Future Room at John Lewis

3 May 2014 to 23 June 2014 | Mon–Sat: 9.30am–8pm (9pm on Thurs), Sun: 12noon –6pm

John Lewis | 300 Oxford Street, London W1A 1EX

To mark its 150th anniversary John Lewis has asked the RCA to select some of the most exciting emerging design talent from around the world and curate a future room as part of Stories of a Shopkeeper, an interactive exhibition on the history of John Lewis at the retailer’s flagship Oxford Street store. 

The future room will provide an insight into how we will shop, live and look in years to come, exploring the themes of health and well-being, technology and sustainability, as well as new materials and technologies. The exhibits span fashion and furniture, technology and textiles, ceramics and tableware. Some are re-imagined versions of items you would expect to see on the shelves of today’s John Lewis while others are futuristic prototypes for the stores of 2064. 

The future room is the final part of the Stories of a Shopkeeper exhibition charting John Lewis’s journey from a humble draper’s shop on London’s Oxford Street to an international, award-winning business. The exhibition begins on the cobbled streets of Victorian London. Visitors open a door to a recreation of the original draper’s shop where it all began on 2nd May 1864. Guests then tour through John Spedan Lewis’s office, the setting for the birth of the Partnership. After a dramatic installation which tells the story of how a WWII bomb threatened the future of the company, the exhibition proceeds to explain how the craft of shopkeeping and a passion for customer service has guided the business ever since before ending with the future room.