of contemporary product, architecture, fashion and communication design activity in London.

Professional activity

  • 2013ICON Award, Design Award Jury
  • 2012Arts Foundation and Core 77, Design Award Jury
  • 2010 - 2011Design Miami, Design Award Jury
  • 2010 - 2012Guest curator, V&A Museum and Crafts Council joint commission exhibition 'Power of Making' (open September 2011 - January 2012).
  • 2009Guest curator, British Council Arts and Architecture Milan Furniture Fair and London Design Festival 'The Incidental'.
  • 2009 - presentFounding Director, From Now On. Clients and collaborators include: British Council, Cathedral Group, Design Museum London, Estudio Mariscal Barcelona, Heatherwick Studio, RSA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Victoria and Albert Museum.
  • 2009Team Leader, The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Kyoto Inclusive Design Challenge
  • 2007 - presentCreative consultant and guest curator, Design Museum, London. Consultancy projects have covered collections strategy, content and interpretation policies and strategies, programmes and learning. Curating projects include the permanent exhibitions for their new building, plus major exhibitions 'Supercontemporary' and 'Mariscal Drawing Life'.
  • 2005 - 2012Senior Tutor, Design Products, Royal College of Art, London, UK.
  • 2004 - 2007External Examiner, Goldsmith BA Design Course, London.
  • 2002 - 2010Founding curator, The Aram Gallery, London, UK. Solely responsible for delivering the gallery programme, exhibitions, content, publications and identity.
  • 1998 - 2004Tutor, Design Products, Royal College of Art, London, UK.
  • 1992 - 1995Tutor, Industrial Design, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel.

Educational and professional qualifications

  • 2013Honorary Senior Research Fellow V&A
  • 2012Fellow Royal Academy of Arts
  • 1997MA Industrial Design Royal College of Art, London
  • 1992BA Industrial Design Bezalel Academy of Art & Design, Jerusalem

Conferences & events

Keynotes and lectures
Various including: in UK
The Serpentine Gallery, the V&A, Design Museum, the Barbican Gallery, The Royal Institution (GB), University of Applied Arts, Architectural Association, Kingston University, University of the Arts Camberwell, Metropolitan University.

International: ADI-FAD (Barcelona), DMY (Berlin), Mayland (Guangzhou, China), Nokia (UK), Mothercare International (Milan), Knoll (UK), (Vienna), DesignMiami (Basel), Irish Crafts Council (Cork), Lodz Design Festival (Poland), Koldinghaus Museum Symposium (DK),The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (DK).


As Director at From Now On Charny has worked with commercial companies, culture and education institutes to develop and deliver new forms or programming, including creating new knowledge exchange networks for Cathedral Group, RSA and British Council.

Charny has also acted as advisor to the Stockholm Design Museum Friends think tank, the Korean Design Foundation, Global Design Forum and South Africa Design Indaba. He is a member of the Technology Strategy Board Design Museum exhibition project group and National Art & Design Saturday Club Advisory Group. He is also a member on the newly founded Crafts Industry Board.

Research groups & programmes


Number of items: 8.


Charny, Daniel, ed. (2011) Power of making: the importance of being skilled. London, U.K. : V & A Publishing. 79p. ISBN 9781851776535

Book Section

Charny, Daniel (2011) Thinking of making. In: Charney, Daniel, (ed.) Power of making: the importance of being skilled. London, U.K. : V & A Publishing. pp. 7-10. ISBN 9781851776535

Conference or Workshop Item

Sudjic, Deyan, Pawson, John, Charny, Daniel and Black, Alice (2016) How to design a design museum. In: The Design Museum Opening Public Programme; 25 Nov 2016, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)


Charny, Daniel [Curator of an exhibition] (2015) Maker Library Network. Maker Library Network. .

Charny, Daniel [Curator of an exhibition] (2014) Brave fixed world. Lodz Design Festival 2014. .

Charny, Daniel [Curator of an exhibition] (2011) Power of making. .

Charny, Daniel [Curator of an exhibition] (2009) Super Contemporary. .

Database or Web Resource

Charny, Daniel [Curator of an exhibition] (2015) The future of fixing.

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