In London, Designers Play With the Future

Robots, creating rainbows and sacred chants in pidgin are among the products of a residence program at the Design Museum.

LONDON — Anyone who thinks the future looks grim should go immediately to the Design Museum here, where five young designers in residence have worked for the past seven months on ways to make life better.The program’s theme this year was “Support,” and the designers’ ideas on the subject have ranged from creating robots to establishing permanent addresses for the homeless. In turn, the program helps the designers.“We work with designers at the start of their careers, supporting them and prov...