Design Museum

Design Museum The world's leading museum devoted to contemporary design in every form. The Design Museum's vision is a world where everyone values design.
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The museum's purpose is to make the impact of the design visible. It aims to achieve this by:

- Building public awareness of design by connecting design with people’s lives and passions
- Reflecting the designer’s role at the forefront of social, technological and environmental change
- Serving the design community. Design is a practice, a diverse discipline, infinitely rich in approaches and cha

racters. It is a young discipline, whose role in the world is evolving. Our unique approach to working with designers is to invite them to ‘think in public’ with us.

📣 TICKETS NOW ON SALE 📣Tickets are now on sale for the first ever UK museum exhibition devoted to one of the most signif...
10/01/2024

📣 TICKETS NOW ON SALE 📣

Tickets are now on sale for the first ever UK museum exhibition devoted to one of the most significant designers of the 20th century, Enzo Mari.

This major exhibition comes to the UK after debuting at Triennale Milano in 2020. It is co-curated by Mari’s friend and collaborator, and artistic director of Serpentine Galleries, Hans Ulrich Obrist, with Francesca Giacomelli, Mari's studio project assistant, designer, curator and researcher.

The large-scale retrospective will include the full spectrum of Mari’s prolific output, from his work as a designer, but also as an artist, teacher, critic and theorist. In total, more than 300 objects will be on display — most have not been seen in the UK before.

Enzo Mari curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Francesca Giacomelli opens at the Design Museum on 29 March 2024 - find out more and book your tickets (members go free!): https://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/enzo-mari

📸 1. Enzo Mari by Ramak Fazel. 2. La mela e la farfalla, printing draft. 1958/1969. Archivio E. Mari, City of Milan, CASVA. Photo Gianluca Di loia - © Triennale Milano. 3. The Nature Series. No. 1: La Mela (the apple) with Elio Mari. Photo Danese Milano.

Happy shoe year 👠 On this day in 1963 French fashion designer Christian Louboutin was born.Louboutin is one of the world...
07/01/2024

Happy shoe year 👠 On this day in 1963 French fashion designer Christian Louboutin was born.

Louboutin is one of the world's most well-known shoe designers. He opened his first shop in Paris in 1992 and his red-soled shoes quickly became synonymous with luxury and celebrity.

Louboutin was also the subject of a 2011 exhibition at the Design Museum, where over 200 of his shoe designs went on display.

📸 Luke Hayes

Join us on Saturday 20 January for a screening of SKATE DREAMS 🛹 This will be a special matinee screening of Jessica Edw...
06/01/2024

Join us on Saturday 20 January for a screening of SKATE DREAMS 🛹

This will be a special matinee screening of Jessica Edward’s documentary, followed by a conversation with Skate GB’s star Lilly Strachan and 1970s skate legend Thea Cutts.

Book now: https://bit.ly/3tGiD3Z

Check out Frank Gehry’s curvaceous Wiggle Side Chair 〰️ In the 1970s, the Canadian-American architect and designer creat...
06/01/2024

Check out Frank Gehry’s curvaceous Wiggle Side Chair 〰️

In the 1970s, the Canadian-American architect and designer created a furniture series called Easy Edges where he experimented with the corrugated cardboard which was originally used to make models of his buildings.

In doing this, he created sculptural forms from the everyday material which were both strong and comfortable.

Come and see this design IRL in our permanent collection display, Designer Maker User. Tap the link to plan your visit - https://bit.ly/3oQX3ax

📸 modernegallery on Instagram

The colourful Bioscleave House in New York was designed to slow down the effects of ageing and death 🌈Designed by artist...
05/01/2024

The colourful Bioscleave House in New York was designed to slow down the effects of ageing and death 🌈

Designed by artists and architects Arakawa and Gins, the unique residence was completed in 2008. A maze of vibrant colours, undulating floors and uneven surfaces, the house was intentionally designed to challenge the inhabitants' perceptions and force them to constantly adjust and reorient themselves. The idea was that this constant engagement with the environment would stimulate the body and mind, potentially extending life.

While the house has garnered attention for its unconventional design and philosophical underpinnings, it has also sparked debates about the practicality and liveability of such a space.

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Join us on Saturday 27 January for a Sublimation Textile Printing Workshop ✨ Create your own sparkling accessories using...
04/01/2024

Join us on Saturday 27 January for a Sublimation Textile Printing Workshop ✨

Create your own sparkling accessories using up-cycled fabrics with NEWGEN designer Sadie Williams.

Book now: https://bit.ly/46eI622

Just over seventy years ago London was home to the Skylon - a futuristic 'floating' marvel 🤩 This 300-foot-tall structur...
04/01/2024

Just over seventy years ago London was home to the Skylon - a futuristic 'floating' marvel 🤩

This 300-foot-tall structure was designed by architects Powell and Moya in 1951 for the Festival of Britain. The aim of this festival was to showcase achievements in the arts, science, technology and design in the aftermath of World War II.

Made from steel and aluminium, the Skylon was one of the key sights of this festival. It was intended as a symbol of progress and innovation, and it was suspended by cables, giving the structure the appearance of floating in the air.

Due to financial constraints and debates about its long-term existence, Skylon was dismantled in 1952. Despite its brief existence, it remains a notable representation of mid-20th-century design and innovation.

Renowned designer and architect Charles Eames understood that toys, often seen as simple playthings, are instrumental in...
02/01/2024

Renowned designer and architect Charles Eames understood that toys, often seen as simple playthings, are instrumental in shaping a person's mind.

This quote can be perfectly applied to the skateboard, which started out as a rudimentary toy in the 1950s and has since developed into a technically sophisticated product and recognised tool to unlock freedom and empowerment.

Our SKATEBOARD exhibition, curated by industrial designer Jonathan Olivares, explores the skateboard's technical developments alongside evolving social acceptance.

Catch it at the Design Museum until June 2024 - tickets and more info: https://bit.ly/3DqERrU

01/01/2024

⭐ HAPPY NEW YEAR ⭐

We’re looking forward to 2024 and all of the exciting things coming up at the museum...

🍐 A career-spanning retrospective of Italian designer Enzo Mari, curated by
Hans Ulrich Obrist with Francesca Giacomelli
💖A new exhibition exploring the design evolution of one of the world’s most famous dolls, Barbie
🎥 A major exhibition inviting visitors into the world of legendary filmmaker Tim Burton - Official Page
✨ The Ralph Saltzman Prize 2024
🎒 Our annual Design Ventura display
☀️ Design Researchers in Residence: Solar display

Find out more: https://bit.ly/3RNwY83

Join us on 7 February for a special evening to celebrate the opening of The Ralph Saltzman Prize 2024.   The 2024 winner...
30/12/2023

Join us on 7 February for a special evening to celebrate the opening of The Ralph Saltzman Prize 2024.

The 2024 winner (who will be announced in January) will be in-conversation with Chief Curator Johanna Agerman Ross.

Book now: https://bit.ly/47bpsIh

Orange you glad to see Japan's fruit-shaped bus stops on your feed? 🍊🍎🍓 Originally built in 1990 for the Nagasaki Travel...
29/12/2023

Orange you glad to see Japan's fruit-shaped bus stops on your feed? 🍊🍎🍓

Originally built in 1990 for the Nagasaki Travel Expo, these unique bus stops showcase local produce and promote tourism along the National Route 207 between Konagai and Isahaya.

These designs are now a permanent fixture, adding a fruity twist to resident’s commutes and creating a joyful and welcoming environment for visitors.

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Join us on 11 February for a film screening of the documentary Paris is Burning ⚡ Join fashion designer Ashish Gupta for...
28/12/2023

Join us on 11 February for a film screening of the documentary Paris is Burning ⚡

Join fashion designer Ashish Gupta for a matinee screening of the iconic documentary, marking the end of the exhibition REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion.

Book now: https://bit.ly/4asSwhp

Closing out the year, our final design of the week of 2023 is the delightful Toucan table lamp 💡 Designed around 1970 by...
28/12/2023

Closing out the year, our final design of the week of 2023 is the delightful Toucan table lamp 💡

Designed around 1970 by Italian designer Enea Ferrari, this lamp was one of the first lighting products made of plastic with children in mind.

Fast forward to today, and Ferrari's creation has evolved into a timeless treasure, coveted by modern antique enthusiasts.

Image credit: Line Zero

Snuggle up this Boxing Day morning with a few of our top picks for comfiest looking sofas. Which of these iconic designs...
26/12/2023

Snuggle up this Boxing Day morning with a few of our top picks for comfiest looking sofas. Which of these iconic designs would be your ultimate lounging companion? 🛋️

1. Dune Ensemble by Pierre Paulin, 1970
2. Togo Sofa for Ligne Roset by Michael Ducaory, 1973
3. The Soriana sofa by Afra and Tobia Scarpa, 1969
4. 11-piece Missoni ‘Mah Jong’ sofa set for Roche Bobois, by Hans Hopfer

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us at the Design Museum 🎄❤️Illustration by Sara Taghdimi
25/12/2023

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us at the Design Museum 🎄❤️

Illustration by Sara Taghdimi

2023 has been a fantastic year at the Design Museum, and we want to say a big thank you to all our visitors and members ...
24/12/2023

2023 has been a fantastic year at the Design Museum, and we want to say a big thank you to all our visitors and members 💛

We recently asked our members to tell us their favourite thing about the Design Museum - check out a few of their answers above!

What was your favourite thing you saw at the Design Museum this year?

Tap the link to find out more about becoming a Design Museum member in 2024 - https://bit.ly/3RuTwcn

Quote credits - Céline M, Natasha Wright
Image credits - sraeesk, hitomi.tawo on Instagram

Calling all skateboarders age 16 and under! Get your boards at the ready for our new holiday sessions with Skate Gals & ...
23/12/2023

Calling all skateboarders age 16 and under! Get your boards at the ready for our new holiday sessions with Skate Gals & Pals 🛹

Join us inside the SKATEBOARD exhibition from Wednesday 27 December 2023 to Sunday 7 January 2024, where skateboarding lessons will be taking place between 12:00 and 15:00.

These sessions are for skaters under 16 years old and their families - please bring at least one adult with you. Each participant should be able to comfortably skate around and balance on their board. Equipment is available to hire for free.

Don't miss this rare chance to skateboard inside a major museum - tap the link to find out more and book your spot: https://bit.ly/3Tvjyid

Join us on 20 & 21 January or 20 & 21 April for a tailoring masterclass 🧵 In this two-day course with Tim O’Sullivan, le...
22/12/2023

Join us on 20 & 21 January or 20 & 21 April for a tailoring masterclass 🧵

In this two-day course with Tim O’Sullivan, learn how to create a professional paper pattern template for a fully lined tailored jacket.

Book now: https://bit.ly/3MMmjY2

From the Art Deco streets of Miami, to South Africa's largest pineapple building, this year Architecture Friday has take...
22/12/2023

From the Art Deco streets of Miami, to South Africa's largest pineapple building, this year Architecture Friday has taken us on a trip around the globe. Here are our most loved Architecture Friday posts of 2023.

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1. Eastern Columbia Building in Los Angeles by Claud Beelman (elizabethdaniels01)
2. Hoover Building in London by Wallis, Gilbert and Partners, 1933 (okolo_architecture)
3. The Pineapple Building in South Africa, 1990 (cookingandbakingcreations)
4. Fort Worth Water Gardens by Philip Johnson, 1974 (Gordon Gahan)
5. Art Deco buildings in Miami ()

Which is your favourite and why? ✈️

A few of our favourite red and green designs from the collection to get you into the festive spirit 😍 Which is your favo...
21/12/2023

A few of our favourite red and green designs from the collection to get you into the festive spirit 😍

Which is your favourite design and why?

1. Ultra Power Stand Mixer, Egmont C. Arens, 1937
2. Bendable fork and spoon, Saito Kogyo Co., 2003
3. Facett chair, Ronan Bouroullec, 2005
4. Long reach watering can, Plysu Plc, 1991
5. London Bus Stop Sign, Fitch Design, 1998
6. Tip Ton chair, Barber Osgerby, 2011

Ethiopian designer Feben on the hope that her creations will provoke an emotional response.One of Feben's amazing design...
20/12/2023

Ethiopian designer Feben on the hope that her creations will provoke an emotional response.

One of Feben's amazing designs is on display in REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion - an incredible red shirred number developed during her studies at Central Saint Martins.

She created this piece with the intention that the wearer should feel like they are dressed in a work of art.

Come and see this look IRL as part of REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion, on at the Design Museum until 11 February 2024. Tap the link to book your tickets - https://bit.ly/3PkxlWB

Best of Design Of The Week 2023 | From Apple’s classic iPod to Phillippe Starck’s UFO-like Juicy Salif, here’s a round-u...
19/12/2023

Best of Design Of The Week 2023 | From Apple’s classic iPod to Phillippe Starck’s UFO-like Juicy Salif, here’s a round-up of our most popular Designs of the Week from 2023...

The Apple iPod 🎵
Phillippe Starck’s Juicy Salif for Alessi 🛸
Orange Fiskars Scissors by Olof Bäckström 🧡
A McDonald's McFlurry container from 1986 🍦
Jif Lemon Juice packaging 🍋

Which design do you think deserves the top spot?

Down by the seaside in Brighton, East Sussex, you’ll find Wells Coates modernist gem Embassy Court ⛱️ The architect and ...
17/12/2023

Down by the seaside in Brighton, East Sussex, you’ll find Wells Coates modernist gem Embassy Court ⛱️

The architect and designer was born on this day in 1901. He didn’t originally train in the profession, however over time became an influential figure in the Modernist architecture movement.

Completed in 1935, Embassy Court was famous at the time for having England’s first penthouse suites, as well as a restaurant, a rooftop sun terrace and a garage for residents' cars.

Coates followed Le Corbusier’s theory that houses should be 'machines for living in' and he achieved this philosophy through offering tenants radical new furniture and kitchen designs. The sleek lines and dramatic exterior of Embassy Court has made this building an iconic part of Brighton's architectural heritage.

Join us on Saturday 27 January for a sublimation textile printing workshop ⚡ Join NEWGEN designer Sadie Williams and exp...
16/12/2023

Join us on Saturday 27 January for a sublimation textile printing workshop ⚡

Join NEWGEN designer Sadie Williams and experiment with printing techniques to create your own sparkling accessories.

Book now: https://bit.ly/46eI622

Designer Roksanda Ilinčić on why she chose London as the place to set up her eponymous brand Roksanda.The Serbian-born d...
16/12/2023

Designer Roksanda Ilinčić on why she chose London as the place to set up her eponymous brand Roksanda.

The Serbian-born designer was part of the British Fashion Council's NEWGEN scheme in 2005 and she designed this beautiful cloud-like dress for her Spring/Summer show in 2007 ☁️

The voluminous dress was inspired by ‘the beauty of being a woman’. The look is topped off with a giant bow in the same material created by her friend Noel Stewart.

Come and see this look IRL in our REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion exhibition, open until February 2024. Tickets via the link (members go free!) - https://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/rebel-30-years-of-london-fashion

Image 1 credit - Lowri Cooper

A look at Oscar Niemeyer’s futuristic Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, located in Brazil 🛸 Located on a hill in Rio de J...
15/12/2023

A look at Oscar Niemeyer’s futuristic Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, located in Brazil 🛸

Located on a hill in Rio de Janeiro, the museum towers over the sea below. Originally built in 1996 by Niemeyer with help from structural engineer Bruno Contarini, today it is a staple of modern architecture. Depending on the onlooker, it can resemble a floating rock, flower or spaceship.

Niemeyer is one of Brazil's greatest architects and he was born on this day in 1907. He graduated from the National School of Fine Arts in Rio de Janeiro in 1934 and went on to work with influential architect Lúcio Costa.

He had a simple goal to ‘give beauty to the world’ and his legacy extends far beyond the hills of Rio de Janeiro, leaving an enduring legacy in global architecture.

Remembering American designer Ray Eames, who was born  on this day in 1912 🎈 Ray graduated from the Bennett School for G...
15/12/2023

Remembering American designer Ray Eames, who was born on this day in 1912 🎈

Ray graduated from the Bennett School for Girls in 1933 and then moved to New York City where she studied under artist Hans Hofmann. After this she became a founding member of the American Abstract Artists group.

Ray eventually became a household name in the world of furniture, architecture and graphic design alongside her husband Charles Eames, who once said ‘anything I can do, Ray can do better.’

Together they became responsible for changing the idea of what furniture could be.

📸 Eames Office

Looking for experience Christmas gifts? Or just want to plan something fun to do in the new year? Check out some of our ...
14/12/2023

Looking for experience Christmas gifts? Or just want to plan something fun to do in the new year? Check out some of our upcoming 2024 events 👀

🛹 A screening of the documentary SKATE DREAMS
📖 A launch for new book Systems Ultra with author
🎨 A Design and Screen Print your own Brand workshop
✨ An in-conversation with the 2024 Ralph Saltzman Prize winner
✏️ A Fashion Life Drawing workshop
💙 A Natural Indigo Dyes workshop

Tap the link to find out more and book - https://bit.ly/3J7mYlb

📸 Gareth Gardner

A look at Highpoint I and Highpoint II - two excellent examples of modernist architecture in London 🤍Designed by archite...
14/12/2023

A look at Highpoint I and Highpoint II - two excellent examples of modernist architecture in London 🤍

Designed by architect Berthold Lubetkin who was born on this day in 1901, these iconic residential buildings show Lubetkin's commitment to the ideals of modernism and the belief that architecture should improve people's lives.

Highpoint I, completed in 1935, was one of the UK's first modernist residential buildings, known for its curved balconies, large windows and innovative use of concrete. Highpoint II, completed in 1938, expanded upon the design of the first building. Both buildings were revolutionary in their time and played a significant role in the development of modernist architecture in Britain.

Images 1, 2, 5 are Highpoint I
Images 3, 4 are Highpoint II

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Images 3 + 5 by modarchitecture on IG
Image 4 by kussmark on IG

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