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Fri, 25 Jul 2014
DESIGN MUSEUM COLLECTION APP

The Design Museum Collection App is now available for iPhone users for the first time. Explore 59 remarkable objects from the museum’s collection through film, audio, text and photographs. Download for free from iTunes. #CollectionApp

Wed, 09 Jul 2014
LOUIS KAHN NOW OPEN

Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture now open.

The American architect Louis Kahn (1901-1974) is regarded as one of the great master builders of the Twentieth Century. Kahn created buildings of monumental beauty with powerful universal symbolism.
This exhibition encompasses an unprecedented and diverse range of architectural models, original drawings, travel sketches, photographs and films.

Open until 12 October 2014

Book online

Mon, 23 Jun 2014
FIRST FLOOR GALLERY CLOSED

The First Floor Gallery is currently closed for the installation of Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture and will re-open on Wednesday 9 July.

There will be a reduced entrance fee to Designs of the Year and Time Machines: Daniel Weil and the Art of Design during this time:

£8.80 Adult
£6.60 Student
£4.40 Children under 16 (6-15 inclusive)
Free entrance to members and children under six.

Mon, 16 Jun 2014
LAST WEEK | HELLO MY NAME IS PAUL SMITH

Hello My Name is Paul Smith is set to be the Design Museum’s most successful exhibition ever. Having been extended by over three months due to significant public demand, 22 June 2014 will be the last chance for visitors to see this critically-acclaimed show.

The exhibition invites you into the world of designer Paul Smith, a world of creation, inspiration, collaboration, wit and beauty. Starting from a 3 metre by 3 metre shop in Nottingham to the global operation of Paul Smith today, this exhibition has attracted unprecedented audience numbers to the museum.

On 14 June 2014 Paul Smith visited the Design Museum to sign copies of the exhibition catalogue, which has been the bestselling title in the Design Museum’s history.

Book tickets here.

Mon, 19 May 2014
NOW OPEN | Designs of the Year 2014

Featuring Kate Moss’s favourite app, a floating school in a Nigerian lagoon, friendly lamp posts, a mobile phone you can build yourself and many others, Designs of the Year 2014 include international design stars such as Zaha Hadid, David Chipperfield and Miuccia Prada, alongside crowd-funded start ups and student projects. This not to be missed exhibition is a clear reflection of everything that is current and exciting in the world.

Someday the other museums will be showing this stuff.

Book tickets here.

Open until 25 August 2014

Visit designsoftheyear.com to take part in the social vote.

Mon, 19 May 2014
NOW OPEN | TIME MACHINES: DANIEL WEIL AND THE ART OF DESIGN

Time Machines: Daniel Weil and the Art of Design now open.

Thirty-five years ago, Daniel Weil arrived from his native Argentina to study design at the Royal College of Art. His reaction to political and post-industrial freedom produced the seminal Bag Radio in 1981, followed by a continuous series of inventive objects, products and interiors.

This exhibition focuses on the process of design, and how designers think and work. It explores how Weil interprets sources, chooses projects, uses colour and creates form. A longstanding Partner at Pentagram, former RCA Professor of Industrial Design and Memphis participant, Weil presents his experience and philosophy of design practice as a manifesto of ‘actions for designers’.

Guest Curator is Martina Margetts, Senior Tutor in Critical & Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art.

Open until 25 August 2014

Book online

Wed, 14 May 2014
NOW OPEN | TIME MACHINES: DANIEL WEIL AND THE ART OF DESIGN

Time Machines: Daniel Weil and the Art of Design opens today.

Thirty-five years ago, Daniel Weil arrived from his native Argentina to study design at the Royal College of Art. His reaction to political and post-industrial freedom produced the seminal Bag Radio in 1981, followed by a continuous series of inventive objects, products and interiors.

This exhibition focuses on the process of design, and how designers think and work. It explores how Weil interprets sources, chooses projects, uses colour and creates form. A longstanding Partner at Pentagram, former RCA Professor of Industrial Design and Memphis participant, Weil presents his experience and philosophy of design practice as a manifesto of ‘actions for designers’.

Guest Curator is Martina Margetts, Senior Tutor in Critical & Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art.

Open until 25 August 2014

Book online

Wed, 23 Apr 2014
DESIGNS OF THE YEAR CATEGORY WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The Design Museum announces the seven category winners for the annual Designs of the Year Awards. Designs of the Year celebrates a year’s worth of cutting-edge innovation and original talent; showcasing the very best in global Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphic, Product and Transport design.

The seven category winners are:

Architecture: HEYDAR ALIYEV CENTER, BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - Designed by Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher. Elaborate undulations, folds and inflections modify this plaza surface into an architectural landscape that performs a multitude of functions.

Digital: PEEK (PORTABLE EYE EXAMINATION KIT) - Designed by Dr Andrew Bastawrous, Stewart Jordan, Dr Mario Giardini, Dr Iain Livingstone. A smartphone-based system for comprehensive eye examinations, PEEK is easy to use, affordable and portable, meaning that it can bring eye care to even the remotest of settings.

Fashion: PRADA S/S14 - Designed by Miuccia Prada. Pop-art prints meet sporty details and structured shapes in this boldly coloured, powerful collection. Vogue said of the show ‘By next summer we'll wonder what we ever wore before.’

Furniture: PRO CHAIR FAMILY - Designed by Konstantin Grcic. Featuring state-of-the-art ergonomics and pioneering design, the construction of the chair not only allows movement in all directions, but actively stimulates it thereby promoting healthier sitting.

Graphics: DRONE SHADOWS - Designed by James Bridle / booktwo.org. A series of installations consisting of a 1:1 outline of a military unmanned aerial vehicle, or Drone. They have appeared in the UK, Turkey, the USA, Brazil and elsewhere.

Product: THE SEABOARD GRAND - Designed by Roland Lamb and Hong-Yeul Eom. The Seaboard is a reinvention of the piano keyboard, reimagining the keys as soft waves that enable continuous and discrete real-time, tactile control of sound through three-dimensional hand gestures. The design combines contemporary minimalism and traditional handcrafted quality.

Transport: XL1 CAR – Designed by Volkswagen. The world’s the most efficient liquid-fuelled production car; it requires only 8.4 PS to sustain a constant 100kph on a level surface in still air, a speed the car can reach from rest in 12.7 seconds.

Gemma Curtin, Curator of Designs of the Year, comments:
‘From the daringly innovative to the reassuringly good, Designs of the Year 2014 is a condensed and vivid selection of the last twelve months in design. This spectrum of expert-chosen design is an insight into what design can do for us both as individuals and as a society.’

Nick Perry, Head of London, Bird & Bird said:
‘We are thrilled to have been involved in supporting Designs of the Year, each of these category winners has demonstrated exceptional insight and skill and we look forward to seeing further designs from them in the future. Working with clients whose focus is on technology, or whose businesses are being transformed by the use of technology means we know that there is a huge amount to be gained from innovation and design. Designs of the Year is invaluable in supporting the next generation of innovation, as we have seen demonstrated, and continues the rich heritage of design which the UK is known for.’

The seven winning designs will now compete for the overall Design of the Year 2014 award. The overall winner will be announced on 30 June at an event hosted by St Martins Lane London. The seven category winners, along with all of the other 69 nominated designs for 2014, are on display in an exhibition at the Design Museum until 25 August.

Members of the public can have their say on Designs of the Year in the Visitor Vote, which allows visitors to the Design Museum to pick their favourite design from the exhibition. New for 2014 is the Social Vote which sees two nominations fight it out each day through the exhibition’s online Social Vote platform. Broadcast to over one million of the Design Museum’s Twitter and Facebook followers, the Social Vote allows people from all over the world to participate in Designs of the Year 2014.

Tue, 06 May 2014
NORTH GALLERY CLOSED

The North Gallery is currently closed for the installation of Time Machines: Daniel Weil and the Art of Design.

Ticket prices for entry to Hello, My Name is Paul Smith and Designs of the Year 2014

£12.40 Adult
£9.30 Student
£6.20 Children under 16 (6-15 inclusive)
Free entrance to members and children under six.

Time Machines: Daniel Weil and the Art of Design will open on Wednesday 14 May.

BOOK ADVANCE TICKETS NOW (booking fee applies)

Thu, 14 Nov 2013
NOW OPEN | Hello, My Name is Paul Smith

Hello, My Name is Paul Smith is now open.

Step into the world of fashion designer Paul Smith, a world of creation, inspiration, collaboration, wit and beauty. Looking to the future as well as celebrating his career to date, the exhibition will reference Paul Smith's influences and fashion designs, charting the rise of one of the world's leading fashion brands. Looking at the impressive scale of its global operation today, the exhibition will draw on Paul Smith’s personal archive, from the company’s beginnings in Nottingham to its international prominence today.

The exhibition will explore how Paul Smith’s intuitive take on design, together with an understanding of the roles of designer and retailer, have laid the foundations for the company’s lasting success and offer a unique insight into the magnificent mind of Paul Smith.

You're invited on a journey through Paul Smith’s world, which will include a recreation of his first shop in Nottingham which measured 3m x 3m, and of his personal treasure trove of an office. These sit alongside an immersive digital room rich in still and moving image, with thoughts narrated by Paul himself and sounds that will place you in the mind of the designer.

Welcome to the world of Paul Smith.

Open until 9 March 2014.
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#HelloMyNameIsPaulSmith

Thu, 01 May 2014
In the Making Closing Soon

In the Making closes Monday 5 May 2014.

The secret life of cricket bats, felt hats, shoes, boots, marbles, light bulbs, whistles, pencils, coins, horns, lenses and Olympic torches. In The Making, curated for the Design Museum by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, captures twenty four objects mid-manufacture, putting the aesthetic of the unfinished centre stage.

BOOK ADVANCE TICKETS NOW (booking fee applies)

Wed, 26 Mar 2014
DESIGN MUSEUM COLLECTION APP UPDATE

The Design Museum presents its 25 Years anniversary update. On the 25 of each month, the museum releases exclusive interview videos with some of the industry’s most important designers talking about their favourite object from the Design Museum Collection.

Download the App for iPad now to watch fashion designer Paul Smith and designer Morag Myerscough talking about pieces of design that have played an important role in their design lives.

DOWNLOAD THE FREE DESIGN MUSEUM COLLECTION APP

Tue, 15 Apr 2014
DESIGN MUSEUM ALTERNATIVE EASTER EGG HUNT

Crack the riddles and the clues in the Design Museum Alternative Easter Egg hunt. A trail will take visitors on a bunny hunting journey through the current Hello, My Name is Paul Smith exhibition. Participants will be rewarded with a chocolaty prize courtesy of luxury chocolatier Rococo Chocolates at the end of their egg-ultant journey.

Wed, 12 Mar 2014
NOW OPEN: Designs of the Year 2014

The Design Museum's annual exhibition is now open.

Now in its seventh year, Designs of the Year gathers together a year of cutting-edge innovation and original talent; showcasing the very best in global Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphic, Product and Transport design.

Featuring Kate Moss’s favourite app, a floating school in a Nigerian lagoon, friendly lamp posts, a mobile phone you can build yourself and many others, Designs of the Year 2014 include international design stars such as Zaha Hadid, David Chipperfield and Miuccia Prada, alongside crowd-funded start ups and student projects. This not to be missed exhibition is a clear reflection of everything that is current and exciting in the world.

Someday the other museums will be showing this stuff.

BOOK ADVANCE TICKETS NOW

Mon, 10 Mar 2014
SECOND FLOOR CLOSED

The second floor, including In The Making, is currently closed for the installation of Designs of the Year 2014. There will be a reduced entrance fee to Hello, My Name is Paul Smith on the first floor during this time:

£8.80 Adult
£6.60 Student
£4.40 Children under 16
FREE Children under 6

In The Making will re-open on Wednesday 26 March and Designs of the Year will open on Wednesday 26 March.

Mon, 10 Feb 2014
DESIGNS OF THE YEAR

Designs of the Year 2014 nominations announced.

Thu, 06 Feb 2014
HALF TERM

Come along to the museum during half term Saturday 15 February - Sunday 23 February to add your design to the Design Museum catwalk. Drop in tours and workshops on offer - find out more!

Fri, 24 Jan 2014
CALL FOR ENTIRES | DESIGNERS IN RESIDENCE 2014

Design Museum opens the call for entries for this year’s Designers in Residence. The annual exhibition, which celebrates new and emerging design talent, will open 10 September 2014 and feature the designers selected from this open call by a distinguished panel.

This year’s theme is disruption and Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum, explains:
‘More than most, ‘disruptive’ is a term whose meaning is dependent on the context. Conventionally considered almost invariably a bad thing – difficult pupils, bad neighbours, ill-considered town planning - it is now the most sought after quality in a new product. It has completely overtaken the previously well regarded term sustainable, and its slightly more current synonym, resilient. Disruptive technologies are what made Apple’s comeback a decade ago so successful. Disruptive innovation interrupts established ways of thinking, diverges from traditional practices and proposes new, unexpected ideas. This year we are asking the Designers in Residence to reflect on and explore the multiple possibilities expressed by the concept of disruption and the disruptive.’

Nina Due, Head of Exhibitions, says:
‘We invite product, furniture, fashion, graphic, service, spatial or interaction designers alongside architects to explore the idea of disruption in a process, a system, an object, an environment or an experience for their Designers in Residence 2014 proposal.’

Helen Charman, Head of Learning, says:
‘This is a great opportunity for designers in their early careers to discuss and present their work to a broad audience. Parallel to showing their commissioned work, the residencies will develop and deliver an engaging Public Programme during the course of the exhibition, opening up dialogues between exhibitor and the public, enabling ways in which access to process and ideas will be explored.’

Now in its seventh year, the residency demonstrates the museum’s commitment to showcasing and supporting the next generation of design talent. The residency is open to all designers who have graduated from Higher Education within the last five years (in the academic year 2009/10 or more recently) and who have been working professionally (either paid or voluntarily) in some form of design or architecture practice for a minimum of one year.

Designers can apply from today, 24 January, and the deadline for all applications is 5pm on 28 February.

APPLY NOW

The Designers in Residence exhibition will be at the museum from 10 SEPTEMBER 2014 – 4 FEBRUARY 2015.

Last year’s Residents were Adam Nathaniel Furman, Eunhee Jo, Chloe Meineck and Thomas Thwaites. Find out more

Mon, 13 Jan 2014
NOW OPEN | IN THE MAKING

22 January - 4 May 2014

This exhibition, curated for the Design Museum by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, captures over twenty objects mid-manufacture, putting the aesthetic of the unfinished centre stage. Varying from the £2 coin to a cricket bat, a surprising range of objects have been chosen by founders of the design studio Barber & Osgerby, to be exhibited in an unfinished state, celebrating the intriguing beauty of the production process.

The show gives a glimpse of the designers' ongoing dialogue with manufacturing that is so distinctive to their practice. Throughout their careers, Edward and Jay have had a technical curiosity and fascination with the making process. The way in which things are created has had a profound influence on them and continually inspires their work. ‘We have always been fascinated by the making process as it is an integral part of our work. We have curated an exhibition that will provide a platform to capture and reveal a frozen moment in the manufacturing process and unveils an everyday object in its unfinished state. Often the object is as beautiful, if not more so, than the finished product!'

#INTHEMAKING

Wed, 15 Jan 2014
CELEBRATING 25 YEARS | DM25

2014 is the 25th anniversary of the Design Museum. In celebration of this landmark year, the museum will hold a series of talks with leading designers and architects. The 25 Year Talk Series will explore the future of design and how developing trends are changing the design sphere.

Talk dates to be announced.

DM25

Mon, 13 Jan 2014
IMPORTANT INFORMATION | SECOND FLOOR CLOSED

The top floor is currently closed until Wednesday 15 January due to the install forthcoming exhibition In The Making.

Visit Hello, My Name is Paul Smith on the First Floor for a reduced entrance fee during this time:

£8.80 Adult
£6.60 Student
£4.40 Ages 6-16

Book your tickets in advance on Ticketweb (booking fee applies)

Mon, 23 Dec 2013
Designers in Residence Closing Soon

Designers in Residence 2013 closes Sunday 12 January 2014. This annual exhibition provides a platform to celebrate new and emerging designers at an early stage in their career. This year's theme explores how design can be used to convey, to create, or to reflect a sense of identity.

Find out more about the 2013 residents on the Design Museum Youtube channel.

Fri, 22 Nov 2013
#HELLOPAUL | Paul Smith Twitter Q+A

Tuesday 26 November, 3-4pm

To celebrate current exhibition Hello, My Name is Paul Smith at the Design Museum, the gentleman of British fashion himself will be answering your questions LIVE on the Design Museum Twitter account.

Do you have any burning questions you've always wanted to ask him? Now's your chance! All you need to do is share them with #HelloPaul and @designmuseum on Twitter and tune in on the day.

Tue, 19 Nov 2013
PAUL SMITH BOOK SIGNING

Come and say hello to the man himself. Paul Smith will be signing copies of his new book Hello, My Name is Paul Smith, Fashion and Other Stories on Friday 22 November 12.30-1.30pm.

This handsome volume celebrates over forty years of the playful and trendsetting English fashion brand and retailer Paul Smith. It is the perfect accessory to current exhibition Hello, My Name is Paul Smith.

Always in fashion, Paul Smith is not only a preeminent fashion designer but also an international retail trendsetter who perfected a classic style that exudes a sense of English tradition combined with humor, playfulness, and mischief. This marriage of sophistication and the unexpected has given birth to a style and identity that—forty years and many collections later—remains charming, personable, and effortlessly hip.

Published in association with the Design Museum, this volume celebrates not only the line’s fashion history, collections, and collaborations but also the inspirations and obsessions that have helped to transform a small bedroom-sized shop into an innovative global forum for culture and style. Paul Smith is a full-on bright and rich visual experience, illustrated throughout with documentation of its diverse creative community and design inspirations, including Martin Parr, David Bowie, and Henry Moore, to name a few. Using hand-drawn designs, archival photographs, gorgeous original photography, and engaging essays, this colorful catalogue weaves together a compelling visual tale of Paul Smith’s prestigious projects and creative processes—from behind-the-scenes to on the streets—that built this multifaceted empire of cool.

Mon, 11 Nov 2013
Paul Smith's Mini arrives at the Design Museum

Paul Smith's Mini, which has been touring the country since 1995, has arrived at the Design Museum and is on display in Hello, My Name is Paul Smith. Find out more

One of the first Paul Smith collaborations was with the famous British car brand Mini. Rover, manufacturers of the Mini in the 1990s, spotted a particular item in Paul Smith’s Spring Summer 1995 womenswear collection. It was based on a pun featuring a bold black-and-white print of a Mini car on a mini skirt. Identifying a clear admiration for the car, Rover asked Paul to design a limited-edition model. The resulting car featured an interior in black leather. The coachwork was a discreet blue, derived from the colour of one of Smith’s own shirts, a small square of which he provided in order for the colour to be matched. The interior of the glove compartment, boot, and bonnet are a vivid lime green, reminiscent of the lining of a Paul Smith suit. Smith later conceived a second Mini painted in ultra-bright candy stripes, drawing on the design of one of his more expressive shirts.

Hello, My Name is Paul Smith opens 15 November 2013 - 9 March 2014.

Book your ticket in advance online via Ticketweb

#HelloMyNameIsPaulSmith

Thu, 17 Oct 2013
DESIGN MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS 2014

25 YEARS 1989 – 2014 / DM25

Sir Terence Conran founded the Design Museum 25 years ago. He wanted to encourage everyone to appreciate the value of design.

Over the course of 2014, some of the world’s most influential and creative innovators, most of whom have been involved with the museum since its opening, will be coming to the museum to celebrate its anniversary and talk about developing trends and the future of design. They include:

• Alberto Alessi
• Ricky Burdett
• Peter Cook
• Rolf Fehlbaum
• Frank Gehry
• Zaha Hadid
• Thomas Heatherwick
• Jacques Herzog
• Brent Hoberman
• Jonathan Ive
• Martha Lane Fox
• Amanda Levete
• Ross Lovegrove
• Javier Mariscal
• Morag Myerscough
• Marc Newson
• Peter Saville
• Paul Smith
• Alan Yentob

Each speaker will reflect on what is next for design, as well as on the past 25 years in their field, be it fashion, product, technology or architecture.

Design Museum 25 year anniversary graphic identity by OK-RM.

IN THE MAKING
22 JANUARY – 4 MAY

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, award winning designers of the London 2012 Olympic torch, will be drawing on their fascination in the making process, exploring the aesthetic of the unfinished and presenting objects mid manufacture. Barber and Osgerby have selected products that have an intriguing beauty or unexpected quality before assuming their final form.

Guest curated by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, supported by B&B Italia.

DESIGNS OF THE YEAR 2014
26 MARCH – 22 JUNE

Now in its seventh year, this pioneering international award and exhibition celebrates design across seven categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Transport and Product. Shortlisted nominations are displayed at the Design Museum and a high profile judging panel decide a winner in each of the categories with one overall winner to be crowned Design of the Year 2014.

Previous Design of the Year Winners:
• 2013 GOV.UK – UK Government website by GDS,UK
• 2012 London 2012 Olympic Torch, by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, UK
• 2011 Plumen 001 by Samuel Wilkinson and Hulger, UK
• 2010 Folding Plug by Min-Kyu Choi, UK
• 2009 Barack Obama Poster by Shepard Fairey, USA
• 2008 One Laptop Per Child by Yves Béhar, USA

DANIEL WEIL
THE ART OF DESIGN
14 MAY – 31 AUGUST

Thirty-five years ago, Daniel Weil arrived from his native Argentina to study design at the Royal College of Art. His reaction to political and post-industrial freedom produced the seminal Bag Radio in 1981, followed by a continuous series of inventive objects, products and interiors. This exhibition focuses on the process of design, about how designers think and work. Weil, longstanding Partner at Pentagram, former RCA Professor of Industrial Design and Memphis participant, presents his experience and philosophy of design practice as a manifesto of ‘actions for designers’, exploring how Weil interprets sources, chooses projects, uses colour and creates form.

Guest Curator is Martina Margetts, Senior Tutor in Critical & Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art.

LOUIS KAHN
THE POWER OF ARCHITECURE
9 JULY – 12 OCTOBER

The American architect Louis Kahn (1901-1974) is regarded as one of the great master builders of the Twentieth Century. Kahn created buildings of monumental beauty with powerful universal symbolism. This exhibition encompasses an unprecedented and diverse range of architectural models, original drawings, travel sketches, photographs and films. Highlights of the exhibition include a four-metre-high model of the spectacular City Tower designed for Philadelphia (1952-57), as well as previously unseen film footage shot by Kahn’s son Nathaniel Kahn, director of the film ‘My Architect’.

DESIGNERS IN RESIDENCE
10 SEPTEMBER 2014 – 1 FEBRUARY 2015

The Design Museum’s annual Designers in Residence programme provides a platform to celebrate emerging designers at an early stage in their career. Now in its seventh year, Designers in Residence is a core part of the exhibition calendar, demonstrating the Design Museum’s commitment to support and encourage new design talent. Recent alumni have included Giles Miller, Asif Khan, Bethan Laura Wood and Simon Hasan. The programme offers the designers the opportunity to interact and engage with the design and business community, using this platform to test-bed ideas, innovations and future projects.

WOMEN FASHION POWER
A CELEBRATION OF EXCEPTIONAL WOMEN
29 OCTOBER 2014 – MAY 2015

A major exhibition exploring the politics of dressing for power and success. The show presents exceptional women on the world stage and their wardrobes, to show how fashion can be used as a powerful tool to build reputation, enhance careers and express modernity. Women that see clothes not as a frivolous indulgence, but as an important way to attract attention, announce presence, assert authority and guarantee notoriety.

The exhibition will features contemporary women working in politics, business, the creative arts and fashion from around the world, as well as looking back at influential women through history.

Co-curated by fashion commentator Colin McDowell and Design Museum's Head of Curatorial Donna Loveday. The women to be featured in the exhibition will be announced in spring 2014.

Fri, 11 Oct 2013
GRIMM CITY | AN ARCHITECTURAL FAIRYTALE

07 October 2013 – 08 November 2013

‘Mirror, mirror on the floor, who in this land is the greediest of them all?’

2012 marked the 200th anniversary of the first publication of the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales. To celebrate this occasion FleaFollyArchitects, over the space of 5 weeks, ran a small summer atelier on the outskirts of the Black Forest in Germany. As a group of young architects and designers they planned and built the ‘Grimm City’ a miniature Cityscape based on the imaginations of the Brothers Grimm.

This miniature universe, brought to the Design Museum Tank, translates the Brothers Grimm characters into an architectonic cityscape that is meticulously hand crafted from only the finest Black Forest timbers.

Find out more

Mon, 23 Sep 2013
MEET THE NEW DESIGNERS IN RESIDENCE

The Design Museum’s annual Designers in Residence programme provides a platform to celebrate new and emerging designers at an early stage in their career. The programme is now in its sixth year and is a core part of the exhibition programme demonstrating the Design Museum’s commitment to support and encourage new design talent.

'This year, the Designers in Residence 2013 programme will explore of how design in any field can be used to convey, to create, or to reflect a sense of identity.' -Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum.

Find out more about this year's residents and plan your visit to the exhibition.

Tue, 08 Oct 2013
DEBATE | IS THE FUTURE HERE?

A possibly contentious but necessary question to ask in order to evaluate the longevity of some of the new technologies and manufacturing processes described in The Future is Here: A New Industrial Revolution. What further evolutions of technology can be anticipated and how will designers respond to these opportunities? Some of the exhibition steering group reconvene to resume their conversations in this public debate.

Moderated by Daniel Charny, the panel includes Mat Hunter, Chris Wise and Phil Smith.

Tickets include entry to all current exhibitions between 6pm - 7.45pm

Booking:
£17 Adult
£12 Student
£8.50 member

T 020 79408783
W Ticketweb (booking fee applies)
E tickets@designmuseum.org

Mon, 09 Sep 2013
DESIGN MUSEUM INVITES YOU ON A VIRTUAL TOUR OF ITS FUTURE HOME

The Design Museum invites the world to tour its future home in Kensington via an innovative digital portal.

On Sunday 22 September, the new Design Museum will open its doors via an online platform called Stickyworld. For the first time, visitors can virtually explore the new museum thanks to immersive 360 degrees renders, panoramic images and plans. Users will be able to access the new Design Museum on Stickyworld on terminals located in the museum at Shad Thames or from the comfort of their home by logging on to designmuseum.stickyworld.com

Including an introductory video with Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum, the site offers the opportunity to virtually walk from the new museum’s entrance on Kensington High Street, into the atrium and wander down the staircase to the 194-seat auditorium, or up to the first floor – where the Sackler Library and Archive and the Swarovski Centre for Learning spaces will be located – and the second floor, where the restaurant and the permanent display of the museum’s design collection will be housed under the hyperbolic paraboloid roof that uniquely characterises the building. Users can interact within the rooms by leaving digital sticky notes with comments and ideas about the museum’s plans for its new home.

Coinciding with the Open House weekend, the launch will provide an alternative way to visit the Grade ll* listed former Commonwealth Institute building, which is currently being converted into the new Design Museum by leading designer John Pawson and is due to open in Kensington in 2015. The new Design Museum will be three times the size of the current museum and will host a wider range of exhibitions and an enhanced learning programme, as well as showcasing the museum’s permanent collection of design, which will be accessible free of charge for the first time.

Josephine Chanter, Design Museum Head of Communications, comments: ‘I’m #excited. This opportunity with Stickyworld enables the Design Museum to reach out to an ever expanding audience and not only take people into the new museum, but engage them in a dialogue about its future.’

Michael Kohn, Stickyworld’s CEO, adds: ‘The Design Museum immediately saw the opportunity that Stickyworld presented them to connect with the global online audience. Working with their enthusiastic and supportive team, we have developed a social, educational and visually immersive experience.’

The Design Museum has a digital audience in excess of three million users including over 803,000 Twitter followers and 269,000 Facebook fans.

Fri, 30 Aug 2013
DESIGN MUSEUM | LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL

The London Design Festival is an annual event that celebrates and promotes the city’s creativity, drawing on the country’s greatest thinkers, practitioners, retailers and educators to deliver an unmissable celebration of design.

RENAULT/ LOVEGROVE TWIN Z
ELECTRIC CONCEPT CAR
14 – 22 SEPTEMBER 2013 - FREE DISPLAY

Renault celebrates their new concept car designed by Ross Lovegrove. Displayed for the first time in London at the Design Museum, the car has been seen as a breakthrough in the industry in terms of pushing boundaries of parametric design and material technology. This free display provides an insight into Ross Lovegrove’s design process, showcasing his approach to product, economics, ecology, brand, evolution and state of the art technologies. The car will be on show in the Design Museum Tank.

ESTABLISHED & SONS / LOVEGROVE
M.O.O.T CARBON FIBRE CHAIR
14 – 22 SEPTEMBER 2013 – FREE DISPLAY

Designer Ross Lovegrove is renowned for embracing emerging technology and materials and this is clearly demonstrated in the M.O.O.T (Mood of Our Time) Carbon Fiber Chair designed and developed in partnership with Established & Sons. Through this display Ross Lovegrove will demonstrate the diverse characteristics of carbon fibre, showcasing carbon projects created over the last decade. This unique chair will be displayed in the Design Museum Atrium alongside documents revealing an insight into the design process and the technical development that went into realising the design.

The Design Museum will also be hosting a range of talks and events during the festival. Find out more

Tue, 27 Aug 2013
TOP FLOOR CLOSED

IMPORTANT INFORMATION | Top Floor Closed

The top floor is currently closed until Friday 30 August 2013 due to the install forthcoming exhibition Designers in Residence 2013 and the re-install of Extraordinary Stories.

See The Future is Here on the First Floor for a reduced ticket entry during this time:

£8.00 Adult
£7.00 Concession
£5.50 Student

Book your tickets in advance on Ticketweb (booking fee applies)

Fri, 16 Aug 2013
LAST CHANCE TO SEE | United Micro Kingdoms

United Micro Kingdoms (UmK): A Design Fiction closes 26 August 2013.

UmK presents perspectives on a fictional future for the United Kingdom, as imagined by designers and educators Dunne & Raby. The exhibition sees England devolved into four self-contained counties, each free to experiment with governance, economy and lifestyle. These 'live laboratories' interrogate the cultural and ethical impact of existing and new technologies and how they alter the way we live.

Book online. (ticket also includes entry to Future is Here and Extraordinary Stories)

Mon, 22 Jul 2013
THE FUTURE IS HERE WORKSHOPS

Don't miss out on an exciting line-up of 60 minutes of straight talking show and tell presentations answering those design questions you've always wanted to ask...

Everything you ever needed to know about 3D printing and CNC machines
14 September, 2.30pm

Everything you ever needed to know about 3D printing software
28 September, 2.30pm

Everything you ever needed to know about appropriate technology
12 October, 2.30pm

Everything you ever needed to know about 3D printing and mass customisation
19 October, 2.30pm

Booking:
£11.85 Adult
£7.50 Student
Members go free

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Mon, 22 Jul 2013
NEW EXHIBITION | THE FUTURE IS HERE

24 July-29 October

The Future is Here: A New Industrial Revolution is now open a the Design Museum.

German philosopher Karl Marx believed that those who control the means of production control the power. Will the changes in traditional manufacturing that are drastically shaping the world as we see it today cause a reversal of the traditional manufacturing powerbases? Small-scale makers and sellers have typically produced the type of objects that factories don’t. But what if this changed? What if small companies, or even individuals, began making objects that were previously only viable, either technologically or economically, through mass-manufacture?

The Future is Here, presented in association with the Technology Strategy Board, explores our changing relationship with the designed world. A world where the boundaries between designer, consumer and manufacturer are becoming blurred. The exhibition will look at what drives innovation and new manufacturing techniques, and how that can lead to increased growth and productivity. The exhibition presents today’s emerging technologies that will become the growth sectors of tomorrow.

The Future is Here Factory
Come and explore manufacturing techniques demonstrated live in The Future is Here Factory, a small workshop area dedicated to digital fabricating projects, where technicians will be operating a small laser etcher or cutter and 3D printers and producing objects and projects for you to pick up and assemble.

Wed, 03 Jul 2013
IMPORTANT INFORMATION | First Floor Gallery Closed

The first floor gallery is currently closed until Wednesday 24 July 2013 to install forthcoming exhibition The Future is Here: A New Industrial Revolution.

See Extraordinary Stories about Ordinary Things and United Micro Kingdoms on the second floor for a reduced ticket entry during this time:

£8.80 adult
£7.70 concession
£5.50 student

Book your tickets in advance on Ticketweb (booking fee applies)

Wed, 03 Jul 2013
COMING SOON | THE FUTURE IS HERE: A NEW INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

24 July – 29 October

Ever wondered what the fuss over 3D printing is about? Want to know more about how the things around you are made? Want to know how new technology will change your life?

The Future is Here explores the ever-changing relationships with the designed world, where the boundaries between designer, manufacturer and consumer are becoming increasingly blurred. Significant changes in the way objects are made, the materials they are made of and the type of objects that people use have the potential to affect commerce, industry and the environment as profoundly as any past Industrial Revolution.

The exhibition looks at what drives innovation and new manufacturing techniques, how these can lead to increased growth and productivity and how they will change your future. The boundaries between designer, maker and consumer are disappearing with a growing movement of ‘hacktivists’, who share and download digital designs online in order to customise them for new uses.

FACTORY
The museum will house a ‘Factory’ where visitors can discover how 3D printing works and witness live production.

Buy your ticket in advance from the Design Museum Shop

Mon, 20 May 2013
London Festival of Architecture

LESSER KNOWN ARCHITECTURE
A Celebration of Underappreciated London Buildings
4 June - 21 July 2013

Lesser Known Architecture is a free exhibition celebrating extraordinary London architecture. Nominated by leading architecture critics, these ten buildings, structures and subways contribute to the mix and diversity of the city but are all too often overlooked and forgotten. Curated by Elias Redstone, Lesser Known Architecture presents an alternative architectural map of the city. Each site has been photographed by Theo Simpson and will be displayed as a series of single colour offset prints in the Design Museum Café and Tank. The installation is designed by Ben Mclaughlin.

The Ten London Buildings Featured and their Nominators:

Bevin Court | Tom Dyckhoff (BBC Culture Show)
Brownfield Estate | Owen Hatherley (The Guardian)
Cabmen’s Shelters | Oliver Wainwright (The Guardian)
Crystal Palace Subway | Rory Olcayto (The Architects’ Journal)
London Underground Arcades | Edwin Heathcote (Financial Times)
Mail Rail | Ellie Stathaki (Wallpaper*)
Nunhead Cemetery | Hugo MacDonald (Monocle)
Occidental Oil Refinery Jetty | Owen Hatherley (The Guardian)
Stockwell Bus Garage | Tom Dyckhoff (BBC Culture Show)
Welbeck Street Car Park | Sam Jacob (Dezeen / Art Review)

The Lesser Known Architecture photographs will also be produced as limited edition prints available to purchase from the Design Museum Shop.

Lesser Known Architecture is part of the London Festival of Architecture 2013.

Thu, 06 Jun 2013
‘SWING VOTE’ ASKS THE PUBLIC: SHOULD HOME 3D PRINTING BE REGULATED?

Design Museum has commissioned a live vote machine to celebrate an upcoming exhibition about the future. A 3D printing machine will build a mystery object during TEDxHousesofParliament at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre on 14 June. ‘Swing Vote’ is a machine specially built for the Design Museum that literally translates the power of public opinion into a physical force. A global audience will be asked to vote on a question put by the Director of the Design Museum, Deyan Sudjic: ‘Should home 3D printing be regulated?’ Powered by social media, composed of a large pendulum and a 3D printer, and designed by Pan Studios, ‘Swing Vote’ charges itself on the votes in favour of 3D printing regulation. But for every vote it receives for unregulated use it will relax. At the critical moment – at the end of the day’s conference - the pendulum will be released. If it has enough potential energy then it will smash through a Stop button connected to the 3D printer. If not, the finished object will be presented to the crowd.

Votes will be collected on the day via Twitter: #futureishere @DesignMuseum. Before the conference is over, the printer will complete its job - unless the public votes to stop it.

Design Museum is to launch a major new exhibition, The Future is Here: A New Industrial Revolution (opens July 24) about the sweeping changes in manufacturing that are transforming our world. New manufacturing techniques will involve the users of products as never before, revolutionising the role of the consumer. How we manufacture, fund, distribute, and buy everything from cars to shoes is progressing fast. The Future is Here shows what that means for all of us. The boundaries between designer, maker and consumer are disappearing with a growing movement of ‘hacktivists’, who share and download digital designs online in order to customise them for new uses. In a highly experimental move the museum will house the first ‘Factory’ of its kind where visitors can discover how 3D printing works and witness live production.

The exhibition looks at what exactly drives innovation and how it can lead to increased productivity and economic growth. A visit will reveal how the new industrial revolution has the potential to affect everyone, radically altering our attitudes to the pace of change driven by new technology. For example, open access means that it is now possible for anyone with an internet connection to download the digital files that could be used to print a gun at
home.

Mass customisation is a central story: from trainer manufacturers offering personalised shoes on a global scale, to 3D printed dolls with features that consumers can design and order online. A carbon loom invented by Lexus to weave car parts such as steering wheels and dashboards from strong carbon fibre is represented, and other exhibits include an open-source approach to architecture, the WikiHouse.

Emerging technologies and platforms such as crowd funding, social networking digital looms, online marketplaces, 3D printing, nanotechnology, biotech, networked manufacturing, CNC [computer numerical controlled] routing and open-source micro computing, are all removing the barriers of access to manufacturing. It is the role of designers and the design process to participate in exciting new technologies, so that more people than ever before can take part in the production of our physical world. The Future is Here presents today's emerging technologies that will become the growth sectors of tomorrow.

Deyan Sudjic, Director, Design Museum, says: ‘200 years ago what happened in Lancashire’s cotton mills and Cornwall’s tin mines changed the world. Now it’s the turn of Silicon Roundabout and the hacktivists.’

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson says: 'The latest Design Museum exhibition shows how manufacturing and the relationship between designer and customer could change in a very short space of time. Our city's future prosperity depends on the ability to stay at the forefront of innovation. With the most creative designers based here and a burgeoning technology sector, London is well-placed to maximise the potential of links between design and technology, which will become increasingly important as we compete on the global stage.'

Alex Newson, Curator, Design Museum, says: ‘Will changes in traditional manufacturing cause a reversal of the traditional manufacturing powerbases? Small-scale makers and sellers have typically produced the type of objects that factories don’t. But what if small companies, or even individuals, began making objects that were previously only viable, either technologically or economically, through mass-manufacture?’

Thu, 16 May 2013
Design Museum Wins Prestigious Museum Award

The Design Museum’s education programme Design Ventura was awarded The Educational Initiative prize at Museum & Heritage Awards 2013. Design Ventura, now in its fourth year, is a design competition for schools aimed at 13 -16 year olds and is developed in partnership with Deutsche Bank. Design Ventura was launched in 2010 and aims to develop student creativity and enterprise skills. Pupils work in teams to pitch ideas for a new product to be stocked in the Design Museum Shop. The winning team receives a £1,000 bursary and a programme of workshops and guidance from professional designers to develop the winning design which is sold exclusively in the museum shop.

The award was accepted by Alice Black Deputy Director of the Design Museum and Chris Ruse, Director of Capital Markets and Treasury, from Deutsche Bank at an awards ceremony held at 8 Northumberland in Central London.

Alice Black, Deputy Director of The Design Museum comments: ‘Its an honour to win The Education Initiative Award for Design Ventura, for the past 10 years Deutsche Bank has worked with the Design Museum to deliver inspired learning opportunities and we are delighted that Design Ventura has been recognised as a leading education programme.’

Lareena Hilton, Global Head of Brand & Visual Identity, UK Head of Communications & CSR at Deutsche Bank, said: ‘Design Ventura encapsulates what Deutsche Bank's youth engagement programme is all about - preventing youth unemployment through smart, innovative interventions. I'm delighted to see the project's impact on young people's futures recognised’.

Over 10,000 students have taken part in Design Ventura and its digital version, Virtual Ventura since 2010. Aside from the benefits of working to a real brief, Design Ventura supports qualifications including GCSE Design and Technology, Business Studies and Enterprise education. The Design Museum’s Christian Louboutin exhibition, the museum’s most popular exhibition to date, was Highly Commended as a Touring and Temporary Exhibition in last night’s Awards Ceremony. The Louboutin exhibition is touring to Canada and opens on 21 June at Design Exchange, Toronto.

Design Ventura was joint winner alongside the National Centre for Citizenship and Law.

Fri, 03 May 2013
DESIGNERS IN RESIDENCE 2013 ANNOUNCED

The Design Museum’s annual Designers in Residence programme provides a platform to celebrate new and emerging designers at an early stage in their career. The programme is now in its sixth year and is a core part of the exhibition programme demonstrating the Design Museum’s commitment to support and encourage new design talent.

'This year, the Designers in Residence 2013 programme will be based on an exploration of how design in any field can be used to convey, to create, or to reflect a sense of identity.' -Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum.

The 2013 Designers in Residence are:

ADAM NATHANIEL FURMAN | Adam will explore the concept of identity in ‘our globalised mass culture which at times can be a confusing and unstable’ and presents his findings through blogs, objects and film. Furman graduated from the Architectural Association in 2009 and is currently working at Ron Arad Associates. His recent designs use new fabrication techniques including 3D printing, as well as more traditional ceramic production to express his interest in architectural history, theory and speculative architecture.

EUNHEE JO | Eunhee’s research looks at the surface quality of things. During her residency Jo will develop new surfaces made of fabric or paper which will be embedded with technology. Jo will use this embedded material to create a light and Hi-Fi system that offer new possible encounters with what we regard as everyday items and in doing so creating new aesthetic possibilities. After studying Mechanical System and Design Engineering at Hongik University, Jo has completed the combined Innovation Design Engineering Masters at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College, London. She has previously worked at Seoul based Cloud and Co, a design studio founded by Yeongkyu Yoo.

CHLOE MEINECK | Chloe will develop a memory box to be used by people suffering with dementia or memory loss. Seeking to create an alternative therapy for patients Meineck’s memory box can be used by individuals and the families of those who have a confused or fading sense of personal memory and identity. Meineck studied 3D Design at Brighton University and has recently completed a Craft and Technology residency funded by the Crafts Council in association with Autonomatic at Falmouth University’s Academy for Innovation and Research, PM Studio in Bristol and iDAT in Bristol.

THOMAS THWAITES | Thomas will explore how the collating of personal information from the internet could, in addition to boosting consumer knowledge, also be used to inform people about themselves and their own identity. Thwaites will develop an interactive webpage that will act like a ‘self-help book’ and may aid people to make some choice changes about their personality and identity. Thwaites studied a Human Sciences degree at University College, London, and also Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art, London.

Designers in Residence will be on show at the Design Museum from 4 September 2013 -12 January 2014.

#DesignersinResidence

Tue, 30 Apr 2013
NEW EXHIBITION | United Micro Kingdoms (UmK): A Design Fiction

United Micro Kingdom (UmK): A Design Fiction presents multiple perspectives on a fictional United Kingdom, as imagined by designers and educators Dunne & Raby. The exhibition sees England devolved into four selfcontained counties or micro kingdoms, each free to experiment with governance, economy and lifestyle.Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby use elements of industrial design, architecture, politics, science and sociology to provoke debate around the power and potential of design. The exhibition challenges assumptions about how products and services are made and used, through reinterpretations of the car and other transport systems. Dunne & Raby interrogate the potential for design borrowing methods from literature and art and apply them to the real world as thought experiments. Their design practice uses design to explore the social, cultural and ethical implications of emerging technologies.

The four micro kingdoms explored in the exhibition are:

DIGITARIANS
Digitarians depend on digital technology and all its implicit totalitarianism: tagging, metrics, total surveillance, tracking, data logging and 100% transparency. Their society is organised entirely by market forces; citizen and consumer are the same.

COMMUNO-NUCLEARISTS
The Communo-nuclearist society is a no-growth, limited populationexperiment. Using nuclear power to deliver near limitless energy, the state provides everything needed for their continued survival. Although they are energy rich it comes at a price — no one wants to live near them. Under
constant threat of attack or accident, they live on a continually moving, 3 kilometre, nuclear-powered mobile landscape.

ANARCHO-EVOLUTIONISTS
The Anarcho-evolutionists abandon most technologies, or at least stop developing them, and concentrate on using science to maximise their own physical capabilities through training, DIY biohacking and selfexperimentation. They believe that humans should modify themselves to
exist within the limits of the planet rather than modifying the planet to meet their ever growing needs.

BIOLIBERALS
Bioliberals fully embrace biotechnology and the new values that this entails.Biology is at the centre of their world-view, leading to a radically different technological landscape to our own. Each person produces their own energy according to their needs. Bioliberals are essentially farmers, cooks
and gardeners. Not just of plants and food, but of products too. Gardens, kitchens and farms replace factories and workshop.

Explore each of the super-shrines on the UMK website Which Fictional Future could you see yourself in?

#DesignFiction

Admission:
£11.85 Adults (£10.75 without donation)
£10.70 Concession (£9.70 without donation)
£7.50 Student (£6.50 without donation)

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Tue, 16 Apr 2013
Designs of the Year 2013 winner announcement

The website GOV.UK has won the Design Museum Design of the Year Award 2013.

Deyan Sudjic, Director of Design Museum said: ‘GOV.UK is a remarkable success on so many levels. It makes life better for millions of people coping with the everyday chores, from getting a new passport, to paying their taxes. It’s a reflection of the government understanding how to communicate with the country in a way that works, it’s simple, direct, well mannered, all the things that we would like to take for granted from the government, but in a sea of red tape and jargon, usually can’t. GOV.UK looks elegant, and subtly British thanks to a revised version of a classic typeface, designed by Margaret Calvert back in the 1960s. It is the Paul Smith of websites. The rest of the world is deeply impressed, and because it has rationalised multiple official websites, it saves the taxpayer millions, what’s not to like?’

The award was presented to Mike Bracken, Executive Director of GDS, Ben Terrett Head of Design at GDS and Nick Hurd Minister for Civil Society at an awards reception held at Angler, South Place Hotel, London. The jury unanimously agreed that GOV.UK was the overall winner for Design of the Year 2013 for its well thought out yet understated design, making the user experience faster and easier. The website is regarded as one of the leading government websites in the world.

The Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minister and Conservative Party Leader said: ‘I am delighted that the GOV.UK website has won the Design of the Year Award 2013. This government is committed to being the most transparent in the world. For the first time, people can find out what's happening inside government, all in one place, and in a clear and consistent format. It is just another example of Britain's world class design talent standing out on the global stage; in this case helping to enhance the modern relationship between the public and government.’ 

Design of the Year jury member Griff Rhys Jones comments: ‘It is an extremely complicated task to look through such a vast array of design and decide upon one winner. You end up with arguments for and against all the nominations but in the end GOV.UK was a clear winner. It’s a vote of confidence to the idea that the government can lead the way with simple and clever design. It creates a benchmark for which all international government websites can be judged on.'

Discover more about this year's nominees and category winners, and book your tickets to Designs of the Year, now on show at the Design Museum.

Mon, 15 Apr 2013
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Second Floor Closed

The second floor gallery is currently closed until Friday 19 April 2013 to install forthcoming exhibition United Micro Kingdoms. During this period there will be no access to Designers in Residence on the same floor.

There will be a reduced ticket entry to Designs of the Year on the first floor during this time:
£8.80 adult
£7.70 concession
£5.50 student

Book your tickets in advance on Ticketweb (booking fee applies)

Wed, 10 Apr 2013
Designs of the Year category winners announced

The Design Museum announces the seven category winners for the annual Designs of the Year Awards. The awards celebrate the best of international design from the last 12 months. The overall winner for the Design of the Year 2013 will be announced on Tuesday 16 April.

The seven category winners include GOV.UK, a new government website which promises to revolutionise its online communications, bringing together different government websites into one single site. Other winners include the renovation and re-imagining of a faded 1960's tower block in Paris, a landmark documentary on fashion icon Diana Vreeland, a re-invention of the wheel in the form of a unique folding wheel which can be applied to bicycles and wheelchairs and a chair constructed using the latest computer technology.

The seven category winners are:

Architecture: TOUR BOIS-LE-PRÊTRE, PARIS
Designed by Frédéric Druot, Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal

Digital: GOV.UK WEBSITE
Designed by Government Digital
Service

Fashion: DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL
Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland

Furniture: MEDICI CHAIR
Designed by Konstantin Grcic for
Mattiazzi

Graphics: VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE IDENTITY
Designed by John Morgan Studio

Products: KIT YAMOYO
Designed by ColaLife and PI Global

Transport: MORPH FOLDING WHEEL
Designed by Vitamins for
Maddak Inc.

Pete Collard, Curator of Designs of the Year comments:
‘Designs of the Year is the Design Museum’s authoritative review of the most innovative, forward-thinking and culturally relevant projects from the past twelve months. The work selected demonstrates the many ways in which design can transform our physical and cultural landscape.’

The seven winning designs will now compete for the overall Design of the Year 2013, to be announced on 16 April. The winning entries, along with all the shortlisted designs are on show at the Design Museum until 7 July 2013.

Tue, 16 Apr 2013
Longlunch with StudioMakgill

StudioMakgill is a Brighton-based design agency. Founded in 2007 by Hamish Makgill, it focuses on the creation of brand identities that are as successful in print as they are on screen. Find out about their work for clients from a variety of sectors, from creating the identity for a range of cosmetics to shaping the look and feel of a successful tapas restaurant in north London.

Booking
Tickets: £17, students £12, Design Museum members £8.50
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Thu, 04 Apr 2013
Design Museum Competition in collaboration with MADE.com

To celebrate the forthcoming exhibition 'The Future is Here: A New Industrial Revolution', the museum is collaborating with MADE.com, Kvadrat, the Technology Strategy Board, and YOU to design a new piece of furniture.

A shortlist will be selected from all the entries and the winner will be chosen from this list by public vote. The winning design will go into production, to be sold through the MADE.com website and will feature in the Design Museum exhibition from 24 July to 15 November 2013.

Enter your sofa design here

Deadline: 17.00 BST, 8 April 2013

Wed, 27 Mar 2013
Arts Council England awards funding for Design Museum through the Renaissance Strategic Support Fund

Design Museum is one of eleven organisations in London who will receive a collective total of £2.9 million through the second round of the Renaissance Strategic support fund from Arts Council England today.

Moira Sinclair, Executive Director London, Arts Council England said: 'London is home to some of the greatest museums in the world. The museum sector in London is vital and our funding for small and medium sized museums will help them to enhance the visitors' experience and shine a light on little known aspects of our heritage. Our investment in London will continue next year and the next round of applicants for funding will open in Autumn 2013. We hope that the sector can go from strength to strength and we look forward to many new and innovative projects.'

The Design Museum grant will be a major step in its move to new premises at the former Commonwealth Institute in Kensington High Street in 2015, specifically supporting its work on its permanent collection.

Mon, 18 Mar 2013
Designs of the Year 2013

Designs of the Year 2013 closes on the 7 July. In the last five years the exhibition has been visited by over 400,000 visitors and each year celebrates the best in design from around the world over the past 12 months. The exhibition has become the focus for much debate and this year’s winner GOV.UK was the first Digital design to scoop the winner’s award for Design of the Year.

To celebrate the closing weeks of the exhibition the Design Museum will be holding the first ever Visitor Vote. Within the exhibition a pop-up polling station will be created to find out the visitors favourite designs from the 99 nominations. In the exhibition, a giant grid will be created where visitors can identify their favourite nomination, from which a winner in each category and one overall winner will be announced. The system of using stickers to decide the winner is a homage to Yayoi Kusama’s (nominee in Design of the Year 2013) installation at the Tate Modern in 2012.

Media Partners:
Gizmodo UK
It's Nice That

The winner will be announced on Friday 5 July.

Wed, 30 Jan 2013
NEW EXHIBITION: Design Museum Collection

Extraordinary Stories about Ordinary Things
Discover key designs that have shaped the modern world and be inspired by this fascinating exhibition of memorable objects from the Design Museum Collection. From the telephone box to motorway signs, explore everyday designs with extraordinary stories.

Six design stories offer a diverse look at design tracing the history and processes of contemporary design. The show includes furniture, product, fashion, transport and architecture alongside a selection of prototypes, models and specially commissioned films.

Admission:
£11.85 Adults (£10.75 without donation)
£10.70 Concession (£9.70 without donation)
£7.50 Student (£6.50 without donation)

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Mon, 25 Feb 2013
Late Night Opening

Tonight, Friday 1 March, the museum is open from 6.30pm - 10pm so you can enjoy current exhibitions until late. The Shop and Cafe are also open and there are a whole range of workshops and activities to take part in. If you can't make that late night you can book now for the quick fire presentations on fair trade textiles at the museum on the evening of Monday 4 March.

Thu, 17 Jan 2013
OPEN CALL: Designers in Residence 2013

The Design Museum is looking for the next set of Designers in Residence for the 2013 programme.
Celebrating new and emerging design talent, the Design Museum’s annual Designers in Residence programme supports designers at an early stage in their career. The brief this year is Identity set by Design Museum Director, Deyan Sudjic:

“We use design to define who we are, both as individuals, and as societies. Designers can shape objects, places and processes to reflect the values and the identity of those who use them. This year, the Designers in Residence 2013 programme will be based on an exploration of how design in any field can be used to convey, to create, or to reflect a sense of identity. We invite product, furniture, fashion, graphic, spatial or interaction designers to explore these ideas in an object, an environment or an experience for their proposal.?

HOW TO APPLY
To apply for Designers in Residence 2013 programme complete and submit the online application form.
Alternatively you can email the application form PDF and required visual material to residence2013@designmuseum.org

The deadline for applications is 5pm, Thursday 28 February 2013.

Fri, 11 Jan 2013
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Second Floor Closed

The second floor gallery is currently closed until Wednesday 30 January 2013 to install forthcoming exhibition Extraordinary Stories about Ordinary Things. During this period there will be no access to Designers in Residence on the same floor.

You can still see jewellery exhibition Unexpected Pleasures: The Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery on the first floor and for a reduced ticket entry.

Admission:
£9.50 Adults (£8.60 without donation)
£8.30 Concession (£7.55 without donation)
£5.95 Student (£5.40 without donation)

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Mon, 07 Jan 2013
New vacancy: Digital Content Coordinator

The Design Museum is one of the world’s leading museums online with a substantial social media presence, popular, accessible and shareable content and one of the cultural sector’s most successful apps. The museum has a flexible, iterative, dispersed approach to digital that needs an outstanding person who will take responsibility for its coordination.

The museum is a demanding and complex environment in which the Digital Content Coordinator guides, influences and delivers exceptional digital support for all museum departments. You will have visual flair, attention to detail and be a hard worker – capable of responding whenever your support is needed. You will be very good at identifying opportunities and staying focused on the needs of the target audiences identified by the museum. You will work with some of the best designers, communicators, curators and thinkers in the world.

Download the full job description PDF

To apply for the role please send a covering letter and CV to communications@designmuseum.org
Application deadline: 5pm, Monday 21 January 2013

Fri, 28 Dec 2012
Arise Sir Kenneth Grange

Kenneth Grange, the subject of a major Design Museum exhibition last year, has been knighted in the New Years Honours list. Design Museum Director, Deyan Sudjic, said of Grange, "Kenneth Grange is the man who made Britain modern; perhaps the country’s first real industrial designer, shaping everything from parking meters to sewing machines, razors and the ubiquitous Kenwood mixer. He has had the kind of career that simply would not be possible today, leaving school with a minimum of formal design training, but able to provide powerful convincing form to objects at every scale. His post boxes, trains and bush shelters form the background to daily life in Britain, and make it that much more civilised. His keen sense of observation has revitalised the Anglepoise and the London taxi. The Design Museum congratulates Kenneth for all that he has achieved." Read more about Kenneth Grange in the Design Library. Own a Kenneth Grange product from the Design Museum Shop.

Tue, 04 Dec 2012
New Exhibition of Jewellery

Visit the museum to see a great and surprising range of materials, ideas and styles in a new exhibition on contemporary jewellery. Critics have said that Unexpected Pleasures: The Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery "blurs the lines between sculpture and adornment" and "challenges the conventional functions of jewellery". Find out for yourself what jewellery can mean in this exciting new exhibition. Open everyday 10am - 5.45pm.

Thu, 20 Dec 2012
Design Gifts

The Design Museum Shop is open everyday 10am - 5.45pm for all the design gifts you need, whether they be stocking fillers or design classics. The Shop closes at 2pm on Christmas Eve so don't delay. A better life through design awaits.

Wed, 19 Dec 2012
Hurry, hurry

Don't miss the last posting date for the Design Museum Shop! Order before 6pm on 20 December to ensure design loveliness is delivered to your door before Christmas.

Mon, 19 Nov 2012
First Floor Gallery Closed until 5 December 2012

Until Wednesday 5 December 2012 the first floor gallery is closed to install forthcoming exhibition Unexpected Pleasures. You can still see current exhibitions Digital Crystal and Designers in Residence on the second floor for a reduced ticket entry.

Admission to current exhibitions:
£8 Adults (£7.20 without donation)
£7 Concession £7 (£6.30 without donation)
£5.50 Student (£5 without donation)

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Tue, 13 Nov 2012
Shop late until 10pm on Friday 7 December

Find all of your festive design gifts from the Design Museum Shop on Friday 7 December from 6.30pm. Take advantage of the museum's late opening with a night of shopping, wrapping, exhibitions, music and more.

Browse online now or book tickets in advance.

Tue, 06 Nov 2012
November Late Night Talks and Events

Don't miss out! Book in advance for a design lecture or event from the November talks programme including: China's Design Revolution, Designer Breakfasts and design speed-dating Designer Nights.

Monday 12 November, 7.30pm
LONGLUNCH WITH JULIAN HOUSE OF INTRO

Tuesday 20 November, 7.30pm
CHINA'S DESIGN REVOLUTION

Friday 23 November, 7.30pm
THRIFT DESIGNER NIGHT

Tuesday 27 November, 8am - 9.30am
DESIGNER BREAKFASTS

Friday 30 November, 4pm
FRIDAY SALON: DESIGNERS IN RESIDENCE

Friday 30 November, 7.30pm
DIGITAL CRYSTAL DESIGNER NIGHT

Details about each talk and booking details on the talks page.

Wed, 31 Oct 2012
Talk: Digital Crystal and the Commissioning Process Monday 5 November

How do you commission design that is challenging and encourages designers to share their most radical ideas? What is the impact and purpose of commissioning today? Find out as Design Museum Director Deyan Sudjic with Nadja Swarovski asks contributors from current exhibition Digital Crystal: Swarovski at the Design Museum.

Confirmed speakers include:
Nadja Swarovski (Head of Corporate Communications and Member of the Executive Board, Swarovski Crystal Business), Suzanne Trocme (Curatorial Consultant, Swarovski) and designers Maarten Baas, Paul Cocksedge and Hilda Hellstrom.

Booking
Tickets £15 / members £7.50
Includes entry to the exhibition before and after the talk.
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Fri, 12 Oct 2012
Nifty Notebooks

We’ve halved the price of our exclusive Design Museum Notebooks, including the special edition Wim Crouwel and Designed to Win embossed exhibition cover by Fernando Gutierrez.

Our stylish notebooks are available with plain, lined or gridded paper. Each book comes with a sheet of coloured section labels and features an internal pocket and printed ruler.

Hurry now while stocks last.

Design Museum Shop

Wed, 03 Oct 2012
Save the Date: Family Day

Family Day returns on Sunday 14 October with an exciting programme of activities including: storytelling by Vanessa Woolf and an interactive workshop with Designer in Residence Yuri Suzuki.

Family Day programme (PDF)

Recommended for children aged 5 - 11.
Family Day activities are FREE with museum entry, which includes entry to all current exhibitions. You can buy exhibition tickets in advance via Ticketweb.
Free entry for Under 12's and members

Tue, 18 Sep 2012
Ground Breaking for the new Design Museum

Founder of the Design Museum Sir Terence Conran and Director Deyan Sudjic were joined by leading architects and designers, to celebrate the ground breaking of the new Design Museum at the former Commonwealth Institute on Kensington High Street. See images of the ceremony on the project website.

Read the ground breaking press release (PDF)

Wed, 12 Sep 2012
Design-a-Radio Competition winner revealed

Earlier this year, BBC Radio 4 Today programme hosted a competition asking listeners to design a limited edition radio to raise money for Children in Need. Design Museum Director, Deyan Sudjic, was part of the judging panel who helped to decide the winning radio design.

View a photo gallery of all the entries and audio slide show of the deliberations by the judges.

The winning radio is currently in production and goes on sale this Autumn for a limited period. For more information about the winning radio, including how to pre-order visit the BBC website.

Mon, 10 Sep 2012
Bill Moggridge 1943 - 2012

Director of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and advocate for the value of design Bill Moggridge has died 8 September 2012, aged 69. Designer of the first laptop computer, co-founder of renowned and innovative design firm IDEO and Design Museum Trustee 1992 – 1995, Bill pioneered interaction design and integrated human factors into the design of computer software and hardware.

View a tribute to Bill Moggridge on the Smithsonian website

Thu, 06 Sep 2012
Vacancy: Learning Manager

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic educator to join the museum’s Learning Department, managing the learning programme for Schools, Colleges and Higher Education audiences.

The Learning Manager will work within the Design Museum Learning Department leading on the development and delivery of learning programmes for the Schools, Colleges and HE sectors, the management of the Handling Collection; of budgets and of freelance staff. In particular, this role will be instrumental in extending our FE programme for vocational learners, supporting Level 3 students to understand the professional practices of contemporary designers and extending our offer to the HE design sector, positioning the Design Museum as a core resource.

View the full job description and specification (PDF)

To apply for the Learning Manager role please email a covering letter and CV to learning@designmuseum.org

Application deadline: 12 noon, Monday 10 September
Interviews: Wednesday 26 September

Thu, 06 Sep 2012
Get online and join the conversation in Digital Crystal

Watch behind the scenes films and find out more about the participating designers at the exhibition microsite. Take part by Tweet and Instagram with your digital memories #digitalcrystal.

Wed, 05 Sep 2012
New Exhibitions Open Today

See 15 unique installations exploring the future of memory in Digital Crystal: Swarovski at the Design Museum, alongside new work in response to the theme 'Thrift' by this year's Designers in Residence 2012. Both exhibitions open at the museum today.

Book tickets to both shows in advance from Ticketweb.co.uk

Mon, 03 Sep 2012
Digtal Crystal

New exhibition Digital Crystal: Swarovski at the Design Museum opens Wednesday 5 September. Preview the exhibition in pictures here. Take part in the exhibition by Tweet and Instagram with your digital memories #digitalcrystal.

Wed, 25 Jul 2012
Design Museum awarded £4.65M Heritage Lottery Fund

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded the Design Museum a grant of £4.65million towards its plans to create the world’s leading museum of contemporary design and architecture at the former Commonwealth Institute in Kensington. This grant is in addition to the £300,000 of development funding awarded by HLF in September 2010.

So far good progress has been made towards raising the necessary funds to complete the new Design Museum project which is due to open in late 2014. The campaign also aims to raise an endowment fund to ensure the long-term sustainability of the museum.

Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum said:
‘This is a vital step forward for the new Design Museum and an outstanding vote of confidence in the future of this very exciting project.’

Sue Bowers, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund London,
comments ‘We are delighted to be supporting this transformational project that will see the Design Museum, London relocated to a new and improved home. The move to the former Commonwealth Institute building will not only give this iconic building a new and long-term use, but will also allow the Design Museum’s extensive permanent collection to be available for free for the first time. With three times the space of the museums former home in Shad Thames visitors will be able to better appreciate Britain’s considerable design achievements. This is an exemplary project that will transform the museum’s important collections and add to Kensington’s already thriving cultural quarter.’

The museum has made great progress towards its fundraising target through pledges and donations including: The Conran Foundation, The Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation, the Atkin Foundation, The Hans and Marit Rausing Charitable Trust, The Wolfson Foundation, The Garfield Weston Foundation, Sir Siegmund Warburg’s Voluntary Settlement, 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust, The Arnold Foundation and The Department for Culture Media and Sport.

Full Press Release (PDF)

Wed, 25 Jul 2012
Designed to Win Opens

Coinciding with London's biggest year of sport, Designed to Win explores the various ways in which design has shaped the sporting world. The exhibition charts key moments where design has played a significant role in progressing sport from performance and safety to new materials and technology.

Book tickets in advance

Please see the Visit Us page for exhibition opening hours between 26 July - 9 September.

Wed, 04 Jul 2012
IMPORTANT NEWS: Gallery Closures in July

Both galleries at the museum will be closed to the public between 10 - 25 July to install forthcoming exhibition Designed to Win. The Design Museum Shop and Cafe are open.

GALLERY CLOSURES:

Between 12 - 23 July
Both galleries CLOSED
Ground floor of the museum OPEN for Design Museum Takeover. View the programme.

Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 July
Both galleries CLOSED
Design Museum Shop and Cafe remain OPEN

Thursday 26 July
The museum is OPEN on the first floor from 10am - 5pm for the Designed to Win exhibition.
Second floor gallery CLOSED

Between 26 July - Tuesday 4 September
Second floor gallery CLOSED until the Digital Crystal exhibition opens on 5 September.
Designed to Win open 11am - 7.30pm

Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause during this exceptional period. For information about opening times and gallery closures, contact the Ticket Office:
T 020 7940 8783
E tickets@designmuseum.org

Mon, 09 Jul 2012
COMING SOON: Designed to Win

Opens 26 July 2012
Coinciding with London's biggest year of sport, Designed to Win explores the various ways in which design has shaped the sporting world. The exhibition charts key moments where design has played a significant role in progressing sport from performance, safely and fashion to new materials and technology. Visit the exhibition

Book exhibition tickets in advance from Ticketweb.co.uk

Wed, 04 Jul 2012
Christian Louboutin - Final week

It's the last chance to see the this acclaimed exhibition before it closes on Monday 9 July. With over 200 shoes, a hologram performance with Dita Von Teese and material drawn from his personal archive, this exhibition is fashion must see.

The museum is open late until 9.45pm on Saturday 7 July.
Book exhibition tickets in advance

Tue, 19 Jun 2012
Louboutin exhibition breaks visitor figure records

The Christian Louboutin exhibition has broken all previous visitor figure records. It's the last chance to see the acclaimed exhibition with just one week left to run before it closes on 9 July.

Christian Louboutin comments ‘It’s been a real pleasure to see a lot of my ‘babies’ featured all together for the first time. It’s not only an entire collection of shoes that I saw there but for me a huge collection of souvenirs, precious moments, and very rarely sorrows’

Deyan Sudjic Director of the Design Museum adds ‘Christian Louboutin’s exhibition has captivated visitors and brought the Design Museum a whole new audience.’

Donna Loveday, Exhibition Curator explains ‘I am so thrilled at the overwhelming response to this exhibition. With their instantly recognisable glossy red soles, Christian Louboutin’s shoes have become such an important part of the fashion landscape. Louboutin has built one of the most successful shoe brands in the world and this exhibition aims to give a deeper insight into the designer behind the famous shoes.’

To accommodate demand the museum will be open until 9.45pm on the following dates: Wednesday 27 June, Friday 29 June, Saturday 30 June and until 8pm on Sunday 1 July. There is also the Summer Party on Friday 29 June.

Book exhibition tickets in advance here.

Fri, 15 Jun 2012
Design Factory Brunch for HE Tutors

Tuesday 26 June, 10.30am, free

Free brunch to launch the museums annual Design Factory project for BA design students. Your chance to hear this year’s brief and discover how the Design Museum can support your students with opportunities to network and view the current exhibitions.

Design Factory enriches academic curricula by offering students a range of unique opportunities including:
• cross-over into the creative industries
• the motivational factor of external deadlines
• professional feedback on short-listed work
• input from practising designers at the Design Factory Student Symposium
• cross-college networking

Booking
To book a place at the Design Factory Brunch please contact the Learning team:
T 020 7940 8782
E designfactory@designmuseum.org

Mon, 11 Jun 2012
Design Education

"The Design Museum is delighted that Design and Technology will stay on the UK primary school curriculum, given the vital importance of fostering children’s key design skills, knowledge and insight for today’s complex world through tactile and creative learning. The museum strives to empower the next generation of designers, creative professionals and critical consumers and to inspire a lifelong passion for design, connecting the professional world of design with the lives of our learners from primary school onwards. The government’s decision to ensure that every primary school pupil continues to have the opportunity to experience design as part of a broad and balanced curriculum is warmly welcomed." Helen Charman, Head of Learning

Wed, 06 Jun 2012
Design Ventura 2012 - 2013

Registration is now open for school and colleges to enter design and enterprise competitions Design Ventura and Virtual Ventura. Both projects answer the same live brief which challenges students from Years 9, 10 and 11 to design a product for the Design Museum Shop.

Design Ventura is a live programme with workshops for London state schools, allocated on a first come first served basis.

Virtual Ventura is a self-directed, more flexible version of the project open to any school from the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man, and to British International Schools.

To register your school or college for Design or Virtual Ventura visit the Ventura website

Thu, 31 May 2012
Important information

Please note that due to security restrictions associated with the Jubilee celebrations there is no access to the Design Museum, or its riverfront, without a ticket on Sunday 3 June 2012. Tickets for the day have sold out. The museum is open as normal over the rest of the Bank Holiday weekend. Details of current exhibitions here.

Mon, 21 May 2012
Young designers Win Design and Dance Competition

The Design Museum and Big Dance invited children between the ages of 5 and 16 to design a travel card holder themed around the Big Dance 2012, capturing the spirit of dance and movement.

Two category winners:
Age 12 – 16 winner: Coco Cripps, Stockwell 15 years old
Age 5 – 11 winner: Katherine Yoon, Barbican 10 years old

The winning travel card designs were revealed on Saturday 19 May and now on sale in the Design Museum Shop.

The museum received nearly 300 entries. See the lists of runners-up here.

Wed, 23 May 2012
Jonathan Ive Knighted

Today Jonathan Ive was knighted at Buckingham Palace. Read Sir Jonathan Ive's analysis of the evolution of key Apple products in the Design Museum's online exhibition or read his biography in the Design Library.

"The Design Museum warmly welcomes Jonathan Ive’s Knighthood in recognition of the extraordinary contribution he has made to design. He is a brilliant talent and an outstanding ambassador for British design worldwide and the critical role that it plays in all our lives."

Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum

Mon, 30 Apr 2012
Christian Louboutin

Retrospective exhibition of Christian Louboutin is now open. Be the first to see the installation celebrating 20 years of his career. With over 200 shoes, a hologram performance with Dita Von Teese and material drawn from his personal archive, this exhibition is fashion must see. #LouboutinRetrospective

Tue, 24 Apr 2012
London 2012 Olympic Torch wins Designs of the Year

Wins the Designs of the Year 2012. British studio Barber Osgerby were chosen from 89 entries for their stunning design of the London 2012 Olympic Torch. The award, designed by Swarovski was presented by Anya Hindmarch at the awards ceremony held at the Design Museum.

Deyan Sudjic Director of the Design Museum said of the winning entry ‘Nothing is harder to get right than designing for the Olympics. The lightness and simplicity of Barber Osgerby’s London 2012 Olympic Torch does just that. The torch not only captures the spirit of London as Olympic host city but also demonstrates how design can celebrate traditional ideas in a modern way’.

Seven Category awards were also presented at the ceremony:
Architecture Award: London 2012 Velodrome by Hopkins Architects
Fashion Award: 132 5. collection by Issey Miyake
Digital Award: Microsoft Kinect for Xbox 360
Graphic Award: Nokia Pure typeface by Dalton Maag
Furniture Category: 1.3 Chair by Kihyun Kim
Product: London 2012 Olympic Torch by Barber Osgerby
Transport Award: Redesign of the Emergency Ambulance

Read the full press release (PDF)

See images of the Designs of the Year awards ceremony at designsoftheyear.com

Thu, 12 Apr 2012
First Floor Gallery closed to until 1 May 2012

Until Tuesday 1 May 2012 the first floor gallery is closed to install forthcoming exhibition Christian Louboutin. You can still see the best designs from around the world in Designs of the Year for a reduced ticket entry.

Admission into Designs of the Year 2012:
£8 Adults (£7.20 without donation)
£7 Concession £7 (£6.30 without donation)
£5.50 Student (£5 without donation)

Book tickets in advance:
T 020 7940 8794
E tickets@designmuseum.org
W Ticketweb (booking fee applies)

For opening times see the Visit us page.

Thu, 12 Apr 2012
Designs of the Year 2012

Now in their fifth year, the Designs of the Year exhibition and awards celebrates the most innovative, useful or beautiful designs from around the world nominated in the categories Architecture, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Product and Transport.

Category award winners and the overall winner of the Designs of the Year will be announced at an awards event on 24 April 2012.

Visit the exhibition blog

Tue, 03 Apr 2012
Jasper Morrison Handlebar Table becomes part of the Design Museum Collection

With support from the Art Fund, the Design Museum has added the Jasper Morrison’s Handlebar Table, to its Collection. The Handlebar Table, designed in 1983 and regarded as Morrison’s first piece of significant furniture design, will go on to be displayed as part of an exhibition celebrating pieces from the museum’s collection.

With its unique bicycle handlebar base and top and Beachwood column, the Handlebar Table demonstrates Morrison’s simple, innovative approach to design. This piece defined the beginning of Morrison’s career and represents his moderate approach to the design excesses of the 1980s and an early fascination with the ‘found’ object.

Jasper comments, "This was one of my first designs, certainly the first 'commercial' project. I made it as an edition of 10, whilst a student at Kingston Polytechnic. I had read somewhere that Marcel Breuer had the idea for a chair in bended tubular steel after seeing some racing handlebars and in the spirit of the ready-made it seemed appropriate to use the handlebars themselves. The components cost me £20 each and I sold the tables for £100, which seemed like a good business at the time. Looking back at it now I would say the most relevant and important success of the design for my future development was the successful combination of the three materials (wood aluminium and glass) in their natural states. The somewhat eccentric shape of the table itself was fitting to mood of the time and my own frame of mind, a kind of poetic, anti-establishment, business like attitude!"

The Design Museum is developing its Collection ahead of its relocation to new premises at the former Commonwealth Institute, west London in 2014.

Read the full press release PDF

Wed, 28 Mar 2012
Design Museum Collection App

Available on iPad from today. Explore 59 remarkable objects from the museum's collection through film, commentary and photographs. Download for free from iTunes. #collectionapp

Fri, 16 Mar 2012
Jury announced for Designs of the Year 2012 Award

Designer Ilse Crawford has been announced as Chair of Jury for the Designs of the Year Awards 2012. Ilse will be joined on the panel by: Hella Jongerius, Sir George lacobescu, Henrietta Thompson and Evgeny Lebedev.
The category winners and overall winning design will be revealed at the awards event at the Design Museum on 24 April 2012.

Find out more about the 2012 jury on the exhibition blog designsoftheyear.com

Fri, 09 Mar 2012
Comment on plans for the New Design Museum

By sharing with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea your support for the museum’s planning applications for the new Design Museum you can contribute to rejuvenating this landmark building. If you think that the new Design Museum matters – get involved – take part in the debate about this important cultural project now.

The museum has two important planning applications submitted to support its move to the former Commonwealth Institute. These applications will soon be considered by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea planning committee, so if you have not had a chance already, it is now your opportunity to share your comments and help ensure the applications are approved.

The first application Reference PP/11/03333 is in support of extending the museum's opening hours, so that the museum can stay open from time to time beyond 10pm. This will allow the museum to hold evening events for the public, which are a critical part of its programme for visitors, but also help generate much needed income to support the museum's charitable activities.

The second application Reference LB/11/03340 shows the museum's scheme for reconfiguring the interior of the building. The plans online give a good outline of how the internal layout will be reconfigured to accommodate the museum's and its visitors’ needs. Specifically, this application is aiming to determine the size and location of the openings in the first and second floor that will form a new central atrium, create a second opening in the second floor, create two new mezzanine, one in the basement and one between ground floor and first floor levels which will echo the original dais. These changes will preserve stunning internal views of the distinctive ‘swept’ roof and will improve the quality of access in the public spaces.

There’s only one more week for opinions to be registered, the deadline is Friday 16 March.You can see an example letter that you can use here.

You can register your comments by:
Email planning@rbkc.gov.uk quoting the reference numbers in the subject line. Reference PP/11/03333 for the opening hours application, reference LB/11/03340, for the interior of the building.

Post your feedback quoting the reference numbers to:
Robert Lancaster, Department of Planning and Development
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Town Hall, Hornton Street,
London W8 7NX

Everyone, whether they in the borough or not, is able to respond to the proposed plans and we hope that you will support the ambitious vision for the building and the future life of the museum.

Visit the project website

Fri, 09 Mar 2012
Product fitness 80 display at Design Museum

9 - 18 March 2012
What would happen if we used 20% less materials and energy to make products? On the one year anniversary of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, Muji presents a display at the Design Museum that reconsiders the way we look at what makes good product design.

Find out more about Product fitness 80.

Mon, 05 Mar 2012
MA Curating Contemporary Design course

Recruiting now for the Design Museum's acclaimed MA Curating Contemporary Design course. Applications welcome for September 2012.

Now in its tenth year, the collaboration between Kingston University and the Design Museum has grown into one of the world’s foremost MA programmes for design curators.

Find out more about the MA Curating Contemporary Design course and how to apply.

Wed, 29 Feb 2012
Henley Review of Cultural Education

The Design Museum welcomes the launch of the published Henley Review of Cultural Education, in particular the recommendation that greater priority be given to the importance of design as a curriculum subject and Teacher CPD be developed with stronger links to industry.

At a time when the Design Museum is developing its activities and learning programme threefold as part of our proposed relocation and expansion from Shad Thames to the former Commonwealth Institute in late 2014, we warmly welcome the government’s response and look forward to developing the museum’s role in relation to the Review.

We strive to enrich and extend school design education by providing inspiration and insight into design embedded in its real world context, in order to better equip young people with the skills, knowledge and passion needed to help make a positive impact on today’s complex world, both as the designers of the future and as critical and thoughtful consumers.

Find out more and download the full Henley Report on the DCMS website.

Wed, 22 Feb 2012
Design Ventura and Virtual Ventura winners announced

The winners of the Design Ventura enterprise competition were announced at the celebration event hosted by Sebastian Conran at the Design Museum. Pupils from Walworth Academy, Southwark scooped the top prize for their brilliant new game, ‘Slick Shooter’.

‘Slick Shooter’ takes its inspiration from the traditional ‘tiddlywinks’, creating a cleverly designed, marketable and portable product, which can be assembled from a piece of plastic the size of an Oyster card. The pupils’ aim was to design a game that encourages young teenagers to play as a group.

The winning team will receive a £1,000 bursary and a five-day programme of workshops and guidance from professional designers to develop the game, which will be sold exclusively in the Design Museum Shop from summer 2012.

The winning Virtual Ventura design was also awarded to Simon Langton Boys Grammar School with their self-assembly plywood finger piano, Plyano.

The top Design Ventura entries are currently on display at the Design Museum in the Learning Centre on the second floor until Saturday 25 February.

See images from the celebration event on the Design Ventura blog.

Mon, 13 Feb 2012
New dates announced for the Christian Louboutin Exhibition

1 May - 8 July 2012
Opening to the public on Tuesday 1 May 2012, this major retrospective celebrates Christian Louboutin’s career to date and showcases twenty years of designs and inspiration, revealing the artistry and theatricality of his shoe design.

BOOKING
Tickets for the exhibition can be purchased in advance from Ticketweb within timed sessions each day. Last admission 30 minutes before the end of the session. (booking fee applies)
Morning session: 10am - 1.45pm
Afternoon session: 2pm - 5.45pm
Saturday evening session: 6pm - 9.45pm

Wed, 08 Feb 2012
Designs of the Year 2012

The exhibition opens today, showcasing the most innovative and progressive designs from around the world. See all the nominations at the museum across seven categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion , Furniture, Graphics, Product and Transport.

See all the nominations at a glance or visit the exhibition blog

Tue, 24 Jan 2012
The new Design Museum plans are revealed

The Design Museum today unveiled plans to create the world’s leading museum of design and architecture at the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington, London. Designs for the site have been produced by two of the world’s most innovative architectural practices: John Pawson has redesigned the interior of the Grade 2* listed building and OMA has planned the surrounding residential development.

The move will allow the new Design Museum to become a word class centre for design, nurturing British talent and its international influence on design of all kinds. It will bring the museum into Kensington’s cultural quarter, where it will join the V&A, Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Royal College of Art and Serpentine Gallery, creating a platform for the promotion and support of the next generation of creative talent.

The new building will open to the public in 2014, giving the Design Museum three times more space to showcase its unique collection. The museum aims to double its visitor numbers to 500,000 a year, and will greatly expand its education and public events programme with state of the art facilities.

Download the full press release (PDF)

Watch the new Design Museum film

Wed, 11 Jan 2012
Designs of the Year 2012 Nominees Announced

Designs of the Year 2012 longlist announced. Which designs will follow in the footsteps of winners such as the ingenious folding plug, the Obama election poster and the innovative Pluman lightbulb? Exhibition, featuring the entire longlist, opens 8 February.

Thu, 05 Jan 2012
Open Call for Designers in Residence 2012

The Design Museum is looking for the next set of Designers in Residence for the 2012 programme. Deadline for entries is 5pm on Monday 20 February, find out more about the residency and how to apply.

Fri, 30 Dec 2011
Congratulations Jonathan Ive

Designer Jonathan Ive has been awarded a KBE from the Queen today in the New Years Honours list. Deyan Sudjic, Design Museum Director said, "The Design Museum congratulates Jonathan Ive for this much deserved honour. Ive is the most gifted and successful designer of his generation, a man who has done as much as anybody to demonstrate that design matters. In Ive's hands, design is a powerful business tool, one which has done a lot to make Apple as successful as it has been. But Ive has also used design to create objects that give their users pleasure and machines that are simple and enjoyable to use. Even before he left Britain and moved to California his work was outstanding in its attention to the smallest detail, and for the way in which it made modern design part of the everyday world. Ive is the designer who helped us stop worrying about technology and start to love it. "

Fri, 23 Dec 2011
Design Overtime late night opening

20 January 2012 the museum is open until 10pm. Workshops, activities and talks curated by this year's Designers in Residence. See films from previous Design Overtimes.

Tue, 20 Dec 2011
Christmas opening hours

The museum is open until 2pm on Saturday 24 December, CLOSED Christmas Day and Boxing Day. See three exhibitions and enjoy delicious treats from the new cafe. There's never been a better time to visit the museum.

Thu, 01 Dec 2011
M1 Motorway Sign, AK-47 Rifle and Sony Walkman among 14 new acquisitions to the Collection

Fourteen design classics have been added to the Design Museum Collection, they include a Sony Walkman, a Kalashnikov AK-47 rifle and an example of the motorway signage system, whose standardised typeface, designed by Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert in 1960, has not changed to this day. The Design Museum is developing its Collection ahead of its relocation to new premises at the former Commonwealth Institute, Kensington in 2014.

See the full list of new acquisitions in current exhibition This is Design until 22 January 2012.

Thu, 01 Dec 2011
Terence Conran - The Way We Live Now

One of the world’s best-known designers, restaurateurs and retailers, The Way We Live Now explores Terence Conran’s design legacy, inspirations and his extraordinary impact on contemporary life in Britain.

Find out more

Wed, 16 Nov 2011
Terence Conran Exhibition Opens Today

One of the world’s best-known designers, restaurateurs and retailers, new exhibition The Way We Live Now explores Conran’s design legacy, inspirations and his extraordinary impact on contemporary life in Britain.

Visit the exhibition

Mon, 31 Oct 2011
First floor gallery closed until 16 November 2011

While the museum installs Terence Conran - The Way We Live Now the first floor gallery is closed. See current exhibitions on the second floor for a reduced ticket entry.

Admision into This is Design and Designers in Residence:
£8 Adults (£7.20 without donation)
£7 Concession £7 (£6.30 without donation)
£5.50 Student (£5 without donation)

Visit us

Mon, 31 Oct 2011
This is Design

See a celebration of the Design Museum’s Collection, which examines the impact of design on the modern world and how it shapes our lives and contemporary culture. Highlights include recent acquisitions to the Collection: Britain’s celebrated red telephone box, donated by BT and a set of traffic lights designed by David Mellor. Visit the exhibition

Fri, 21 Oct 2011
New podcast: Kenneth Grange

Recorded earlier this month at the Design Museum, author and journalist Barbara Chandler finds out how Kenneth Grange became one of Britain's leading product designers. Download the interview here

Tue, 18 Oct 2011
Family Drawing Tour, Sunday 23 October

Grab a pencil and join the family drawing tour through current exhibition This is Design. The half hour tour begins with a general introduction to the museum, then invites you to discover the iconic objects in the Design Museum Collection through a series of drawing exercises. Recommended for ages 7 + including grown ups too. Sketching paper and pencils will be provided.

Booking essential
Free with museum entry, but places are limited.
T 020 7940 8783
E tickets@designmuseum.org

Wed, 05 Oct 2011
Annual PUMA.Safe Sustainable Design Lecture

Annual PUMA.Safe Sustainable Design Lecture: Alejandro Aravena
Tuesday 18 October, 7.30pm.

The Design Museum welcomes executive director of Elemental S.A., Alejandro Aravena. The architect and designer discusses his approach to sustainability-informed design, demonstrated in work such as the Monterrey Housing project in Mexico, which gained Elemental S.A. a Designs of the Year nomination in 2010 for its innovative solution to low-cost, self-build social housing.

Booking
Tickets £15 / £7.50 members, includes entry to all current exhibitions before the talk.
T 020 7940 8783
E tickets@designmuseum.org
W Ticketweb (booking fee applies)

Sun, 25 Sep 2011
Book for Kenneth Grange

Tuesday 11 October, 7.30pm
Kenneth Grange Interview

In this informal interview, author and journalist Barbara Chandler will be asking Kenneth Grange to describe
his motivations, inspiration and the key achievements that have led him to become one of Britain’s leading product designers. With a prolific career that spans over 50 years, Grange is responsible for designing some of the most iconic and familiar products and appliances that continue to shape our daily lives. What does he think are his greatest achievements and what should we expect from designers in the future?

BOOKING
Tickets £15 / £7.50 Members
T 020 7940 8783
E tickets@designmuseum.org
W Ticketweb (booking fee applies)

Thu, 22 Sep 2011
Free workshops (and lamps!) this weekend

A busy weekend at the museum: drawing workshop in the KENWOOD kitchen on Saturday 2 - 4.30pm. Then on Sunday, its making and baking between 2 - 4.30pm. All activites free with museum entry and the first 50 people to visit the museum on Sunday get a FREE anglepoise lamp. Don't miss out.

KENWOOD KITCHEN WEEKEND - DOMESTIC MASTERY
Saturday 24 September, 2 – 4.30pm
Free with museum entry
It's drawing galore as the pop-up kitchen is trasformed into an artists studio for the afternoon. With sumptuous still life compositions to inspire, and Kenwood products as seen in Kenneth Grange - Making Britain Modern to act as your muse, draw and collage a contemporary masterpiece. Or closely examine and sketch current and vintage KENWOOD Chefs guided by members of their product design team.

KENWOOD KITCHEN WEEKEND - MAKE AND CAKE FAMILY WORKSHOP - FULLY BOOKED
Sunday 25 September, 2 – 4.30pm
Free with museum entry
Start with a kit of design materials, add a sprinkle of imagination and join our KENWOOD Kitchen-themed family workshop. Using a humble cardboard box, create a model of a fantastical labour saving gadget for your home inspired by the iconic and familiar products in the Kenneth Grange - Making Britain Modern exhibtions. Add a finishing touch by donning your own paper chef hat and decorating a delicious cupcake to take home.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Get a FREE lamp from Anglepoise
To celebrate the 2011 London Design Festival, the Design Museum and Anglepoise are giving away 50 Anglepoise lamps on Sunday 25 September. The first 50 people to buy a ticket to the Design Museum’s current exhibitions: Kenneth Grange – Making Britain Modern, This is Design and Designers in Residence, on Sunday 25 September will get a free Anglepoise Lamp Type 1228 special edition.

The Anglepoise Lamp Type 1228 was designed by Kenneth Grange in 2004 and a special edition was issued in 2011 in Daffodil Yellow to celebrate his exhibition. Entry to the Design Museum’s three current exhibitions is £10 plus a £1 voluntary donation.

The Anglepoises formed a display in the Design Museum Tank to celebrate the museum’s Kenneth Grange exhibition and are being given away as ex-display. There is one lamp per person, terms and conditions will be supplied with the lamp.

Tue, 23 Aug 2011
Designers in Residence

Jade Folawiyo, Simon Hasan, Hye-Yeon Park and Will Shannon are the Designers in Residence. Selected through an open-call for applications, these talented young designers have been asked to consider the idea of imperfection either in an object, environment or experience. See their remarkable designs in the gallery.

Mon, 08 Aug 2011
Creative Interpreters Volunteer Placements

September 2011 - March 2012
The Design Museum is looking for up to three volunteers aged 18 - 24 to help shape and develop the museums Young Peoples Get into Design Programme. We aim to work with three volunteers between September 2011- March 2012, to co-create exciting and inspiring design based activities for our younger audiences.

See further information about the placements on the vacancies page.

Mon, 08 Aug 2011
Kenneth Grange - Making Britain Modern

Kenneth Grange is Britain’s leading product designer, his prolific career spans over 50 years and he is responsible for designing some of the most iconic and familiar products and appliances that shape our daily lives. See the exhibition celebrating his remarkable career.

Tue, 19 Jul 2011
Making Britain Modern

Kenneth Grange is Britain’s leading product designer, his prolific career spans over 50 years and he is responsible for designing some of the most iconic and familiar products and appliances that shape our daily lives. Kodak cameras, the silhouette for the Intercity 125 train, Kenwood food mixers, Parker pens, and the re-design of the London black cab are just some of his well-known designs. Making Britain Modern, the exhibition celebrates his remarkable career.

Wed, 13 Jul 2011
Kids workshop Sunday 24 July

CHAMPION CHAIRS
Sunday 24 July, 2 - 4.30pm
Kids £4.50 (ages 5 - 11)
Explore the range of innovative chairs in the Brit Insurance Designs of the Year exhibition and then create your own miniature chair. Use your exciting ideas and unusual materials to transform your chair from an everyday piece of furniture into a champion chair!

Booking
Workshops are £4.50 per child and £11 for accompanying adults. Includes entry to all current exhibitions.
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Mon, 04 Jul 2011
Brit Insurance Designs of the Year

"Britain's top design award." This year's winner is the Plumen lightbulb. See all the nominations including the seven category winners in this year's exhibition. Also visit the exhibition blog.

Wed, 29 Jun 2011
Sir Terence Conran makes Major Gift to the Design Museum

The Trustees of the Design Museum announced (29 June 2011) a major gift by the Conran Foundation, endowed by Sir Terence Conran towards the museum’s new development project. This will help to create the world’s leading museum of contemporary design and architecture in London.

Sir Terence Conran, who celebrates his 80th birthday in October this year, met the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Culture, Jeremy Hunt, at 10 Downing Street today in recognition of his continued support for the Design Museum and this exciting new project.

Sir Terence Conran’s donation consists of a cash gift of £7.5m and the value of the sale of the lease of the current Design Museum building at Shad Thames valued in the region of £10m. This gift will bring the Conran Foundation’s support for the museum, and its predecessor, the Boilerhouse over the last 30 years to £50m.

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Mon, 27 Jun 2011
Design Museum Summer Party

Stroll through the allegorical garden of delight at the Design Museum’s Summer Party on Friday 1 July. Revel in the festive combination of bunting and banter, vintage games, workshops and see exhibitions until 10pm.Tickets £7.50 in advance, includes entry to current exhibitions.

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£11 on the door / £7 students / Members free

Also take advantage of the special dinner offer at Zizzi on Shad Thames. Simply show your Summer Party ticket on entry to Zizzi's and get a main course and drink from the set menu for £8.95. Groups of eight or more should book in advance. 020 7367 6100. Open until 11pm.

Wed, 08 Jun 2011
Design Museum Family Day 2011

11am - 4pm
Bring the whole family along to the Design Museum for an exciting day of activities and fun with workshops, exhibition trails, games and competitions. All Famly Day activites are free with museum entry: £10 adults, free for under 12's. Tickets include entry to all current exhibitions.
See the Family Day programme of events.

Thu, 26 May 2011
Win the Ultimate Wim Crouwel Weekend

We have teamed up with Andaz Hotel Liverpool Street to offer the chance to win the Ultimate Wim Crouwel Weekend. The weekend includes: overnight stay at Andaz, two complimentary tickets to Wim Crouwel: A graphic odyssey and two tickets to the sold out event Pioneers of Industrial Culture: Wim Crouwel at the Design Museum on Thursday 23 June, 7.30pm.

Enter here.

Tue, 24 May 2011
Design Museum Pop-up Shop at Clerkenwell Design Week

The Design Museum is hosting a pop-up shop at Clerkenwell Design Week from 24 - 26 May. We have an exclusive range of products on sale including Wim Crouwel inspired wallpaper and new merchandise for forthcoming exhibition, Kenneth Grange - Making Britain Modern. Join Tony Brook from Spin on Wednesday 25 May for drawing workshop 'Enter the Grid'.
The shop is open 10am – 9pm.
Find us in the Farmiloe Building,
34 St John Street
EC1M 4AY

Wed, 18 May 2011
Design Museum faciliates AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards 2011

The Faculty of Arts at the University of Brighton has secured two Art and Humanities Research Council Collaborative Doctoral Awards in collaboration with the Design Museum to add to its significant portfolio of postgraduate research. The Awards provide opportunities for doctoral students to gain first hand experience of work outside an academic environment. The closing date for all awards is Friday 17 June 2011. For more information and details of how to apply here.

Mon, 28 Mar 2011
Wim Crouwel Exhibition

A graphic odyssey is Dutch graphic design legend Wim Crouwel's first UK exhibition. Explore key designs, iconic posters, print and typography spanning over 60 years of his career.

Wed, 16 Mar 2011
Plumen Bulb Wins Awards

The Plumen energy saving light bulb has won this year's Designs of the Year 2011. British designer Samuel Wilkinson and product design company Hulger, have won the Brit Insurance Design of the Year 2011 for their stunning redesign of the low energy light bulb. Beating over 90 entries to claim the winning title, 2011 Jury Chair Stephen Bayley presented the award at yesterday's ceremony held at the Design Museum. Exhibition runs until 7 August.

Fri, 11 Mar 2011
Giant Sticky Tape Structure

Making its UK debut at the Design Museum: sticky tape architecture. Made from 156 rolls of sticky tape – that's about 10.3km of tape - this sculptural structure is being made site specifically for the museum. See it, for one night only, Tuesday 15 March from 6.30 - 9pm.

Mon, 07 Mar 2011
First floor closed to install new exhibition

While the museum installs Wim Crouwel: A graphic odyssey the first floor gallery is closed. See Brit Insurance Designs of the Year on the second floor for a reduced ticket entry.

Fri, 04 Mar 2011
Brit Insurance Designs of the Year

"Britain's top design award." See all the nominations including the seven category winners in this year's exhibition.

Fri, 25 Feb 2011
Winners Announced

The winners of the Brit Insurance Design Awards 2011 are announced.

Wed, 16 Feb 2011
Brit Insurance Design Awards

See all of the nominations in the exhibition at the museum and vote for your favourite on the awards blog.

Wed, 16 Feb 2011
Brit Insurance Design Awards Opens Today

See all the nominations at the museum and vote for your favourite on the exhibition blog designsoftheyear.com

Tue, 08 Feb 2011
E-Type Jaguar at the Museum

See a 1961 E-Type Jaguar displayed on the riverfront outside the museum to celebrate fifty years of the E-Type.

Mon, 31 Jan 2011
Drawing Fashion

A beautiful exhibition of over 150 images that evoke the spirit and style of 100 years of fashion.

Mon, 31 Jan 2011
Second Floor Closed

While the museum installs Brit Insurance Designs of the Year the second floor of the museum is closed. See the list of nominees now.

Tue, 02 Nov 2010
Drawing Fashion

A beautiful exhibition of over 150 images that evoke the spirit and style of 100 years of fashion.

Mon, 24 Jan 2011
Open Call for Entries

The Design Museum is looking for four designers to become this year's Designers in Residence. Deadline for applications: 28 Febraury 2011.

Fri, 14 Jan 2011
Nomninees Announced

The 90 nominees for the Brit Insurance Designs Awards have been announced. Spread across seven categories, the designs are nominated by industry experts. The exhibition featuring all of the nominees opens 16 February.

Fri, 07 Jan 2011
Awards Jury Announced

Stephen Bayley will chair the jury for the museum's annual Brit Insurance Design Awards. He will be joined by art and design curator Janice Blackburn OBE, graphic designer Mark Farrow, novelist Will Self, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Kingston University Penny Sparke and Simon Waterfall co-founder of digital agency Poke

Mon, 18 Oct 2010
John Pawson - Plain Space

"The father of modern architectural minimalism"
The New York Times
Plain Space celebrates Pawson's career to date including a 1:1 structure, the largest installation the museum has built, alongside materials, models and photographs. See a behind the scenes of the exhibition build on the exhibition blog.

Fri, 15 Oct 2010
First Floor Closed to install Drawing Fashion

The first floor gallery is now closed to install forthcoming exhibition Drawing Fashion which opens on 3 November. You can still see John Pawson Plain Space on the second floor and shop in the Design Museum Shop.

Wed, 22 Sep 2010
Plain Space Now Open

The exhibition John Pawson - Plain Space is open. The largest installation the museum has built, the exhibition includes a 1:1 structure, materials, models and photographs. See a behind the scenes of the exhibition build on the exhibition blog.

Tue, 21 Sep 2010
Plain Space Opens Tomorrow

The exhibition of architect John Pawson opens tomorrow. The largest installation the museum has built, the exhibition includes a 1:1 structure, materials, models and photographs. See a sneak preview on the exhibition blog.

Fri, 03 Sep 2010
Second Floor Closed

Until 21 September the second floor of the museum is closed to install John Pawson Plain Space which opens on 22 September. You can still see almost 100 of the best designs in Brit Insurance Designs of the Year 2010 on the first floor.

Wed, 01 Sep 2010
Last chance to see Sustainable Futures and Urban Africa

Current exhibitions Urban Africa and Sustainable Futures both close on Sunday 5 September. Also see the Basso & Brooke installation in the Design Museum Tank. Enjoy the exhibitions until 7pm on Saturday 4 September or shop in the Design Museum Shop and Cafe.

Fri, 30 Jul 2010
Late openings until 7pm

Every Saturday in August the Design Museum is open until 7pm. Don't miss the final weeks of current exhibitions Sustainable Futures and David Adjaye’s Urban Africa or shop in the Design Museum Shop and Cafe.

Tue, 08 Jun 2010
Brit Insurance Designs of the Year

Don't miss this year's Brit Insurance Design of the Year - Folding Plug by Min-Kyu Choi, along with all the shortlisted designs across seven design categories - Architecture, fashion, furniture, graphics, interactive, product and transport. Showing until 17 October.

Tue, 08 Jun 2010
Urban Africa and Sustainable Futures Exhibition

See current exhibitions Urban Africa, a photographic survey of African cities by David Adjaye, and Sustainable Futures an exhibition of the latest in sustainable design.

Mon, 07 Jun 2010
Urban Africa and Sustainable Futures

Urban Africa displays David Adjaye's photographic jpurnay of African capital cities. Sustainable Futures explores a range of products, concepts and projects that address issues of sustainability in their design. Both until 5 September.

Tue, 01 Jun 2010
First floor closed on Monday 7 June

Brit Insurance Designs of the Year on the first floor will be closed on Monday 7 June and partially closed Tuesday 8 June. David Adjaye - Urban Africa and Sustainable Futures on the second floor, the Design Museum Shop and Café will be open as usual with a reduced entry price: £6 adults, £5 cons, and £4 students.

Fri, 21 May 2010
Don't Miss the BMW Concept Car

Brit Insurance Design of the Year nominee, the BMW concept car GINA, will be on display at the Design Museum until 6 June So don't miss your chance to see this incredible vehicle and the other 90 nominated designs in the Brit Insurance Designs of the Year exhibition.

Tue, 13 Apr 2010
Urban Africa + Sustainability

See new exhibitions Urban Africa and Sustainable Futures, a photographic survey of Urban Africa by David Adjaye and an exhibition of sustainable design.

Mon, 12 Apr 2010
Brit Inusrance Designs of the Year

See this year's Brit Insurance Design of the Year - Folding Plug by Min-Kyu Choi, along with all the shortlisted designs across seven design categories - Architecture, fashion, furniture, graphics, interactive, product and transport. Showing at the museum until 31 October.

Mon, 12 Apr 2010
Second Floor Closed on Tuesday 13 April

David Adjaye - Urban Africa and Sustainable Futures on the second floor is closed on Tuesday 13 April. Brit Insurance Designs Awards on the first floor, the Design Museum Shop and Cafe will be open. Tickets prices on the day are reduced to £6 adults, £5 cons, £4 students.

Tue, 30 Mar 2010
David Adjaye - Urban Africa and Sustainable Futures Now Open

David Adjaye- Urban Africa and Sustainable Futures, are now open. Urban Africa - a photographic journey by David Adjaye reveals a unique snapshot of life in Africa today whilst Sustainable Futures explores a range of products, concepts and projects that address issues of sustainability in their design.

Tue, 16 Mar 2010
Folding Plug by Min-Kyu Choi wins the Brit Insurance Design Award 2010

Wins the Brit Insurance Design Award 2010. Chosen as the most innovative and forward thinking design from the past 12 months. See the plug, along with all the shortlisted designs at the museum until 31 October.
See insights, images and comment at the Designs of the Year exhibition blog.

Mon, 15 Mar 2010
Awards Dinner

The overall Brit Insurance Design of the Year 2010, will be revealed at the Awards Ceremony at the Design Museum tonight. Visit the Designs of the Year blog to find out the winning design posted exclusively on Wed 17 March.

Wed, 10 Mar 2010
Final Week of Designers in Residence

Final Week of the museum's ongoing programme supporting emerging talent within the field of design. The designers have created site-specific installations on the ground floor of the museum, showing until 15 March. Free exhibition

Tue, 09 Mar 2010
Brit Insurance Designs of the Year

Showcasing the most innovative and forward thinking designs from around the world in seven design categories: architecture, fashion, furniture, graphics, interactive, product and transport. The winning designs for each category have been announced and are now competing for the overall Brit Insurance Design of the Year 2010, to be revealed at the Awards Ceremony at the Design Museum on 16 March. The winning entries, along with all the shortlisted designs, are on show until 31October.

See all the winners, nominations and comment on the designsoftheyear.com blog.

Thu, 04 Mar 2010
Category Winners Announced Today

The seven category winner for the Brit Insurance Design Awards 2010 have been announced today. Collectively they celebrate everyday design, reflecting international trends, current themes of sustainability and social enablement. The winners originate from Chile, China, Netherlands, UK and USA.

The seven Brit Insurance category winners are:
Brit Insurance Architecture Award 2010: Monterrey Housing, Mexico
Brit Insurance Fashion Award 2010: Alexander McQueen Spring / Summer ’10 and Spring / Summer Catwalk presentation Plato’s Atlantis. UK
Brit Insurance Furniture Award 2010: Grassworks, Netherlands.
Brit Insurance Graphic Award 2010: The Newspaper Club
Brit Insurance Interactive Award 2010: The EyeWriter
Brit Insurance Product Award 2010: Folding Plug
Brit Insurance Transport Award 2010: E430 Electric Aircraft

These designs will now compete for the overall Brit Insurance Design of the Year 2010, to be announced at the Awards Ceremony at the Design Museum on 16 March.

See images of all the winners and full nomination list on the DesignsoftheYear Blog

Tue, 16 Feb 2010
New Exhibition Open

Brit Insurance Designs of the Year is now open. See the 91 nominated designs in seven categories. The Brit Insurance Design Awards winner is announced on March 16.

Thu, 04 Feb 2010
Box Clever Workshop

Inspired by the innovative and streamlined products of German designer Dieter Rams, participants are challenged to design a fantasy object for their home, starting with only a blank white box and armed with a kit of design tools and materials. Suitable for children ages 5-11, workshops will be running Sunday the 7th and 28th of February.

Mon, 01 Feb 2010
Dieter Rams Exhibition

Comprehensive exhibition of the work of legendary German product designer Dieter Rams. Comprehensive exhibition of the work of legendary German product designer Dieter Rams. Also on show Ergonomics - Real Design and Designers in Residence.

Tue, 26 Jan 2010
Half Term Course

Working alongside product designers Giles Miller and Sebastian Hejna, 12 - 16 years olds will explore current exhibitions and develop skills to create their own product design solutions and prototypes on this exciting 3 day course. Explore the various techniques and processes employed by design group Farm Studios and take a closer look at their work during Designers In Residence, opening in January. Working alongside product designers Giles Miller and Sebastian Hejna, participants will explore current exhibitions and develop skills to create their own product design solutions and prototypes on this exciting 3 day course.

Mon, 18 Jan 2010
Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for the Brit Insurance Design Awards is announced today. Nearly one hundred designs in seven categories have been shortlisted for the Brit Insurance Design Awards and you can see every design in the Brit Insurance Designs of the Year exhibition that opens 17 February. Category winners are announced on 4 March and the overall winner is announced at a dinner on 16 March.

Thu, 07 Jan 2010
David Chipperfield FINAL WEEKS

Final weeks to see the work of David Chipperfield, one of the UKs most important architecture firms, through beautifully detailed models, sketches, photographs and film.

Mon, 30 Nov 2009
Dieter Rams Exhibition

"A shrine to modern minimalism" (Evening Standard).
Visit the new Dieter Rams exhibition at the museum and see an interview with Deiter on this week's BBC Culture Show.

Thu, 19 Nov 2009
Two New Exhibitions Open Today

Less and More - The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams and Ergonomics - Real Design are now open. Discover the work of one of the most influential industrial designers of the late 20th century alongside the science of everyday life. Read more...

Wed, 11 Nov 2009
Limited Edition prints by Leading Designers

To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Design Museum, leading designers Tord Boontje, Margaret Calvert, Konstantin Grcic and David Chipperfield have been invited to design an original print to be sold exclusively in the Design Museum Shop. Each commission will be available as an edition of 100, strictly limited and numbered and exclusive to the Design Museum.

Tord Boontje Print
Margaret Calvert print
David Chipperfield print
Konstantin Grcic print

All proceeds from print sales go directly towards the Design Museum exhibitions and education programme.
Buy online from the Design Museum Shop

Tue, 03 Nov 2009
Family Meccano Workshops

Children can make a modern home using the latest construction kits from Meccano. With experts on hand to assist you and a bumper range of design materials to choose from, this workshop is a must for all budding young architects and 3D designers!

Mon, 02 Nov 2009
David Chipperfield

New exhibition David Chipperfield Architects - Form Matters. See the work of one of the UKs most important architecture firms, through beautifully detailed models, sketches, photographs and film.

Mon, 26 Oct 2009
Graphic Design and Architecture Shows

See the work of one of the UKs most important architecture firms through beautifully detailed models, photographs and film in new exhibition David Chipperfield - Form Matters. Also your last chance to see the work of Spanish designer Javier Mariscal and highlights from Jan Kaplickýs architectural career.

Mon, 26 Oct 2009
Javier Mariscal Live at the BFI on 2 November

Monday 2 November @ BFI
Animated Conversation
Created live by Javier Mariscal
Two performances: 7pm and 9pm
Witness the inner workings of the imagination of renowned Spanish designer and artist Javier Mariscal. By creating and controlling animation film footage in real time, Mariscal has devised his ‘Conference’ which is the spontaneous and instantaneous application of his creative thinking onto the silver screen. In this energetic live performance Mariscal manifests the images, voices, narrative and content that transport his characters, the Garriris, from the universe of his imagination onto the screen

Booking
Tickets £20.15, members £18.65, concession £13.65
BFI box office - 0207 928 3232
Book online at the BFI website

Wed, 21 Oct 2009
David Chipperfield - Form Matters is Now Open

New exhibition David Chipperfield - Form Matters. See the work of one of the UKs most important architecture firms, through beautifully detailed models, sketches, photographs and film.

Mon, 05 Oct 2009
Mew Mariscal Live Events

Monday 2 November @ BFI, £20.15, concession £13.65
Animated Conversation

Created live by Javier Mariscal
Two performances: 7pm and 9pm
Witness the inner workings of the imagination of renowned Spanish designer and artist Javier Mariscal. By creating and controlling animation film footage in real time, Mariscal has devised his ‘Conference’ which is the spontaneous and instantaneous application of his creative thinking onto the silver screen. In this energetic live performance Mariscal manifests the images, voices, narrative and content that transport his characters, the Garriris, from the universe of his imagination onto the screen

Mon, 21 Sep 2009
Last Chance to See

Super Contemporary, an exhibition of London design past, present and future, closes Sunday 4 October. Don't miss this in depth survey of a city that so many great designers call their home.

Fri, 18 Sep 2009
Designers in Residence Opens Today

Residency I - 18 September 2009 - 31 October 2009: Dave Bowker, Marc Owens
Residency II - 27 January - 8 March 2010: Asif Khan, Bethan Wood, Farm (Giles Miller, Alexena Cayless, Guy Brown and Sebastian Hejna)

Visit the Designers in Residence Blog

See the Designers in Residence exhibition until 10pm and meet some of the residents at our late night event Design Overtime Festival on 25 September. Debates, workshops and a Birthday Bake-off set to a blend of music and entertainment to celebrate our 20TH Birthday.

Tickets are only £5 in advance and includes entry all current exhibitions and activities.

Book now
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Thu, 27 Aug 2009
Graphic design and architecture shows

See the lively and colourful graphic design of Spanish designer Javier Mariscal in his first UK retrospective. Also on show are highlights from Jan Kaplický's architectural career. Visit these exhibitions and be inspired by their visionary design.

Thu, 27 Aug 2009
New Exhibitions Announced

Four new exhibitions will be opening at the museum over the next few months. David Chipperfield - Form Matters, Less and More - The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams, Ergonomics and annual exhibition Designers In Residence.

For dates and details see the Exhibitions page

Mon, 27 Jul 2009
Free Childen's Gallery Tours

Wednesdays 5, 12, 19 or 26 August
5 - 11 year olds
Fun and engaging thirty minute gallery tours beginning with a introduction to the Design Museum and then highlights of the colourful Mariscal - Drawing Life exhibition.

Tours are Free with entry to the museum
Children Under 12 FREE
£8.50 adults / £5 students / £6.50 concessions
Booking is not necessary but places are limited

For details of our Sunday workshops for kids see Families page.

Fri, 07 Aug 2009
Wedding License for Museum

The Design Museum has been granted a wedding license so you can now get married and have the reception at our beautiful Thameside location.

Contact our Events Team now to organise your perfect wedding
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For further details see the weddings page.

Thu, 30 Jul 2009
Late Opening on Saturday 1 August

The museum will be open late on Saturday 1 August until 7pm. Enjoy all three of our current exhibitions and shop late at the Design Museum Shop and Cafe.

See details of our late night opening on Friday 25 September Design Overtime Festival

Mon, 20 Jul 2009
Open Late this Weekend

The museum is open until 6.45pm Friday 24 and Saturday 25 July, so you can enjoy all three current exhibitions until later than usual. The Shop and Cafe will be open late too.

Thu, 25 Jun 2009
Two New Exhibitions Opening Today

Mariscal - Drawing Life
1 July - 1 November 2009
Regarded as one of the most innovative and original designers of our time, this exhibition will be the first UK retrospective of Spanish designer and artist Javier Mariscal. Mariscal's diverse body of work will be on display, from kooky cartoon characters and furniture to stunning interiors and graphic design.

Jan Kaplický - architect of the future
1 July - 1 November 2009
Jan Kaplický, who died earlier this year, was the Czech architect responsible for some of the most remarkable buildings that Britain has ever seen. This exhibition curated by Deyan Sudjic will celebrate Kaplický’s career, his influences and unique futuristic vision for building design.

Late night opening Design Overtime Festival until 10pm on 25 September.

Marvellous Mariscal Workshop and Get Into Illustration! - See Mariscal for families

Thu, 25 Jun 2009
Super Contemporary

Until 4 October 2009
Super Contemporary features 15 new commissions for London. Some commissions are installed around London, see Paul Smith's bunny bins and Ross Phillips' Head to Toe booth in Covent Garden. Celebrating the spirit of London design, past, present and future, the exhibition highlights London's creative moments in architecture, product design, people and fashion from 1960 to present day.

Mon, 22 Jun 2009
Tom Dixon Talk

Wed 24 June, 7.15pm, £15 (£10 members)
Currently featuring in the Super Contemporary exhibition, Tom Dixon earned his name as a design maverick in the early 80’s with a D.I.Y punk approach to furniture making. Deftly combining the creative with the commercial, Dixon went on to set up his own studio, become Creative Director of Habitat and now Artek, the Finnish furniture manufacturer. Book now.

Fri, 12 Jun 2009
New Exhibtions Coming Soon

Mariscal - Drawing Life
1 July - 1 November 2009
Regarded as one of the most innovative and original designers of our time, this exhibition will be the first UK retrospective of Spanish designer and artist Javier Mariscal. Mariscal's diverse body of work will be on display, from kooky cartoon characters and furniture to stunning interiors and graphic design.

Jan Kaplický - architect of the future
1 July - 1 November 2009
Jan Kaplický, who died earlier this year, was the Czech architect responsible for some of the most remarkable buildings that Britain has ever seen. This exhibition curated by Deyan Sudjic will celebrate Kaplický’s career, his influences and unique futuristic vision for building design.

Late night opening Design Overtime Festival until 10pm on 25 September.

Thu, 28 May 2009
Super Contemporary Open

Super Contemporary opens on 3 June, featuring 15 new commissions from London's most dynamic creatives. Some of these exciting commissions can already been seen around London, Paul Smith has designed a new London rubbish bin, installed in the Covent Garden Piazza. Or record a snapshot of your body at one of the Head to Toe booths designed by Ross Phillips situated in Covent Garden, Idea Store and Selfridges & Co London.

Mon, 18 May 2009
New Exhibition Opens Today

See an exclusive exhibition from fashion designer Paul Smith which features 138 bag designs to be showcased in the museum atrium from Tuesday 19 May - Monday 1 June.

Mon, 11 May 2009
Hussein Chalayan Final Week

Its your last chance to see the acclaimed exhibition by fashion designer Hussein Chalayan. The museum will be opening late until 7pm on the final three days.

Fri, 08 May 2009
Last Chance to see Hussein Chalayan

There's only two weeks to see the acclaimed exhibition of fashion designer Hussein Chalayan. The museum will be open until 7pm on the final three days.

Tue, 14 Apr 2009
Enjoy Exhibitions Until 10pm

Design Museum current exhibitions Brit Insurance Designs of the Year and Hussein Chalayan are open until 10pm on Friday 24 April. Tickets are only £5 in advance and include entry to activities that explore innovation throughout the museum.

Tue, 24 Mar 2009
Kids Sunday Workshop - Vroom Vroom!

Sunday 5 & 26 April and Sunday 3 & 31 May, 2 – 5pm
Design your own model car and race it around our fantastic model track! Be inspired by designs showing in Brit Insurance Designs of the Year with students from the renowned vehicle design course at the Royal College of Art on hand to give expert advice and speed you along your way. Book Now

Thu, 19 Mar 2009
Brit Insurance Design Awards 2009 Winner

The Brit Insurance Design of the Year 2009 winner is Shepard Fairey's Obama poster nominated in the Graphics category by design expert Patrick Burgoyne. The design was chosen from the seven category winners and announced last night as the winning design at the awards dinner hosted by Naomi Cleaver.

Shepard Fairey said on receiving his award, “I’d like to thank the jury and the Brit Insurance Design Awards for presenting me with this award. The Obama Hope poster was created as a grass roots tool for the Obama campaign and I’m very honoured to be recognised for its creativity and contribution to graphic design, especially amongst all the other incredible nominations across the various disciplines that made thought provoking, conscious design.?

The Blog Vote winner was revealed as the Magno Wooden Radio by Singgih S. Kartono.
With over 7000 people voting it was the dominant winner in the vote and the peoples' favourite design.

See the exhibition blog for more news and images.

Tue, 17 Mar 2009
The Blog Vote Winners

The Blog Vote winners will be announced on Wednesday 18 March. Polls close at midnight tonight, so you can still vote now at designsoftheyear.com/polls/. Also see exclusive images of the awards in production ahead of the Awards Dinner on Wed 18 March where the chosen Design of the Year 2009 will be announced. designsoftheyear.com/

Mon, 09 Mar 2009
Brit Insurance Design Awards Blog Vote

Its not to late to vote for your favourite design in The Blog Vote at designsoftheyear.com/polls/. Voting closes at midnight on the 17 March and the winner of the Blog Vote will be announced on 18 March.

Fri, 06 Mar 2009
Mad Hatters kid's workshop

SUNDAY 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 March, 2- 5pm
Celebrate spring at the Design Museum by learning about modern millinery techniques and designing and making your own unique headpieces. Use a range of exciting materials to ensure a look that is totally you and then model your stylish designs in a fun, fashion photo shoot. Book now!

Mon, 23 Feb 2009
Brit Insurance Design Awards Category Winners

The winning entries in each category of the Brit Insurance Design Awards 2009, awarded to the most progressive and forward thinking designs from the past 12 months, are: New Oslo Opera House for Architecture, Vogue Italia: A Black Issue for Fashion, MYTO chair for the Furniture category, and the Graphics category is awarded to the Barack Obama Poster. Interactive goes to Make Magazine, Magno Wooden Radio wins Product and the Transport winner is Colombia’s Line-J Medellin Metro Cable.

The winning entries represent a snapshot of contemporary design and demonstrate the role that design plays at a global level. Ranging from Shepard Fairey’s iconic Obama poster, to the economically sustainable Magno Wooden Radio and the multi-functional landmark of the New Oslo Opera House, the international winners are spread across Indonesia, Colombia, USA, Norway and Italy.

The seven winning designs will now contend for the prestigious accolade of Brit Insurance Design of the Year 2009, to be revealed at an awards dinner hosted by Channel 4 design presenter Naomi Cleaver, at the Design Museum on 18 March.

Its not to late to vote for your favourite design in The Blog Vote at designsoftheyear.com/polls/. The winner of the Blog Votewill be announced on 18 March.

Thu, 12 Feb 2009
Hussein Chalayan

The world’s most interesting and forward looking designs are recognised in the Brit Insurance Design Awards by industry experts spanning seven categories: architecture, fashion, furniture, graphics, interactive, product and transport. See the 91 shortlisted designs in the Brit Insurance Designs of the Year exhibition.

Thu, 12 Feb 2009
Brit Insurance Designs of the Year 2009

Nominated by industry experts, Brit Insurance Designs of the Year presents all the shortlisted projects in seven categories: architecture, fashion, furniture, graphics, interactive, product and transport. Vote for your favourite design on the exhibition blog.

Mon, 05 Jan 2009
Hussein Chalayan

See the first comprehensive presentation of Hussein Chayalan's remarkable vision. Reflecting on his creative approach and questioning nature, this exhibition presents his most significant work from the last fifteen years.

Mon, 05 Jan 2009
Alan Aldridge Exhibition Final Weeks

Last chance to see Alan Aldridge - the Man with kaleidoscope Eyes and Patricia Urquiola - Purely Porcelain. Both exhibitions close 25 January.

Wed, 24 Dec 2008
Open Every Day Over New Year

The museum is open every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Start the year with your very last chance to see the acclaimed Design Cities exhibition, curated by Deyan Sudjic.

Wed, 10 Dec 2008
New Blog Launched

The nominees for Brit Insurance Designs of the Year 2009 have been announced. Visit the blog and sign up to receive details about the nominees.

Fri, 05 Dec 2008
Where Next? Design Cities Debate

Monday 15 December, 7.15pm £15

The Design Museum’s current exhibition Design Cities argues that seven cities have each enjoyed a 'moment' when their particular economic, cultural and geo-political stars have aligned to have a transformative effect on the history of design. In this debate the British Council and the Design Museum have come together to examine the notion of ‘Design City’, and look to where this title might be applied in the future. In a panel discussion led by Design Museum Director and curator of Design Cities Deyan Sudjic, candidates from four major world cities will have the opportunity to state their case.

Ruy Ohtake is an acclaimed architect and will argue for Brazil’s largest city, Sao Paulo, with its vibrant design scene and host of landmark buildings and structures.

Professor M P Ranjan is a designer and a member of the Faculty at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, he will argue in favour of Bangalore, the fastest growing metropolis in India and known as the Silicon Valley of India.

Ou Ning editor and graphic designer, will put forward the case for Beijing, the centre of politics and culture in China. Beijing expresses strong traditions and values as well as globalisation, and islbuilding upon the 2008 Olympics in terms of the advancement of design and technology.

Denis Cherdantsev is a designer, journalist and teacher who will make the case for the largest city in Europe - Moscow. Cherdantsev works for Designet, Russia’s leading web site for the promotion of Russian design which focusses on supporting the national design community. A melting pot of politics, economics and religion, Moscow is also home to the largest number of billionaires in the world.

At the end of the event the audience will be able to cast their vote in response to the arguments and campaigning of the night.

Booking
T 020 7940 8783
E tickets@designmuseum.org
W Ticketweb

Tue, 25 Nov 2008
Late Opening 5 December

See current exhibitions until 10pm, find design gifts in the Design Museum Shop and enjoy festive workshops. Only £5 in advance.

Wed, 19 Nov 2008
Monday 24 November, 7.15pm Alessi Talk £15

Alberto Alessi in conversation with Design Museum Director Deyan Sudjic. Alessi will be responding to footage from a selection of the ‘Design Interviews’, a series of DVDs produced by Museo Alessi, co-edited by Museo Alessi and Edizioni Corraini and directed by Anna Pitscheider. Featured in the short films are five masters of design - Andrea Branzi, Achille Castiglioni, Alessandro Mendini, Richard Sapper and Ettore Sottsass.

Fri, 10 Oct 2008
New Exhibitions Open Now

Alan Aldridge - the Man with Kaleidescope Eyes and Patricia Urquiola - Purely Porcelain are now open. See these exhibitions and check out the new exhibition products in the Design Museum Shop.

Mon, 29 Sep 2008
New Resource for Schools

New enterprise in design education teaching and learning resource free to download and use in your classroom.

Tue, 16 Sep 2008
Last Chance to See

Acclaimed exhibitions Industrial Facility - Some Recent Projects and Tim Walker - Pictures close on 28 September. See them while you still can.

Tue, 19 Aug 2008
Design Cities - Eight Moments that Changed the World

Design Cities tells the story of contemporary design through seven key cities at their creative height. The exhibition includes designs from William Morris, Christopher Dresser, Ron Arad, Adolf Loos, Josef Hoffman, Le Corbusier, Marcel Breuer, Charles and Ray Eames, Ettore Sottsass, Shiro Kuramata, Zaha Hadid and Richard Sapper.

05 September – 04 January 2009

Tue, 19 Aug 2008
Book Tickets For Sam Hecht Talk

Last tickets remaining for a talk at the museum with Industrial Facility designer Sam Hecht. It is also an opportunity to view the exhibition Industrial Facility - Some Recent Projects. 15 September 7.15pm. Book now.

Monday 15 September, 7.15PM
SAM HECHT IN CONVERSATION

£15/£6 Members
One of the founding members of London based design office Industrial Facility, and responsible for the selection of objects in the current show ‘Under a Fiver’, Sam Hecht will be discussing his achievements, recent projects and attitudes towards design.

Mon, 04 Aug 2008
Final Weeks

Last chance to see Richard Rogers + Architects - From the House to the City before the exhibition tours to Spain. Exhibition closes Monday 25 August.

Mon, 14 Jul 2008
Five Day Course 4 – 8 August 2008

10.30am – 3.30pm daily
12 – 16 year olds
COURSE FEE £120

Calling all enthusiastic young animators, set designers, scriptwriters and directors!

This year’s Animation Summer School is inspired by the magical, enchanted world of fashion photographer Tim Walker, whose acclaimed photography exhibition Tim Walker – Pictures will continue to be on show at the Design Museum over the summer. Working with Brighton based animator Tom Hillenbrand, you will explore a broad range of animation production techniques including plot development, story boarding, set and character design, 3D modelling and stop frame animation.

This fast paced, fun packed five day course will culminate in a celebratory screening of your animated film for invited parents and friends. All materials are included in the course fee.

Booking is essential, please contact the education team for further information
T 020 7940 8782
E education@designmuseum.org

Thu, 10 Jul 2008
Design Overtime

Talks and workshops plus the chance to catch the museum's exhibitions of design, architecture and fashion photography. Galleries open until 10pm. £5 tickets available in advance.

Fri, 04 Jul 2008
Kids Workshop Architecture

Calling all budding young architects! Inspired by the stunning architectural models in the current Richard Rogers exhibition these exciting workshops will offer you the unique opportunity to take part in a special project and work alongside professional model makers from Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.

Using a range of recycled materials and specialist model making skills you can help design and make a large 3D architectural model of a fantasy, future London cityscape which will be added to each week.
The Future London Cityscape Model will be exhibited in the Design Museum Space on each Sunday throughout July. At the end of each workshop session the model will be photographed and images will be emailed to each budding architect.

Fri, 13 Jun 2008
Student Competition

Brit Insurance Designs of the Year Student Competition 2008.

Brit Insurance Designs of the Year National Student Competition is run jointly by the Design Museum and the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust.

This new competition links to the Design Museum’s ground-breaking industry award Brit Insurance Designs of the Year and accompanying exhibition celebrating the most innovative and memorable new work in design internationally and across seven design categories.

The competition will be judged by a high level panel including leading designers whose work has been nominated as design of the year.

See our Design Challanges page for further details and a full competition brief.

The closing date for entries is Friday 18 July 2008.
Entries should be emailed in jpeg or pdf format (maximum 1MB) to:

Chris Smith
National Network Co-ordinator Technology
Specialist Schools & Academies Trust
E chris.smith@ssatrust.org.uk

Alternatively hard copy entries can be sent by post to:
Design Museum
Designs of the Future Competition 2008
28 Shad Thames
London SE1 2YD

Fri, 06 Jun 2008
Creative Hong Kong

A week-long snapshot of Hong Kong creativity, Creative Hong Kong brings together 100 examples of Hong Kong design and offers a glimpse of how the region is developing contemporary Chinese design.

Wed, 04 Jun 2008
Hong Kong Come Along!

Come to Design Overtime and be enthralled by the creativity of Hong Kong design. ‘China chic’ creator and fashion extraordinaire Vivienne Tam, Ford Motors’ Chief Designer Chelsia Lau, Shrek III co-director Raman Hui, are amongst the 100 designers featured in Creative Hong Kong – previewed tonight and showing for one week only. Plus, discover unique products forged from a collaboration between ten Hong Kong designers and ten major international brands. Come and take a guided exhibition tour or simply be delighted by our Hong Kong DJ and Dim Sum.

Fri, 23 May 2008
Party at the Museum

Our Summer in the City Party Package offers the chance to host the perfect summer party this August. Our stylish building on the River Thames by Tower Bridge has spectacular views of London and houses contemporary exhibitions for your guests to enjoy.

Mon, 19 May 2008
Late Night this Friday

Design Overtime returns with the perfect night for actual or budding innovators with workshops, discussions, DJ, music, bar, and the return of ‘speed debating’. EUREKA !

Mon, 12 May 2008
Family Day this Saturday

It's Family Day at the Design Museum this Saturday from 11 - 4pm. Normal admission price includes all activities, workshops and design fun!

Thu, 08 May 2008
Two New Exhibitions

See Industrial Facility - Some Recent Projects which includes Under a Fiver and Tim Walker - PIctures both opening today.

Mon, 28 Apr 2008
Industrial Facility

The London-based product design studio Industrial Facility show Some Recent Projects alongside Under a Fiver, their selection of items that cost lest than £5.

Wed, 23 Apr 2008
Richard Rogers Exhibition Opens

Richard Rogers + Architects - From the House to the City has opened. See the exhibition of this key architect and his practice Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.

Mon, 14 Apr 2008
Your Last Chance to See

Brit Insurance Designs of the Year is on until 27 April. Don't miss the best designs of last year in architecture, fashion, furniture, graphics, interactive, product and transport.

Mon, 14 Apr 2008
Design Icons Lecture Series

The Design Museum, in association with Harrods, presents a series of lectures celebrating Design Icons. The events are selling out fast so book your ticket now.

Fri, 28 Mar 2008
Fun workshops for kids

April's Sunday workshops, 2 - 5pm, are for young designers to experiment with a range of design skills in our Young Designers of the Year workshop.

Tue, 18 Mar 2008
One Laptop per Child

Wins the Design Museum's first Brit Insurance Design of the Year Award. See the exhibition of the hundred shortlisted designs in seven categories at the museum until 27 April.

Wed, 12 Mar 2008
Maison Tropicale at Tate Modern

See the house designed by Jean Prouvé at Tate Modern and the Jean Prouvé exhibition at the Design Museum. Joint ticket £8.50 available from Tate Modern or Design Museum.

Wed, 12 Mar 2008
Winners Announced

Category winners revealed in product, fashion, interactive, furniture, interactive, transport and graphics for the Brit Insurance Design Awards 2008.

Beijing National Stadium by Herzog & De Meuron and Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition have been declared two of the most innovative and progressive international designs from the last 12 months – as announced by the Design Museum today across seven major design categories.

Other winners include Meyra-Ortopedia’s Mex-x wheelchair for kids, which trumps the Transport category, and One Laptop per child by Yves Béhar of Fuseproject, a groundbreaking programme taking the Product category. Hussein Chalayan walks away with the Fashion category for Airborne Autumn/Winter 07 with Martino Gamper’s 100 Chairs in 100 Days triumphant in the Furniture category.

All designs are part of the100-strong shortlist at the first ever Brit Insurance Designs of the Year exhibition at the Design Museum until April 27, with the seven winners now vying for the overall win at the prestigious inaugural Brit Insurance Design Awards, hosted by Wayne Hemingway next week on Tuesday 18 March.

The expert panel of judges includes Rolf Fehlbaum, Lars Müller and Antonio Citterio who spent hours deliberating the final seven.

Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum said: “The judges certainly had a difficult job in narrowing down such a comprehensive shortlist to just one winner per category. Their final selection however, is a definitive celebration of some of the most internationally innovative designs from the past year.?

Mon, 18 Feb 2008
Maison Tropicale at Tate Modern

See the house designed by Jean Prouvé at Tate Modern and the Jean Prouvé exhibition at the Design Museum. Joint ticket £8.50 available from Tate Modern or Design Museum.

Tue, 12 Feb 2008
Design Overtime This Friday!

See our current exhibitions Jean Prouvé - The Poetics of the Technical Object and Brit Insurance Designs of the Year this Friday 10pm at Design Overtime, entry from 6pm only £5.

Tue, 12 Feb 2008
Brit Insurance Design Awards

The exhibition showcasing the 100 nominations for the Brit Insurance Design Awards is now open. See the best designs from the last twelve months in architecture, fashion, furniture, graphics, interactive, product and transport.

Mon, 04 Feb 2008
New exhibition announced

100 projects
7 categories
1 winner
Brit Insurance Designs of the Year opens February 13

The first in an annual exploration of the most innovative, interesting and forward looking new work in design of all kinds. Selected from around the world, Brit Insurance Designs of the Year presents 100 projects nominated by a group of internationally respected design experts, curators, critics, practitioners and enthusiasts. These projects fall within seven categories: architecture, fashion, furniture, graphics, interactive, product and transport. The exhibition gives an overview of the most significant achievements in design and architecture in the last 12 months, whether they are projects by a practice, a team or an individual.

An international jury, each with expertise in their respective fields, will select a winner for the Brit Insurance Design Awards, recognising the best of contemporary design from around the world in each category as well as an overall winner. These winners will be announced and presented in March 2008.

Thu, 31 Jan 2008
Jean Prouvé Exhibition

"This chic French designer, whose furniture can be found decorating the coolest of interiors and boutique art galleries, was actually a nuts and blots factory man." Time Out

Thu, 31 Jan 2008
Installing New Exhibition

The second floor of the Design Museum will be closed until 13 February for installation. Admission prices are reduced until our joint exhibition with Tate opens on 5 February.

The joint exhibition is Jean Prouve - The Poetics of the Technical Object at the Design Museum and La Maison Tropicale outside Tate Modern. Joint ticket for the house and exhibition is £8.50 for adults, £6.50 for concessions and £5 for students.

Tue, 15 Jan 2008
Maison Tropicale for Design Museum at Tate Modern

Maison Tropicale opens 5 February. A ticket entitles you to entry to the house at Tate Modern as well as the exhibition here.

The Design Museum, in partnership with Tate Modern, brings a house designed by architectural visionary Jean Prouvé to Britain for the first time thanks to New York hotelier André Balazs. The prototype house, designed by the French architect Jean Prouvé (1901-1984), for 1950s colonial West Africa, will be erected outside Tate Modern.

Maison Tropicale for Design Museum at Tate Modern is an extension of the Design Museum’s current exhibition Jean Prouvé – The Poetics of the Technical Object, and demonstrates the full scale and vision of Prouvé’s economy of design.

Supported by André Balazs, Lord and Lady Foster, Foster + Partners.

Fri, 07 Dec 2007
Jean Prouve Exhibition open

See Jean Prouvé The Poetics of the Technical Object, Matthew Williamson 10 Years in Fashion and JCB Dieselmax.

Thu, 06 Dec 2007
Jean Prouve late opening

The museum is open until 10pm tonight. See Jean Prouvé - The Poetics of the Technical Object, Matthew Williamson - 10 Years in Fashion, JCB Dieselmax. The museum will be sprinkled with seasonal fun.

Thu, 06 Dec 2007
Jean Prouvé Opens Tomorrow

Jean Prouvé - The Poetics of the Technical Object opens tomorrow. Be the first to see the work of the radical and inspiring French designer and engineer.

Fri, 09 Nov 2007
New online shop now open

Don't miss the new online Design Museum Shop going live this Thursday. Be the first to browse our extended range of the most desirable design products and books.

Fri, 23 Nov 2007
Sparkle the dark up

Friday 7 December, until 10pm, last admission 9.15pm
A Christmas extravaganza, Sparkle the Dark Up sees the return of glittering dance group The Actionettes. Take part in a designer-wrapping workshop, create fabulous festive cards, gingerbread people and decorations in a variety of workshops or drink warming mulled wine in the riverside bar.

Tue, 20 Nov 2007
Last chance to see Zaha Hadid - Design and Architecture

Your final chance to enjoy the breadth and beauty of Zaha Hadid's visionary work in the largest exhibition ever held at the museum. Buy your ticket at Ticketweb now.

Mon, 05 Nov 2007
FASHION FABULOUS

2 - 5pm Sunday 11, 18, 25 November

To celebrate the Design Museum’s new exhibition Matthew Williamson - 10 Years in Fashion, budding fashionistas can put their design skills and flair to the test and create their own ‘Fashion Fabulous’ accessories inspired by Williamson’s exuberant use of pattern, print and colour.

Wed, 24 Oct 2007
Matthew Williamson Competition

Are you aged 13-19? Have you got a passion for fashion? Want to see your work shown in the Design Museum and meet Matthew Williamson? BBC Blast can help!

For details of how to enter and competition rules, go to BBC Blast. All entries must be submitted by Friday 4 January 2008.

View the current competition entries.

Wed, 17 Oct 2007
Matthew Williamson - 10 years in fashion

Matthew Williamson is a unique success story within the British fashion industry. Ten years after setting out on his own as a fashion graduate in 1997, he now has a store in the heart of Mayfair, his collections are worn by celebrity clients including Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Sienna Miller, and he is Creative Director at Pucci. This overview will present his most iconic designs and will deconstruct the process behind his work, illuminating his distinctive use of pattern, print and colour.

Open Friday 7 December + Friday 18 January until 10pm

Please note that due to installation work being carried out in the museum Matthew Williamson - 10 Years in Fashion is CLOSED 3, 4 + 5 December. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

INTRODUCTION TO FASHION & TEXTILES DESIGN
Three day course for 12 - 16 year olds
Mon 22, Tue 23 and Wed 24 October 2007
10.30am – 3.30pm each day
Course fee £95

Calling fashion and textiles designers if the future! Be inspired by the Matthew Williamson – 10 Years in Fashion which charts the rise of the golden boy of British fashion. For further information or to book a place please call the Education Department 020 7940 8782 or email education@designmuseum.org

Mon, 24 Sep 2007
Exhibit at the Design Museum

Enter the Prix Émile Hermès, a competition open to young European designers. Winning entries will be exhibited at the Design Museum.

Hermès, in partnership with the Design Museum, is pleased to announce the launch of the Prix Émile Hermès. This competition is open to young European designers (professionals and students in their final year of studies).

The prize rewards 'the creation of innovative objects that are inspired by the theme “La légèreté au quotidien? (everyday lightness) applied to objects for travel and home'. Entry is open to designers aged under 40 and there is a combined prize fund of 90,000 euros.

Submit your registration here before 30 November 2007.

Mon, 08 Oct 2007
INTRODUCTION TO FASHION + TEXTILES DESIGN

Calling fashion and textiles designers of the future! Be inspired by the Matthew Williamson – 10 Years in Fashion which charts the rise of the golden boy of British fashion. This exciting three day course offers budding fashion + textiles designers, aged 12 to 16 years, the chance to try their hands at a range of techniques and develop new skills to create textiles and design ideas inspired by Matthew Williamson’s distinctive use of pattern, print and colour. The course will be led by specialist fashion tutors and culminates in a fun catwalk show for family and friends. The course is aimed at beginners with a passion for fashion, no previous experience is necessary.

BOOKING
Booking is essential and places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. For further information or to book a place please call the Education Department 020 7940 8782 or email education@designmuseum.org

Fri, 05 Oct 2007
Last chance to see Barnbrook

Last chance to see Friendly Fire - The Graphic Design of Jonathan Barnbrook. Last day Wednesday 10 October.

Jonathan Barnbrook has emerged in the past two decades as one of the UK’s most consistently innovative graphic designers. Pioneering graphic design with a social conscience, Barnbrook makes powerful statements about corporate culture, consumerism, war and international politics. Through his work in both commercial and non-commercial spheres he combines wit, political savvy and bitter irony in equal measures.

Friendly Fire traces Barnbrook's career from early experiments in pure typography and pioneering motion graphics in the early 1990s, to recent work, including his latest projects with collaborators such as the anti-corporate collective Adbusters. Drawn from the designer’s own archive, the work represented will span the wide range of disciplines in which the Barnbrook studio work, including one of their most pioneering areas – typeface design.

Mon, 01 Oct 2007
Design Overtime Late Night

Design Overtime offers an after-hours opportunity to see the current Design Museum exhibitions, including the hit show Zaha Hadid - Architecture and Design. The Design Museum will become a hive of activity, with talks, debates and design workshops based around the theme of London architecture.

Contemplate the future of your city in an informal discussion, make a model of your ideal London building to be added to the “London of the Future Cityscape?, and listen to poetry readings by acclaimed London-based poets including Charles Bainbridge of The Guardian. A soundtrack for the evening will be supplied by the Shellac Sisters, four glamorous retro-chics who, dressed in all things vintage, will be playing 78rpm records on 1920s wind-up gramophones in the riverside bar.

BOOKING
Tickets are £5 and include all activities and exhibitions. Tickets available on the door or in advance.
E tickets@designmuseum.org
T 020 7940 8783.

Mon, 17 Sep 2007
The Ethics of Graphic Design

Controversial and politically expressive graphic designer Jonathan Barnbrook is joined by an invited panel to debate the motivation and consequences of the career paths designers choose and have to make.

Mon, 03 Sep 2007
Kids' workshops in September

Sundays 2, 9, 23, 30 September, 2-5pm
Bill Amberg's Wild Things
These workshops have been devised especially for the Design Museum by acclaimed leather designer-maker Bill Amberg. Using their newly acquired leather-working skills, kids can make and decorate a range of exciting, animal inspired leather accessories to take home with them.

Saturday 15 and Sunday16 September, 2-5pm
Ahoy There!
To celebrate the Thames Festival, kids can design and make their own flotilla of catamarans, boats and barges inspired by the Design Museum’s riverfront location.

Thu, 30 Aug 2007
Kids' workshop this Sunday

This Sunday 2 September, from 2pm until 5pm, kids aged 5 to 11 can make and decorate a range of exciting, animal inspired leather accessories to take home with them. Book now!

Mon, 03 Sep 2007
Car design debate

7.15 - 8.30pm

Michael Harvey, Dylan Jones, Alexi Sayle, Stephen Bayley.

What influences car design? Does form win over function, or vice versa? How do you define a sensitively designed vehicle? What does your car say about you? Under the direction of BBC Top Gear Magazine Editor, Michael Harvey, this eclectic panel of contributors will informally debate these, and many more questions during the course of the evening. Joining Michael, will be the Editor of GQ, Dylan Jones; author, journalist and one of the best known commentators on modern culture, Stephen Bayley; and comedian and Independent columnist, Alexi Sayle.

In association with Citroën.

Mon, 13 Aug 2007
Kids' Summer Workshops

On Wednesdays and Sundays throughout August kids aged between 5 and 11 can join our Summer workshops. Make a beach kit or go carnvial crazy!

Sundays 5, 12, 19, 26 August, 2 – 5pm
Beach Life
Calling all surf dudes and beach bums! Come and celebrate summertime by designing and
making your own beach kit, including t-shirts, bags and sun-visors.

Buy your ticket for Beach Life online

Wednesdays 1, 8,15, 22, 29 August, 2 – 5pm
Carnival Crazy
It’s carnival season and your chance to test out your funky fashion skills. Design and make your
own fantasy carnival costume, including headdresses, sashes and masks.

Buy your ticket for Carnival Crazy online

Tue, 07 Aug 2007
Extended opening hours

More time to see the museum's current exhibitions. The museum will stay open until 6.45pm on Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Last entry 6.15pm.

Fri, 13 Jul 2007
Animation Summer School

5 day course 6 –10 August
10.30am – 3.30pm daily
Our exciting animation summer school offers budding animators aged 12 to 16 years the
chance to try their hands at a range of moving image techniques and develop new skills to create short animated films. For further details and to book email education@designmuseum.org.

Wed, 11 Jul 2007
Zaha Hadid - New Exhibition

Enjoy the breadth and beauty of Zaha Hadid's visionary work in the largest exhibition ever held at the museum. Visit the Zaha Hadid - Architecture and Design exhibition blog.

Wed, 11 Jul 2007
Jonathan Barnbrook Talk

Book now to hear Jonathan Barnbrook talk about his innovative graphic design. Monday 16 July, 7.15 - 8.30pm. Book now T 020 7940 8783 or E tickets@designmuseum.org

Fri, 29 Jun 2007
Zaha Hadid New exhibition

Enjoy the breadth and beauty of Zaha Hadid's visionary work in the largest exhibition ever held at the museum. Visit the exhibition blog.

Fri, 29 Jun 2007
Zaha Hadid Opens Today

Zaha Hadid - Architecture and Design opens today. Be the first to see the exhibition and see the breadth and beauty of her visionary work. Open every day 10am - 5.45pm.

Thu, 28 Jun 2007
Jonthan Barnbrook

Friendly Fire - The Graphic Design of Jonathan Barnbrook is now open. Immerse yourself in Jonathan Barnbrook's arresting guerilla graphics and radical typography.

Thu, 28 Jun 2007
Zaha Hadid opens tomorrow

Zaha Hadid Architecture and Design opens at the Design Museum tomorrow 10am. To celebrate we are projecting your thoughts on architecture on the museum tonight.

We are asking you to text your thoughts on architecture for projection on the Design Museum between 10pm and midnight. Let Zaha know what you think!

We are very grateful to Adrian Haffegee from the University of Reading Centre for Advanced Computing and Emerging Technologies(ACET) who is developing projected 3D sms text and sculptor Kate Allen who brought Adrian together with the museum.

The number to text is 07624806248.

Thu, 21 Jun 2007
Jonathan Barnbrook

Friendly Fire - The Graphic Design of Jonathan Barnbrook is now open. Immerse yourself in Jonathan Barnbrook's arresting guerilla graphics and radical typography.

Tue, 19 Jun 2007
Barnbrook opens today

Friendly Fire - The Graphic Design of Jonathan Barnbrook opens today. Immerse yourself in Jonathan Barnbrook's arresting guerilla graphics and radical typography.

Mon, 18 Jun 2007
Barnbrook opens tomorrow

Friendly Fire - The Graphic Design of Jonathan Barnbrook opens tomorrow. Immerse yourself in Jonathan Barnbrook's arrestingl guerilla graphics and radical typography.

Mon, 11 Jun 2007
Zaha Hadid - New Exhibition

Zaha Hadid - Architecture and Design opens 29 June. It is the largest exhibition undertaken by the museum. Check out the exhibition blog and buy your ticket here.

Mon, 11 Jun 2007
Hurry! Last chance to see

Last chance to see the acclaimed exhibition of design legend Luigi Colani. The exhibition closes this Sunday so hurry down!

Fri, 08 Jun 2007
Hurry! Last chance to see

Last chance to see the acclaimed exhibitions of design legends Ettore Sottsass and Luigi Colani. This is the last weekend for Sottsass so hurry down!

Wed, 06 Jun 2007
Zaha Hadid Blog Launches

Visit the Zaha Hadid exhibition blog for a sneak preview of the exhibition, exclusive interviews, news and pictures.

On 29 June 2007 the first major UK exhibition of Zaha Hadid’s architecture and design opens at the Design Museum in London. Spanning two floors this is the largest project the museum has undertaken and will present her most significant past, present and future projects.

To facilitate a forum for debate, and to maximise the impact of the exhibition, the museum has launched this exhibition blog.

Edited by Marcus Fairs, from the design blog dezeen, the exhibition blog hopes to reveal something of the complex processes behind exhibition development, will report on the exhibition launch and then, when the show opens to the public, visitors will be encouraged to submit their exhibition reviews to the moderator for publication.

Mon, 04 Jun 2007
Richard Rogers exhibition announced

The Design Museum today announces that it will host a major exhibition of the work of architect Richard Rogers. This announcement is made on the day that the 73 year old British architect, is awarded the 2007 Pritzker Prize for Architecture, the highest honour within international architecture, at a ceremony in London. Richard Rogers & Architects – From the House to the City will open at the Design Museum, London, in April 2008.

Tue, 29 May 2007
Late night and last chance to see

On Friday 8 June Design Overtime returns. A last chance to see our Colani and Sottsass exhibitions and much, much more...

11 dancing spacewomen invade the Design Museum. 'Mr and Mrs Design Museum visitor, there is no cause for alarm.'

The Actionettes have been invited to our next late opening event. With their synchronised routines choreographed to songs by 60s girl groups, the Actionettes will be paying homage to the futuristic work of the maverick designer Luigi Colani.

Luigi Colani Translating Nature and Ettore Sottsass Work In Progress will be closing soon so Design Overtime returns to offer an entertaining and unexpected last chance to see these extraordinary and diverse exhibitions.

Professor Luigi Colani himself will be at the museum on the night. There will be a free drink for anyone who follows his example and comes dressed totally in white.

See the shows, enjoy the spectacle, build a Colani influenced rocket ship out of smoothie bottles, taste our special Colani cocktail or decorate a Colani cake. Design Overtime Colani Night will be out of this world experience.

BOOKING
Tickets are £5 and include all activities and exhibitions. Tickets available on the door or in advance from tickets@designmuseum.org or ticketweb.co.uk. (booking fee applies).

Tue, 22 May 2007
Family Day This Weekend

The Design Museum throws open its doors for an exciting day of fun, family friendly activities on Saturday 26 May. Click here for full programme.

Thu, 17 May 2007
Stephen Bayley in conversation

Tickets still available to hear Stephen Bayley author, broadcaster and critic describe the early days of the Boilerhouse and the journey to create one of the world’s leading museums of modern and contemporary design.

Doors open at 6.45pm. Talk 7.15pm - 8.30pm. Tickets are £10 and include wine and exhibition viewing until 9pm.

Buy your ticket now

Fri, 04 May 2007
Lugi Colani

See the trailer for the Luigi Colani exhibition. The film was made by innovative animators Squint/Opera exclusively for the Colani exhibition.

Mon, 23 Apr 2007
Ettore Sottsass

Ettore Sottsass is 'the maestro' of Italian design. An 'unmissable retrospective' (Elle Decoration). 'Italy's greatest living designer' (The Times). ***** (The Telegraph).

Mon, 16 Apr 2007
Ettore Sottsass

Not going to the Milan furniture fair? Visit Ettore Sottsass - Work in Progress. An 'unmissable retrospective' (Elle Decoration) of 'Italy's greatest living designer' (The Times).

Tue, 10 Apr 2007
Design Overtime

Disegnare nel tempo libero
Friday April 13 6 - 10pm

Design Overtime returns to the Design Museum on 13 April, offering another opportunity to explore, discover, participate, relax, and be surprised, outside normal museum opening hours.

With Ettore Sottsass – Work in Progress currently showing and Great Brits – Ingenious Therapies about to head off to the 2007 Milan Furniture Fair it’s only fitting that April’s Design Overtime will be talking Italian.

Sip an espresso and join in a debates, raise your glass to salute an opera recital, listen to a gallery talk accompanied by a roaming accordion player, and record your views in the back-to-basics chat room at the Olivetti typing pool.

Disegnare nel tempo libero, perche’ no?
Design Overtime, why not?

Fri, 30 Mar 2007
Ettore Sottsass

'Italy’s greatest living designer' exhibits at the Design Museum. The second floor of the museum has been transformed into a vivid showcase of the maestro's work.

Wed, 28 Mar 2007
Double celebration

Visit our new exhibitions celebrating Ettore Sottsass' 90th Birthday and look back on 25 years of design since the original Design Museum opened.

Ettore Sottsass - Work in Progress open 29 March until 10 June and 25/25 - Celebrating 25 Years of Design open 28 March until 22 June.

Mon, 19 Mar 2007
World Exclusive

The Design Museum Shop is one of the exclusive stockists for Peter Marigold's new Make/Shift shelving system. Buy now from the Living section of the Design Museum Shop.

First seen in the Design Museum as part of Design Mart 2006, an exhibition of the best emerging designers, these ingenious shelves are lightweight, adaptable and available from the Design Museum Shop.

Wed, 14 Mar 2007
25/25 selectors revealed

2007 marks 25 years since the opening of the Boilerhouse, the original incarnation of the Design Museum. To celebrate this significant anniversary and as plans are made for a major expansion programme, the Design Museum has invited 25 designers and individuals, each with an interest in design, to select an object that they believe represents the best, or the most characteristic design of the period.

Those asked to select their favourite or most iconic design of the last 25 years for 25/25 - Celebrating 25 Years of Design (exhibition opens 29 March) include Maarten Baas, Mario Bellini, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Terence Conran, matali crasset, Ilse Crawford, James Dyson, Stefano Giovannoni, Konstantin Grcic, Gitta Gschwendtner, Martì Guixé, Jaime Hayon, Sam Hecht, John Hegarty, Gill Hicks, Matthew Hilton, James Irvine, John Maeda, David Mellor, Jasper Morrison, Dieter Rams, Richard and Ab Rogers, Richard Seymour and Dick Powell, Paul Smith and Deyan Sudjic.

Book tickets for 25/25 - Celebrating 25 Years of the Design Museum.

Thu, 01 Mar 2007
Green Machines - Book Now

Sunday – 4, 11, 18 + 25 March 2pm – 5pm
Green Machines
Inspired by the exhibition Luigi Colani: Translating Nature, young vehicle designers are invited to road test their creativity to design and make their own organically designed model trucks, cars, motorbikes and go-carts.

Thu, 22 Feb 2007
We Won!

Formula One - The Great Design Race, designed by Studio Myerscough, wins the Design Week award for best temporary exhibition against stiff competition. According to the judging panel Formula One at the Design Museum was 'felt to have just the right amount of technology and gloss to woo racing fans and novices alike.'

The shortlist:
London College of Fashion Graduate Show 2006 by Moving Brands
Speak to Me by Mode and 6A Architects for Dalton Maag
Tate Modern Interactive Zones by Ab Rogers Design
Puma International Charity Tram by GBH
Flos Architectural Frankfurt and Flos Architectural Milan by GBH
Dan Flavin:Dedications by Ico Design Consultancy for the Hayward Gallery

Mon, 19 Feb 2007
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Mon, 19 Feb 2007
Luigi Colani - Translating Nature

Luigi Colani is one of the great mavericks of 20th Century design. Born in Berlin in 1928, with an art school training supplemented by studies in aerodynamics, he began his career working in the car industry. The king of customisers, Colani developed his own baroque idiom of boldly sculptured forms that spilled from cars to aircraft, and then into furniture and industrial objects. From 1982 he began to work in Japan, and his swooping sculpted forms transformed among other products, cameras for Canon, and headphones for Sony.

Luigi Colani: Translating Nature will be the first exhibition of Colani’s work in Britain.

Fri, 02 Feb 2007
Robert Brownjohn

Creating titles for early James Bond films and Rolling Stones album sleeves, the graphic designer and film-maker Robert Brownjohn was responsible for many of the most memorable images of the 1960s.

Audacious though Brownjohn’s work could be - from his title sequences for the Bond films Goldfinger and From Russia With Love, to print for the fashionable Robert Fraser Gallery - it was refined by the quality of his ideas and inspired juxtapositions of type and image. Robert Brownjohn’s subtle understanding of modern design was matched only by his raging appetite for modern life.

This exhibition, designed last year by Alan Fletcher, displays Brownjohn's simple execution of brilliant graphic ideas and offers visitors a great deal to admire in the work of these two designers.

Tue, 16 Jan 2007
Alan Fletcher

In its closing weeks, don’t miss your last chance to view the work of one of the most influential figures in British graphic design. On Friday 16th February 2007 see acclaimed exhibition Alan Fletcher - fifty years of graphic work (and play) in the first of our late night openings (till 10pm). Take advantage of reduced ticket prices when the doors open at 6.45pm and enjoy the other activities taking place throughout the evening.
Tickets £5, available on the door.

We plan to have more late night openings which will include our Script debates so watch this space for regular updates on future events!

Thu, 21 Dec 2006
Alan Fletcher

Alan Fletcher - fifty years of graphic work (and play) until 18 February. Open daily 10am - 5.45pm, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Closed Christmas Eve from 1.30pm.

One of the most influential figures in British graphic design, Alan Fletcher co-founded Fletcher/Forbes/Gill in the 1960s and Pentagram in the 1970s. He created iconic brand identities for clients such as Pirelli and the V&A and transformed book design in his role as consultant art editor to Phaidon Press with his spirited, witty and very personal style. To mark the donation of the Fletcher archive to its collection, the Design Museum presents his first retrospective including his commercial work for Penguin, Reuters and Shell, alongside more personal projects in lettering, collage and illustration.

Mon, 18 Dec 2006
Confronting the Chair Martino Gamper

There is no perfect chair' declares the designer Martino Gamper, who has been making a chair a day in a bid to make 100 chairs in 100 days.

Using a stock pile of discarded and donated chairs, in Confronting the Chair, Gamper creates his new chairs from elements of existing ones. By deconstructing the chair he gains a new insight into its construction and use of materials which informs the creation of the new design. The process is immediate, spontaneous like sketching in three dimensions. These chairs are displayed in the Design Museum alongside some selected by Gamper from the Design Museum collection.

Mon, 04 Dec 2006
The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2005

The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2005 presents the 32 titles short-listed for the Swiss Federal Office of Culture’s annual award in 2005.

The display in the café focuses on the competition and the work of Swiss-born designer, Laurent Benner, who, for the last three years, has been commissioned to design the catalogue to celebrate the winning titles. Working closely with Jon Hares, the pair has designed a publication which skilfully uses the printers and papers found in the winning books, enabling the reader to experience Swiss book design at first hand, giving a genuine insight into the breadth and quality of the designers, printers, bookbinders, photographers, illustrators and paper suppliers currently working across Switzerland today.

This exhibition was made possible through the generous support of the Swiss Federal Office of Culture.

Tue, 28 Nov 2006
Designing Christmas

The Design Museum Shop announces two late night shopping evenings on 19 and 20 December 2006. Choose from an exciting selection of products by the world’s leading designers including Alvar Aalto, Ettore Sottsass, Tord Boontje, Timorous Beasties and Marc Newson. This is a perfect opportunity to find a lastminute present for a design-conscious friend, as well as quirky stocking fillers, design cards and wrapping paper.

Adding to the festive atmosphere, the Design Museum Café will be serving Konditor & Cook mince pies and fragrant mulled wine, while musical entertainment will be provided by a magical marionette performance. Design Museum members receive a 10% discount at the Design Museum Shop and Café.

Visitors on both evenings will be offered the chance to view the current Design Museum exhibitions – Alan Fletcher: fifty years of graphic work (and play), Design Mart and Designing Modern Britain – at a reduced entry fee of £4 on admission between 6pm and 9pm. This will also be an opportunity to view the new exhibition Confronting the Chair – Martino Gamper.

Mon, 30 Oct 2006
Opening 11 November

Alan Fletcher (1931-2006) was among the most influential figures in the history of British graphic design. Co-founder of Fletcher/Forbes/Gill in the 1960’s and Pentagram in the 1970s, he created enduring graphic schemes including the identities of Reuters and the V&A. More recently in his role as Creative Director of Phaidon Press he had a major impact on book design. To mark the donation of Fletcher’s archive to its collection, the Design Museum will present the first retrospective of his work Alan Fletcher: fifty years of graphic work (and play) from 11 November 2006 to 18 February 2007.

As Creative Director of Phaidon since 1994, Fletcher set high design standards for the company’s books, with such bestselling titles as The Art Book, and The Silver Spoon. He has also told his personal design philosophy in his own publications including, in 2001, The Art of Looking Sideways. Phaidon published Alan Fletcher: Picturing and Poeting in November 2006.

Fri, 27 Oct 2006
2007 Exhibitions programme announced

The Design Museum today (26 October 2006) announces its programme of exhibitions for 2007. Under the new directorship of Deyan Sudjic, the upcoming exhibitions will span a broad range of design disciplines including product design, industrial design, architecture, fashion and graphics.

Highlights for the year include: Zaha Hadid – Architecture and Design, the first full scale show of Hadid’s work in the UK and the largest project undertaken by the Design Museum; Luigi Colani – Translating Nature, which will bring together Colani’s extraordinary large scale prototypes including aircraft, trucks and cars, as well as his streamlined furniture and product design; a celebration of ten years of Matthew Williamson in fashion, a unique success story of the British fashion industry, focusing on the key designs that have shaped Williamson’s career; and The Art of War, which will explore the ways in which innovation and design have worked through history in the extremis of war. The exhibition programme also includes monograph exhibitions on innovative British graphic designer Jonathan Barnbrook and Ettore Sottsass, doyen of Italian design, as well as the Design Museum’s annual exhibition of new talent, Design Mart, which will relaunch in September 2007.

“We are working on a programme that looks at the whole range of what design can be – monograph shows on major figures like Sottsass and Hadid, as well as exhibitions that offer a spring board for young talent?, says Deyan Sudjic, “We want to bring together fashion, graphics, product design, and architecture, and show that they have a place at the heart of contemporary culture.?

Wed, 25 Oct 2006
Design Mart

The Design Museum will showcase the next generation of design stars in Design Mart, an annual survey of emerging designers from 20 September 2006 to 7 January 2007. As part of the Design Museum’s commitment to nurturing design talent, the exhibition will open during the London Design Festival, enabling the designers to showcase their work to industry and the media during a period in which the design world descends on London.

Among the designers who will participate in Design Mart 2006 are Viable, a London-based collective of lighting and product designers, the design partnership &made whose Climatised Objects address issues of world climate change and natural disaster, and Max Lamb whose design process draws on the physical landscape of his native Cornwall. Product designer Nadine Jarvis will exhibit her poetic cremation urns and bird feeders and Peter Marigold will install his temporary shelving solutions – Make/Shift and Prop. Philip Worthington, working with sophisticated light projection and computer technology, will offer visitors interactive and surreal “living? Shadow Monsters, while Tim Simpson will unveil his Natural Deselection project that plays on notions of Darwinian selection in the plant world.

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