Past Exhibitions

Exhibitions at Design Museum Shad Thames since 1989


Commerce and Culture

French Design

The Best of British Graphics

10 Years of Eau

FIAT Posters

Corporate Identity


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


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


Eileen Gray

Base over Apex – The Decline of the British Motorcycle

Scandinavian Festival – New Directions in Scandinavian Design


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?


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!


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


100 Masterpieces – The Furniture that made the Twentieth Century


Charlotte Perriand – Modernist Pioneer

Doing a Dyson

Conran Foundation Collection – Janice Kirkpatrick


The Power of Erotic Design

The Coca-Cola Bottle

Conran Foundation Collection – Dan Pearson

Bike – Cycles a tour of bicycle design 1825-2000


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


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


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)


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


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


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


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?


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


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



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


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


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

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


Brit Insurance Designs of the Year

Kenneth Grange – Making Britain Modern

Terence Conran – The Way We Live Now

Designers in Residence

This is Design


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


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


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


AXA PPP Health Tech & You

Designs of the Year

Life on Foot: Camper at the Design Museum

The Arrangement of Furniture in a Museum

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