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Media releases with news about the Design Museum and its current and future exhibitions can be found below.

Tim Marlow appointed as the new Chief Executive and Director of the Design Museum

7 October 2019

The Design Museum announced today that Tim Marlow has been appointed as the new Chief Executive and Director of the Design Museum. He replaces Deyan Sudjic and Alice Black who stepped down as Co-Directors. Tim Marlow is currently Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Arts

Deyan Sudjic and Alice Black to step down as Co-Directors of the Design Museum

4 October 2019

After over a decade at the Design Museum helm, co-directors Deyan Sudjic OBE and Alice Black will step down from their leadership positions at the end of January 2020

Beazley Designs of the Year 2019

11 September 2019 - 9 February 2020

The Design Museum announces the 76 nominees for the twelfth Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition and awards – revealing the most innovative designs of the last 12 months

Nominees include a meme inspired dress collection by Viktor & Rolf, a data generated proxy address system created to reduce homelessness, the world’s first hands free breast pump, Adidas’s collaboration with designer Ji Won Choi, as worn by Beyoncé, food sharing app OLIO and The Shed’s extendable building in New York

Accessible designs represent a major theme in this year’s awards, as seen in IKEA’s ThisAbles collection, Tommy Hilfiger’s Adaptive clothing range and Chromat’s AW19 fashion collection

Moving to Mars

18 October 2019 – 23 February 2020

The Design Museum launches a new exhibition that explores how sending humans to Mars is not just a new frontier for science but also for design

Over 150 exhibits including original objects and material from NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), SpaceX, Raymond Loewy, Chesley Bonestell plus new commissions from responsible design company RÆBURN, Anna Talvi and Konstantin Grcic tell the complete story of designing for Mars

Two major installations enable visitors to get closer to life on Mars: ‘On Mars Today’, a multisensory experience of the Red Planet and a full-scale prototype habitat by international design firm Hassell

The exhibition also questions whether we should be designing for Mars at all. In an installation modelling an alternative scenario running over a million years, Dr. Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg uses a gaming engine to simulate Mars colonised only by plants, not humans

The Design Museum celebrates 30th birthday with 30p tickets

4 July 2019

The Design Museum celebrates 30 years since first opening to the public on 4 July 1989

50 tickets priced at 30p will be available on Thursday 4 July for each of the current exhibitions, Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition and David Adjaye: Making Memory

The museum will host a late evening of music and activities on 5 July 2019, with a special Friday Night Sketch and a live music performance from the Unit 137 sound system

To mark the anniversary, over 30 leading and emerging designers have contributed a graphic icon inspired by the number 30, including Quentin Blake, Peter Saville, Margaret Calvert and Sir Antony Gormley

Designers in Residence announced by Design Museum

10 June 2019

The Design Museum’s flagship scheme discovers and supports new and emerging talent

The selected designers are announced and congratulated by The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP for the twelfth edition of the programme

Nanotechnology, food waste, material surfaces and child birth are areas that the residents will explore in response to the theme Cosmic

The Design Museum opens nominations for Beazley Designs of the Year to the public

21 March 2019

To celebrate the museum's 30th anniversary, the Design Museum, London invites the public to nominate designs from the last twelve months to be considered for this year’s Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition

The museum welcomes Beatrice Galilee, Associate Curator of Architecture and Design at The Metropolitan Museum of Art as curator of this year’s exhibition

Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition

26 April - 15 September 2019

The Design Museum, London celebrates the work of one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century

Marking the 20th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s death, the exhibition explores his unique command of the whole creative design process of film making, from story teller to director to editor

Relive iconic scenes and discover unseen material from his genre-defining films, including The Shining, Barry Lyndon, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Full Metal Jacket and A Clockwork Orange

The exhibition includes important works by designers Hardy Amies, Saul Bass, Milena Canonero and Ken Adam, art and photography from Diane Arbus, Allen Jones and Don McCullin, designs from Saul Bass, Elliot Noyes and Pascall Morgue alongside contributions from renowned directors.

David Adjaye: Making Memory

02 February – 05 May 2019

The Design Museum presents a new exhibition that explores the role of monuments and memorials in the 21st century, through seven projects by celebrated British–Ghanaian architect, Sir David Adjaye OBE.

The exhibition features projects such as the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C, the new National Cathedral of Ghana in Accra and the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in London.

Highlights include a full-scale section of the Sclera Pavilion for London Design Festival 2008, a replica library area from the Gwangju River Reading Room in South Korea, as well as inspiration materials including a sculpture by the early 20th-century Yoruba artist Olowe of Ise.

Percentage of women in design workforce has remained virtually unchanged in over a decade

05 December 2018

As it marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, London’s Design Museum today reveals shocking gender imbalance in the design industry

New analysis by the Design Museum reveals that women are underrepresented in the UK design workforce. ONS figures show that as of March 2018 only 22% of those working in occupations associated with design were women. This represents an increase of only 4% since 2004, when only 18% of those employed in the design industry were women.

The Design Museum launches new Design in Britain campaign

27 November 2018

‘Design in Britain – powering a new industrial age’ is the Design Museum’s campaign to show that design matters politically, economically and publicly. The campaign aims to connect new technologies with world-leading products and services.

Beazley Designs of the Year 2018 winners announced

16 November 2018

Counter Investigations: Forensic Architecture exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London is crowned the Beazley Design of the Year 2018

Forensic Architecture uncover miscarriages of justice and international war crimes through the architectural analysis of imagery – from official news to satellite footage

Further category winners included: Erdem in the Fashion Category for Royal Ballet costumes for Christopher Wheeldon’s production of Corybantic Games and Thomas Heatherwick’s’ Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa for the Architecture Category

Home Futures

07 November 2018 – 24 March 2019

Twentieth-century prototypes are compared with the latest innovations in domestic living to question whether yesterday’s fantasies have become today’s reality

Organised in partnership with the IKEA Museum, the exhibition explores the radical domestic visions of the 20th century and asks: what happened to the future?

The exhibition includes important works by Ettore Sottsass, Joe Colombo, Superstudio, Archigram, Alison and Peter Smithson, Hans Hollein, Jan Kaplicky, OMA and Dunne & Raby

2019 Exhibition Programme at the Design Museum

The Design Museum in London, European Museum of the Year, announces its forthcoming exhibition programme

Design Museum announces Beazley Designs of the Year nominees

12 September 2018 - 06 January 2019

The Design Museum announces the 87 nominees for the eleventh Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition and awards – revealing the most innovate designs of the last year

Nominees include a water bottle by Will and Jaden Smith, Nike’s crest for the Dutch women’s football team by Wieden+Kennedy and the LEGO House by Bjarke Ingels Group

Concern over the environment is a major theme, as seen in Formafantasma’s recycled furniture, LADbible’s Trash Isles campaign and an animation illustrating the dangers of mounting space debris

Letter from the museum's Directors about Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-18

The museum has entered into a dialogue with exhibitors to keep the exhibition intact for the public to continue to see its broad message.

Mind-powered airship to fly in the Design Museum’s atrium for London Design Festival

The Design Museum has announced a major new London Design Festival installation, Mind-Pilot, an airship that can be controlled by visitors. For eight days during the festival, the spatial laboratory Loop.pH will animate the Design Museum’s atrium with an interactive, site-specific installation called Mind Pilot.

Designers in Residence 2018

The Design Museum in London announces the four designers selected for the 2018 edition of Designers in Residence. Chosen by a distinguished panel, the designers will now take up residency in the museum’s in-house studio for the next seven months. Responding to the theme of ‘Dwelling’, they will explore and develop new work that presents thought-provoking ideas and challenges conventional boundaries in design.

Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier

10 May 2018 – 07 October 2018

Conceived and co-curated with Monsieur Alaïa prior to his death in November 2017.

The exhibition examines the work of one of the most respected fashion designers in history

Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-18

28 March 2018 – 12 August 2018

The exhibition examines the political graphic design of a turbulent decade.

Alongside traditional posters and banners, it charts the rise of digital media and social networking, which have given graphic iconography an extraordinary new reach

Design Museum 2018 exhibition programme

The Design Museum in London announces its forthcoming exhibition programme following a record-breaking opening year in Kensington

Jon Snow: Colour is my Brand

Pop-up display opens exploring the design process behind Jon Snow’s distinctive tie collection

Ferrari: Under the Skin

The Design Museum in London announces Ferrari: Under the Skin, a major exhibition exploring the history and design of Ferrari.

Nominees for Beazley Designs of the Year announced

The Design Museum announces the shortlist for the tenth anniversary of its annual exhibition and awards celebrating the world’s best design

Introducing the 2017 Designers in Residence

2017 is the tenth year of the Design Museum’s annual Designers in Residence programme which provides a platform to celebrate new and emerging designers at an early stage in their career.

California: designing freedom

From skateboards to iPhones and start-up garages, the exhibition explores how “designed in California” expresses a distinctive approach to design and life

Imagine Moscow: architecture, propaganda, revolution

The exhibition explores six unbuilt architectural landmarks in Moscow from the 1920s and 1930s following the Russian Revolution

Design Museum 2017 programme

The Design Museum announces exhibition programme for opening year in its new building on Kensington High Street, London

Leadership news from the design museum

The Design Museum, which opened in its new home in Kensington on 24 November, has announced two new appointments. Lord Mandelson is appointed as the new Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He will replace current Chairman, Luqman Arnold in March 2017. Alice Black, Deputy Director of the museum, will become Co-Director with Deyan Sudjic.

Fear and Love – reactions to a complex world

Eleven new installations by a selection of the world’s leading designers unveiled in the opening exhibition of new Design Museum in Kensington. Exhibition includes works by OMA, Hussein Chalayan, Kenya Hara and Neri Oxman

The Design Museum goes ‘On Loan’ for London Design Festival

The Design Museum loans out objects, curators and even its Director this London Design Festival 2016. Pop-up displays to be located throughout London whilst new home in Kensington is under construction.

Nominees for Beazley Designs of the Year announced

The Design Museum’s annual exhibition and awards celebrating the world’s best designs returns for its ninth instalment. Nominees include the last David Bowie album cover, a robot surgeon and a drinkable book. The exhibition will form part of the opening programme at the Design Museum’s spectacular new home in Kensington.

The Design Museum unveils Adopt an Object campaign

On the day that the Design Museum formally left Shad Thames in London, they announced the launch of their fundraising campaign, Adopt an Object. The campaign will attempt to raise over £200,000 towards the £1 million needed to cover the construction costs of their new premises in Kensington High Street.

Older Generation are ‘Power Users’ of Health Tech

Older generations are leading the way in the adoption of new technologies to improve their own health and wellbeing that could generate more value from the NHS, according to the conclusions heard at a recent Parliamentary reception.

Introducing the 2016 Designers in Residence

2016 is the ninth year of the Design Museum’s annual Designers in Residence programme which provides a platform to celebrate new and emerging designers at an early stage in their career.

Health Tech & You Returns For Second Year

AXA PPP Health Tech & You - a joint initiative led by AXA PPP healthcare with think tank 2020health and the Design Museum - launches its second year as entries opened for the 2016 Health Tech & You Awards and the results of a new ‘State of the Nation’ survey on attitudes to health tech were announced at an event at Campus London, a Google space.

50 Years of British Road Signs

The Design Museum celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Calvert and Kinneir British road signage system with a free installation of new and original signs, and archive material curated by MADE NORTH

Cycle Revolution: 18 November 2015 – 30 June 2016 at the Design Museum

As Britain enjoys an explosion of interest in two-wheeled travel, the Design Museum looks at the people and machines that make contemporary cycling what it is, and asks how it might develop in the future.

Asif Khan joins Design Museum Board of Trustees

The Design Museum is pleased to announce that British architectural talent Asif Khan has been appointed to its board of trustees.

Designers in Residence: Migration - 9 September 2015 – 31 March 2016 at the Design Museum

Now in its eighth year, Designers in Residence invites four emerging talents from the world of design to take over a gallery in the Design Museum, using it as a site from which to provoke conversations, actions and thoughts around different conceptions of migration.

London Design Festival at the Design Museum

The Design Museum’s programme for the London Design Festival features exhibitions, events and installations – taking over the museum to celebrate rising talent, new ideas and rich legacies in the capital’s home of design.

Microchips lined with human cells named Design of the Year 2015

Human Organs-on-Chips, designed by Donald Ingber and Dan Dongeun Huh at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute, has won the Design Museum Design of the Year Award for 2015.

Designs of the Year 2015 celebrated at Design Museum awards evening

The global design community was out in force at the Design Museum on Monday 22 June to celebrate the 2015 Designs of the Year.

Design Museum Shop - Summer of Cycling

As the museum prepares for its Cycle Revolution exhibition (opening 18 November) innovative items for the bike-minded this summer

London Festival of Architecture at the Design Museum

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.

Talks, Things to do and Family Fun: June - August 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.

Designs of the Year 2015: Category Winners announced by London Design Museum

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. wins Webby People's Voice Award

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: Camper at the Design Museum

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.

Design Museum Shop: Fresh ideas for Spring

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.

Design Museum Exhibitions 2015

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.

Health Tech Revolution Showcased at Design Museum

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.

Arts Council Awards Design Museum £3M

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.

Designs of the Year 2015: Nominees Announced

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.

Design Museum announces 2015 Design Ventura Prize

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.

Lady Gaga joins 'Women Fashion Power' exhibition at the Design Museum

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.

Design Museum Talks, Things to do and Family Fun: January - March 2015

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.

Design Museum Shortlists ten schools to pitch for Design Ventura Prize

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.

Designers in Residence 2015: Migration - Call for entries open

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'.

Chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne visits the Design Museum Kensington

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.

Women Fashion Power

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.