Exhibitions

Design is a continually evolving subject.

The museum offers an introduction to the history of contemporary design with free display Designer Maker User, and opportunities to explore the present and future of design through a programme of temporary exhibitions and pop-ups.

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California: Designing Freedom

“Designed in California” is the new “Made in Italy”. While California’s mid-century modernism is well documented, this is the first exhibition to examine its current global reach. Picking up the story in the 1960s, the exhibition charts the journey from the counterculture to Silicon Valley’s tech culture.

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Breathing Colour by Hella Jongerius

Drawing on years of research, designer Hella Jongerius presents an installation-based exhibition that takes a deeper look at the way colour behaves, exploring shapes, materials, shadows and reflections.

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Ferrari: Under the Skin

A major exhibition marking the 70th anniversary of Ferrari, celebrating one of the great adventures of the industrial age

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Designer Maker User

For the first time in its history, the museum is able to offer a free taster of its collection - featuring over 1,000 objects. Designer Maker User is an introduction to the history of contemporary design through three interconnected roles - the Designer, the User and the Maker.

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Designers in Residence 2017: Support

The Designers in Residence programme at the Design Museum is a core part of the museum's activity, and exists to provide emerging designers, across any discipline, with time and space away from their regular environment to reflect, research and consider new ways of developing their practice.

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The Making of the Design Museum

In 2012, photographer Koto Bolofo was invited to document the conversion of the former Commonwealth Institute into the new Design Museum. The 15 photographs on display represent 15 days in the building’s transformation.

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Future exhibitions

Explore upcoming exhibitions at the Design Museum.

Touring exhibitions

The Design Museum's exhibitions tour to museums and galleries nationally and internationally.

Past exhibitions

Discover 25 years of the Design Museum exhibitions.