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Diary of a design museum

Photographer Koto Bolofo talks to award winning designer Sophie Conran about his work and the photographic journey he took chronicling the transformation of the Design Museum.

What to expect

‘It had so much femininity. The lines, the curves, there is absolutely nothing masculine about it’. Koto Bolofo on the new Design Museum

Between 2012 and 2016 photographer Koto Bolofo visited the Commonwealth Institute 40 times, capturing the rhythm of a landmark in transition. The photographs displayed on the 1st floor of the museum convey the drama of the transformation, while capturing the subtleties of the individual details.

This talk will tell the story of those four years putting Koto in conversation with designer Sophie Conran who put him forward for the project – a kind he had never done before – in the first place.

South African-born, London-based Bolofo is famed for his award-winning fashion-photography and films and will discuss the project and his other work as part of the museum’s ‘how to design a design museum series’.

Image by Koto Bolofo

Image by Koto Bolofo

Image by Koto Bolofo


Koto Bolofo

Born in Lesotho, South Africa, he has photographed for magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair and GQ, and made short films for the Berlinale, MOMA and the Venice Film Festival. He has created advertising campaigns for companies including Hermes, Christian Dior,Louis Vuitton and Dom Perignon. Bolofo's books with Steidl Publishers include Venus 2008, and The Prison 2014.

Sophie Conran

Sophie Conran is an award-winning designer, cook and author. She has designed for numerous brands and companies and writes across a broad range of subjects for many UK titles.

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