Information for journalists, including press releases and contact details for the press office.
The Design Museum Press Office is staffed 09:30 – 18:00 Monday to Friday.
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If you are a member of the media and would like information, images or to speak to a Design Museum expert please contact:
Jenny Stewart, Press & PR Manager
+44 (0)20 7940 8787
+44 (0)7885 467 181
Media releases with news about the Design Museum and its current and future exhibitions can be found below.
The Design Museum is once again part of the London Festival of Architecture (LFA) - a celebration of architectural experimentation, thinking and practice, which takes place across the city throughout June 2015.
Full information on Design Museum events for summer 2015. Highlights include an series of talks for the London Festival of Architecture, walking tours to coincide with Life of Foot: Camper at the Design Museum, and Create and Make sessions on DIY gamer animation and electro-dough with Technology Will Save Us.
The Design Museum reveals the six category winners for its annual Designs of the Year Awards. Designs of the Year celebrates design that promotes or delivers change, enables access, extends design practice or captures the spirit of the year.
The Design Museum has won a prestigious Webby Award. The 2015 Webby People’s Voice Award for Best Navigation / Structure was voted for by the public and saw the Design Museum’s recently re-launched website triumph over Google’s Customer Barometer, NASA’s GeneLab, ESPN’s Anatomy of a Pitch and WE THE ECONOMY.
Life on Foot marks the 40 year anniversary of the creative Spanish footwear brand Camper, with an exhibition that gives an unprecedented picture of how a shoe collection is researched, created and presented - from the carving of the last to the graphics on the box.
The Design Museum presents a selection of fresh ideas for Spring, from Technology Will Save Us’s Thirsty Plant Kit to Scholten & Baijings’ Paper Porcelain espresso cup set. All products available at the museum in Shad Thames or via the online shop.
Information on all Design Museum exhibitions for the remainder of 2015, including the first ever museum exhibition on the Spanish shoe brand Camper, a celebration of bicycle design, and the annual Designers in Residence show. Please note changes to the autumn programme from previously issued information.
From 10 March - 26 April visitors to the Design Museum can experience the latest innovations in personal health technology. As part of the first ever AXA PPP Health Tech & You Awards, the showcase offers the chance to see and interact with 24 shortlisted Awards entries, putting the health technology revolution into a wider context for the benefit of everyone who wants to improve and maintain their health.
The Design Museum is very pleased to announce that it has been successful in its application to the Arts Council for a £3m grant towards the £80m capital project to build the new Design Museum at the former Commonwealth Institute in Kensington.
2015’s Designs of the Year nominees represent the global breadth of design talent, featuring some of the industry’s biggest names alongside rising stars and little-known practices. Google’s self-driving car, Frank Gehry’s Fondation Louis Vuitton and Asif Kahn’s Sochi Olympic Megafaces are just some of the high-profile projects to be represented in the exhibition of nominees which opens at the Design Museum on 25 March.
A panel of judges led by Sebastian Conran for the Design Museum’s annual Design Ventura celebrated the achievements of this year’s ten shortlisted schools at an exhibition and VIP reception at the Museum in London on Wednesday 11 February when the winning team for 2015 was announced. The project, with the theme of ‘Connect’ this year, challenges students aged 13 to 16 to meet a real-life design brief, with mentoring from professional designers and employees at Deutsche Bank, which has supported Design Ventura for five years as part of Born to Be, its youth engagement programme.
A Gareth Pugh outfit, created from shredded bin bags and worn by Lady Gaga for an O2 TV promo for her ARTPOP album, and to her artRAVE album launch party, goes on display for the first time at the Design Museum today (21 January 2015), as part of its WOMEN FASHION POWER exhibition.
Full information on Design Museum events for early 2015. Highlights include an evening with AnOther magazine celebrating women and creativity, a masterclass in costume design with Suffragette’s Jane Petrie, and the chance for young visitors to customise some design classics in a drop-in illustration workshop. Author Dana Thomas will also be visiting the museum to discuss her new book - Gods and Kings, The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano.
Ten schools from across the UK have been shortlisted from 241 schools to pitch their ideas for this year’s Design Ventura, run annually by the Design Museum. The project challenges students to meet a real-life design brief, with mentoring from professional designers and staff at Deutsche Bank, which has supported Design Ventura for five years. The winning team will see its product sold in the Design Museum shop, having been involved in all aspects of production, packaging, pricing and promotion.
The Design Museum has opened the call for entries for Designers in Residence 2015. Now in its eighth year, this prestigious programme celebrates new and emerging design talent through an annual residency which culminates in an exhibition at the Design Museum. This year's theme is 'migration'.
17 October 2014
The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne visited the Design Museum’s Kensington site today (17 October 2014) to announce the extension of the VAT refund scheme for museum and galleries to the Design Museum.
29 October 2014 – 26 April 2015
From Elizabeth I to Margaret Thatcher, Coco Chanel to Lady Gaga, the clothes women wear have always been a powerful form of self-expression and part of a sophisticated visual language. Opening at the Design Museum this autumn, Women Fashion Power looks at how influential women have used fashion to define and enhance their position in the world.