05 September 2008 – 04 January 2009
"From Morris to Muji, 150 years of (the good bits of) design are here" - Architects Journal
Design Cities told the story of contemporary design through seven key cities at their creative height: London (1851), Vienna (1908), Dessau (1928), Paris (1936), Los Angeles (1949), Milan (1957), Tokyo (1987) and London (2008).
The exhibition featured a full range of objects from textiles and fashion to industrial pieces, furniture and prints. It included design classics such as chairs by Charles and Ray Eames, as well as work by a spectrum of designers that together evoke an impacting impression of their era. Key exhibits included work by William Morris, Christopher Dresser, Adolf Loos, Marcel Breuer, Le Corbusier, Eileen Gray, Achille Castiglioni, Issey Miyake, Zaha Hadid and Ron Arad.
Your Design Cities
The Design Museum partnered with Flickr and Don’t Panic invited viewers to share their photography on the theme of Design Cities.
The top twenty photographs were featured in an exhibition at the Design Museum from 6 - 11 January 2009 and one entry was made into 80,000 specially-commissioned Don’t Panic Posters. To see the entries visit flickr.com/groups/designcities