July 18–Boston’s newest museum may also be its most avant-garde. It has no permanent address. At any given moment, it can crop up in a gallery, in a store, in a park or on the Web — a transience that is a function of both the limits of Design Museum Boston’s funding and its co-founders’ ethos: Design is everywhere and for everyone.
“We are a museum with many spaces,” said Sam Aquillano, a 29-year-old industrial designer who serves on the state’s Creative Economy Council. “When people ask, where’s your museum, it’s a challenge to break through people’s pre-conceived notion of what a museum is.”
Aquillano and his friend and fellow designer, Derek Cascio, started the travelling museum three years ago to draw attention to the work of Massachusetts’ more than 60,000 designers in areas as diverse as industry, graphics, architecture and fashion.
Their first exhibition, “Design Means Business,” was at a 2010 design conference at Reebok World Headquarters in Canton, where they featured buildings including Boston’s trendy Liberty Hotel, a former jailhouse, to illustrate the transformative power of design.
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