On the Move

Design Museum Opens in New London Home

London's Design Museum is expected to attract half a million visitors a year in its new home in Kensington. The museum, which is now dedicated to everything from industrial design and graphic design to fashion and architecture, has moved to a 1960s era building that has been strikingly renovated.
 
"It's marvelous to have been able to save the building, and have it now as what's going to be a world-class center for design," says the museum's architectural designer John Pawson
 
Exhibits include: Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World; Beazley Designs of the Year; Designer Maker User; and Designers in Residence 2016 (Rain Wu, Alix Bizet, Clementine Blakemore and Andrea de Chirico).
 
"There are more than 1,000 pieces to examine in the museum’s new (and free) permanent exhibition Designer Maker User which explores these three connected roles," reports Forbes. "A crowdsourced wall displays a random selection of significant design items voted for by the public and includes everything from a pair of denim to some washing-up gloves."
 
Dezeen recalls the museum originally was founded in 1989 by designer Sir Terence Conran and journalist Stephen Bayley to highlight the importance of industrial design to contemporary culture. Initially, it filled the basement of the famed Victoria and Albert Museum, then, moved into a former banana factory, before settling into its new home in late 2016.