Past Exhibitions

Exhibitions at Design Museum Shad Thames since 1989


Collection Lab

AXA PPP Health Tech & You

Designs of the Year

Life on Foot: Camper at the Design Museum

The Arrangement of Furniture in a Museum

Like Me: Our bond with brands

50 Years of British Road Signs

Designers in Residence: Migration

Cycle Revolution


In the Making

Designs of the Year

Time Machines: Daniel Weil and the Art of Design

John Lewis: How We Live Today

Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture

Designers in Residence: Disruption

Women Fashion Power


Design Museum Collection: Extraordinary Stories about Ordinary Things

Designs of the Year

United Micro Kingdoms: A Design Fiction

The Future is Here: A New Industrial Revolution

Designers in Residence

Hello, My Name is Paul Smith


Designs of the Year

Christian Louboutin: 20 Years

Designed to Win

Designers in Residence

Digital Crystal: Swarovski at the Design Museum

Unexpected Pleasures: the Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery


Brit Insurance Designs of the Year

Kenneth Grange – Making Britain Modern

Terence Conran – The Way We Live Now

Designers in Residence

This is Design


Brit Insurance Designs of the Year

Anni Albers – Truth to Materials

Sustainable Futures

Urban Africa – David Adjaye’s photographic survey

Basso & Brooke

John Pawson – Plain Space

Drawing Fashion: 100 years of fashion illustrated

Wim Crouwel


Pottery Goes Pop – Portmeirion Pottery 1964-69

Hussein Chalayan – from fashion and back

Brit Insurance Designs of the Year

Super Contemporary

Jan Kaplicky – architect of the future

Mariscal – Drawing Life

Designers in Residence

David Chipperfield Architects – Form Matters

Otl Aicher

Ergonomics – Real Design

Less and More – The design ethos of Dieter Rams


Brit Insurance Designs of the Year

La Maison Tropicale at Tate Modern

Model T Ford

Richard Rogers + Architects: From the House to the City

Industrial Facility – Some Recent Projects

Tim Walker – Pictures

Design Cities

Designers in Residence

Patricia Urquiola – Purely Porcelain

Alan Aldridge



Luis Eslava

Robert Brownjohn

Ingenious Therapies, Great Brits, Milan

Luigi Colani – Translating Nature

Martino Gamper

Ettore Sottsass – Work in Progress

Ben Wilson: Fixed

Zaha Hadid - Architecture and Design

Jonathan Barnbrook - Friendly Fire

50 Years of Helvetica

Designers in Residence

Matthew Williamson – 10 Years in Fashion

JCB Dieselmax

Jean Prouvé – The Poetics of the Technical Object

Vitra Edition: Design Laboratory


Designer of the Year

Football Fever – world cup celebration

Formula One

Design Mart 2006

Stuart Haygarth

Maarten Baas

Alan Fletcher

Designing Daily Life

Khashayar Naimanan

Swiss Books


Christopher Labrooy

You Are Here – The Design of Information

A Barcelona Bathroom – Jaime Hayon

The Stacking Chair

The European Design Show

Cedric Price – Doubt, Delight and Change

Inside the Bay – Shaping a Surfboard

Shape and Shapers

Assa Ashuach – Design Mart

Eileen Gray

Design Mart

Robert Brownjohn

Designing Modern Britain

Ernö Goldfinger’s 1940s exhibitions


Conran Foundation Collection – Thomas Heatherwick

Styrenissimo – Paul Cocksedge


Designer of the Year

Plant Power – Ronan + Erwan Bouroullec

A Century of Chairs

Saul Bass

Zest for Life – Fernando + Humberto Campana

The E-Type Jaguar – Story of a British Sports Car

Constance Spry

Design Mart

Joris Laarman – The New Baroque

Designing Modern Life

Marc Newson

Under a Tenner – what is good design?


The MARS Group

Klein Dytham

Manolo Blahnik

A Century of Chairs

Designer of the Year

Superstudio – Life Without Objects

The Peter Saville Show

Living in a Tank – Working

Tord Boontje – Wild Silk

Hella Jongerius

Sam Buxton

When Flaminio Drove to France – Flaminio Bertoni’s Designs for Citröen

Somewhere Totally Else – The European Design Show

Abram Games

History of Modern Design – in the Home The One-Legged Milk Stool

Alison + Peter Smithson: House of Tomorrow to a House for Today


Ronan + Erwan Bouroullec

Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka – The Glass Aquarium

Arne Jacobsen – Cocktails With Arne (Cabinet)

Gio Ponti – A World

Paul Smith’s Robots

Rainer & Martino’s World Cup (Atrium)

The Glass Menagerie (Tank)

Design Now – Graphics

Ford Thunderbirds

When Philip Met Isabella – Philip Treacy’s hats for Isabella Blow

The Digital Aquarium

A Century of Chairs

Jerszy Seymour

The Adventures of Aluminium: From Jewellery to Jets

Unseen Vogue

Living in a Tank – Sleeping

Christophe Seyferth

Droog – Conran Foundation Collection


What About Design?

Minor Works – Designing for Children

Luis Barragán

Communicating Design

Isamu Noguchi

Memphis Remembered

A World Without Words – Jasper Morrison

Aston Martin

Dirty Washing

Conran Foundation Collection – Marc Newson

Web Wizards - Designers Who Define the Web


Living in the City

Movement – Peter Opsvik

Bauhaus Dessau

Under a Fiver

Kind Of Blue

Dr Martens


Marc Newson’s Ford 021C

Buckminster Fuller – Your Private Sky

Six Moments

New Design and Technology



Pierre Cardin – Sculptures Utilitaires

Conran Foundation Collection – Tyler Brûlé

Isambard Kingdom Brunel: Recent Works

Design Against Crime (Design Council)


Modern Britain 1929 – 1939

Mini – 40 Years of A Design Icon

Verner Panton – Light and Colour

The Appeal Of Reason

On The Road – The Art of Engineering In The Car Age


Design Now – Austria

Design – Process, Progress, Practice


Ferdinand Porsche – Design Dynasty

Innovation by Design – 100 Years of Bosch in the UK

The Real David Mellor

The Work of Charles and Ray Eames – A Legacy of Invention

Conran Foundation Collection – David Constantine


The Power of Erotic Design

The Coca-Cola Bottle

Conran Foundation Collection – Dan Pearson

Bike – Cycles a tour of bicycle design 1825-2000


100 Masterpieces – The Furniture that made the Twentieth Century


Charlotte Perriand – Modernist Pioneer

Doing a Dyson

Conran Foundation Collection – Janice Kirkpatrick


It’s 100% Man-Made

Conran Foundation Collection – Jasper Morrison Work/Shop

Frank Lloyd Wright in Chicago: The Early Years

Paul Smith True Brit

Alessi Family Follows Fiction Showcase

60/90 – The Inheritance of the Sixties

thinkteck! Tokyo Design Network/Design Museum Research Project

Paper Money

Designing Messages – European Stamp Design

Conran Foundation Collection – Alice Rawsthorn


CFA Voysey – Heart and Home

Detached Dreams - Ideal Homes

The MuZ Motorbike – Developing a New Product

RSA Student Design Awards

Conran Foundation Collection – Ross Lovegrove

Tokyo Design Network Showcase

Grafica Utile – Italian Posters of Social Information, Protest and Celebration 1975-1993

50 Years of Poster Design – G & B Arts

Designed in One, Made in the Other – New Products of Collaboration between Britain and Japan

Arne Jacobsen

It’s Plastic!


Malcolm Garrett – Ulterior Motifs

The 2nd Moulinex Generation Student Competition

Type and Image

Scandinavian Design in Britain

More Mileage – Car Design for Elderly and Disabled People

Cinquecento! 60 Years of City-Car Design

OMK – The Designs of Rodney Kinsman

Frank Gehry – New Bentwood Furniture

Is Starck a Designer?


Eileen Gray

Base over Apex – The Decline of the British Motorcycle

Scandinavian Festival – New Directions in Scandinavian Design


Alfa Romeo – Sport through Design

Raymond Loewy – Pioneer of American Industrial Design

Designing Yourself? Creativity in Everyday Life

Metropolis – Tokyo Design Visions

Chinese Graphic Design

FHK Henrion 1914-1990

Connecting Europe/ Europa verbindet: New Japanese Graphics

The Material World of Tintin

Citroën DS

Organic Design

Eye Spy – Sub-Miniature Cameras


Sport 90 – Design and Sport

Devetsil Czech Avant-Garde in the 20s and 30s

Graphic Design in America: A Visual Language History

Design in the Public Service: The Dutch PTT 1920-1990

Contemporary Spanish Graphic Design

Mario Sironi: Advertising Graphics

Abram Games – 60 Years of Design

Hans Schleger


Commerce and Culture

French Design

The Best of British Graphics

10 Years of Eau

FIAT Posters

Corporate Identity

back to the future


Design is a continually evolving subject: visit the museum to be inspired and informed by the exhibitions. Find out more about current and upcoming exhibitions at the Design Museum and buy your tickets in advance.