Design Museum

Design Museum The Design Museum is the only place in the UK where the design industry, education and the public can come together to change the way people think about themselves and the future.
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The museum is a registered charity founded in 1989. The Design Museum is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The museum is a registered charity founded in 1989. The Design Museum is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Operating as usual

Nine designers were challenged by AHEC Europe and Made by Benchmark  to design an office space suited to our new way of ...
23/09/2020

Nine designers were challenged by AHEC Europe and Made by Benchmark to design an office space suited to our new way of living. | Discover how Ini Archibong's idea has the capacity to transform you to another space. > https://fal.cn/3ausa

22/09/2020

COMING UP | From 21 October, enjoy a temporary exhibition marking the launch of Network Rail's new customised typeface, Rail Alphabet 2, brought to you from the co-designer behind the UK's timeless road signage system, Margaret Calvert. > https://fal.cn/3ac7v

Are you a Design Museum member? | Priority book your timed slots for the upcoming Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition...
22/09/2020

Are you a Design Museum member? | Priority book your timed slots for the upcoming Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition from tomorrow. 🎟️ Find out more here. > https://fal.cn/3atdP

Presenting iconic designs first featured in Sir Terence Conran's 2011 The Way We Live Now exhibition at the Design Museu...
19/09/2020

Presenting iconic designs first featured in Sir Terence Conran's 2011 The Way We Live Now exhibition at the Design Museum...

Image | A feature of the 60s family home, the versatile Book Shelving Unit by Terence could also display decorative items for a personalised feel.

Presenting iconic designs first featured in Sir Terence Conran's 2011 The Way We Live Now exhibition at the Design Museu...
19/09/2020

Presenting iconic designs first featured in Sir Terence Conran's 2011 The Way We Live Now exhibition at the Design Museum...

Image | The iconic 1964 paper bag for Terence's store Habitat, which brought flat-pack furniture, the duvet (1968) and the wok (1967) to the UK.

Did You Know  | Sir Terence Conran started Habitat when he couldn’t persuade any existing furniture shops to stock his d...
19/09/2020

Did You Know | Sir Terence Conran started Habitat when he couldn’t persuade any existing furniture shops to stock his designs. Inspired by a banker who had whispered in his ear, “Why are you not doing more? Why are you so unambitious?” - he soon opened his first store in 1964.

Did You Know | Sir Terence Conran opened his first Habitat store in 1964 on Fulham Road in Chelsea, growing from a singl...
19/09/2020

Did You Know | Sir Terence Conran opened his first Habitat store in 1964 on Fulham Road in Chelsea, growing from a single, high profile outlet in London to an international chain. Staff wore uniforms designed by Mary Quant and had their hair styled by Vidal Sassoon. https://fal.cn/3aqbc

Presenting iconic designs first featured in Sir Terence Conran's 2011 The Way We Live Now exhibition at the Design Museu...
18/09/2020

Presenting iconic designs first featured in Sir Terence Conran's 2011 The Way We Live Now exhibition at the Design Museum...

Image | Matador chair & footstool designed by Terence was a fresh take on the traditional wingback chair. Made for sophistication and comfort.

18/09/2020

Throwback | Hear from the late design visionary, Sir Terence Conran, as he sat down with former designer in residence, Ella Bulley, to talk about his distinguished design career and his hope for the Design Museum's future. https://fal.cn/3ap0q

Throwback | 'If you believe in Britain's important centre stage role in the creative industries, then join me in this on...
18/09/2020

Throwback | 'If you believe in Britain's important centre stage role in the creative industries, then join me in this once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a landmark museum of design and architecture in the UK.' - Sir Terence Conran opens the new Design Museum in 2016.

Did You Know | During the Design Museum's brief years at the V&A (1981 - 86), Sir Terence Conran was so enthralled by th...
18/09/2020

Did You Know | During the Design Museum's brief years at the V&A (1981 - 86), Sir Terence Conran was so enthralled by the museum director's moustache and brown velvet suits, that he playfully suggested taxidermy was required to preserve the man as a valuable period piece.

image | Where it all ended in 1986 – the Boilerhouse Coke! exhibition that according to Conran was so popular it led to them being asked to leave the V&A.

Presenting iconic designs first featured in Sir Terence Conran's 2011 The Way We Live Now exhibition at the Design Museu...
17/09/2020

Presenting iconic designs first featured in Sir Terence Conran's 2011 The Way We Live Now exhibition at the Design Museum...

Image | The changeable 59th Street sofa designed by Terence is a well-balanced timeless design, floating on steel strip skis,

Did You Know  | Sir Terence Conran's great passions was food and he became a renowned restaurateur. Less well remembered...
17/09/2020

Did You Know | Sir Terence Conran's great passions was food and he became a renowned restaurateur. Less well remembered was his restaurant, the Orrery, which was named after an antique astronomical instrument, which along with butterflies was another of Terence’s enthusiasms.

Image | Inside the original Orrery, named after astronomical instruments that fascinated Conran. An antique orrery was featured inside Terence's house on Regent's Park Terrace during the 1950s. It was located on a sideboard that Terence designed and manufactured.

Eduardo Paolozzi's Head of Invention sculpture is a familiar sight on your way into the Design Museum. However, did you ...
17/09/2020

Eduardo Paolozzi's Head of Invention sculpture is a familiar sight on your way into the Design Museum. However, did you know that Sir Terence Conran's relationship with Paolozzi goes further back. Paolozzi taught Terence how to weld as a student in exchange for a risotto recipe.
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Image | The original model for Paolozzi's Head of Invention captured on a shelf inside Barton Court, Sir Terence's family home.

Into the Archive | 'I found him sitting at the desk, like Madame Tussaud come to life, It was all I could do to stop him...
17/09/2020

Into the Archive | 'I found him sitting at the desk, like Madame Tussaud come to life, It was all I could do to stop him lighting a Havana.' Deyan Sudjic, Director Emeritus, reflects on Sir Terence Conran's replica study featured in the Design Museum's 2011's exhibition about the design great, The Way We Live Now. https://fal.cn/3an8e

Presenting iconic designs first featured in Sir Terence Conran's 2011 The Way We Live Now exhibition at the Design Museu...
16/09/2020

Presenting iconic designs first featured in Sir Terence Conran's 2011 The Way We Live Now exhibition at the Design Museum...

Image | Reminiscent of a stack of books, the Balance alcove shelving unit designed by Terence is a contemporary modular design.

16/09/2020

'Sir Terence Conran created a great institution – the Design Museum - of which he was justifiably proud and with which he remained fully engaged. It was a privilege and an inspiration to know him.' - Tim Marlow, Director and Chief Executive. https://fal.cn/3alPa

16/09/2020

The Design Museum shares some of Sir Terence Conran's insightful wisdom on design. What are your most memorable words from the design visionary? 💙https://fal.cn/3alLW

16/09/2020

Did You Know | Whilst working as a washer up in a Parisian restaurant, Sir Terence Conran discovered one of the waiters was stealing sides of beef by smuggling them in his trousers!
What are some of your favourite stories from the legendary design giant? https://fal.cn/3alIA

The Design Museum will celebrate Terence Conran’s life, career and contribution to the museum with a commemorative displ...
12/09/2020

The Design Museum will celebrate Terence Conran’s life, career and contribution to the museum with a commemorative display and memory book for the public to sign. Find out about his life and achievements here > https://fal.cn/3ahdn

12/09/2020
Sir Terence Conran (1931-2020)

Remembering Terence Conran, who founded the Design Museum in Shad Thames in 1989 following an innovative start as the Boilerhouse in the basement of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Sir Terence Conran was a visionary mentor, leader and philanthropist.

The Design Museum mourns the loss of its founder, design visionary, Sir Terence Conran. The designer, philanthropist and...
12/09/2020

The Design Museum mourns the loss of its founder, design visionary, Sir Terence Conran. The designer, philanthropist and businessman sadly passed away on Saturday 12 September 2020, at 88 years old. Sir Terence Conran had a bigger impact on British life than any other designer of his generation, revolutionising everyday living. https://fal.cn/3ahcx

The Connected by Design display from AHEC Europe and Made by Benchmark is now open | With a ticket to #Electronic, disco...
10/09/2020

The Connected by Design display from AHEC Europe and Made by Benchmark is now open | With a ticket to #Electronic, discover how designers and craftspeople adapted their working practices during lockdown through nine innovative furniture designs.

Swipe in the carousel to see the final designs. Find out more about the project here. > https://fal.cn/3aePM

10/09/2020

Hear from the jury about which three films from this year's Design Film Festival they found compelling and urgent. | Tune in for the opening event on Friday 11 September at 7pm (BST) via the link here.> https://fal.cn/3aeMK
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Event in partnership with Kingston University and INSTITUT FRANÇAIS

10/09/2020

Curated by MA Curating Contemporary Design students at Kingston University , in partnership with the Design Museum and INSTITUT FRANÇAIS, the Design Film Festival starts tomorrow! Discover how design and visual communication is shaping our perspective of the moving image.> https://fal.cn/3aemR

Lunch and Learn | From electronic music artists including: Hot Chip, David Bowie, Modestep and the Chemical Brothers, to...
09/09/2020

Lunch and Learn | From electronic music artists including: Hot Chip, David Bowie, Modestep and the Chemical Brothers, to pop-icons such as Rihanna, Kate Tabor, has designed costumes for some of the biggest names in the music business. Enter her studio on IGTV > https://fal.cn/3adAj

09/09/2020

2/3 Take a sneak peek into costume designer, @kate_tabor’s studio and find out how the costumes behind some iconic music videos were made in today’s #LunchandLearn, now live on IGTV.
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Kate’s work spans film, music videos and commercials and she is known for her unique one-off pieces. Much of her work has been featured in electronic music videos, including for artists such as Hot Chip, Modestep and her work for Smith & Lyall (@smithandlyall) on The Chemical Brothers live visuals. Outside of the world of dance music, some of Kate’s commissions also include pieces for David Bowie, Rihanna and Childish Gambino.
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Have you ever wondered how the buoyant dancing figures in the Got to Keep on tour visuals (show directors @smithandlyall ) were created? Kate demonstrates the sewing techniques that went into making these amorphous costumes, and it’s not as complicated as it looks!
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Since its release as a single from @thechemicalbrothers ' double Grammy winning album, ‘No Geography’ in February 2019, Got to Keep On has continued to spellbind its fans, as a legendary soundtrack and as a multi-sensory live experience directed by @smithandlyall. Now for the first time ever, visitors will be able to see the amazing costumes up-close in a museum premiere of the immersive Keep On experience. A selection of the Got to Keep On costumes will also be on display inside the exhibition. Book your tickets and gift vouchers via the link in the bio.
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Lunch and Learn | Kate Tabor, the designer behind some of the most iconic costumes in the music industry, including the ...
09/09/2020

Lunch and Learn | Kate Tabor, the designer behind some of the most iconic costumes in the music industry, including the 'Got to Keep On' designs for the The Chemical Brothers, is giving us a sneak peek of her studio on IGTV at 12.15PM BST today. Stay tuned for the tour, plus a demo of how she designed one of the sleeves for the legendary pink figures. > https://fal.cn/3acYS

08/09/2020

COMING UP | From 21 October, enjoy a temporary exhibition marking the launch of Network Rail's new customised typeface, Rail Alphabet 2, brought to you from the co-designer behind the UK's timeless road signage system, Margaret Calvert. > https://fal.cn/3ac7v

Ever wondered how the costumes imagined by the show directors for The Chemical Brothers, Smith & Lyall, for track, 'Got ...
08/09/2020

Ever wondered how the costumes imagined by the show directors for The Chemical Brothers, Smith & Lyall, for track, 'Got to Keep On', were made? Costume designer, Kate Tabor, gives us a quick demo on IGTV. Tune in tomorrow at 12.15PM BST. > https://fal.cn/3ac0u

September's Phaidon.com book of the month is the new edition of the Design Book. | From the paper clip to the Eames Loun...
08/09/2020

September's Phaidon.com book of the month is the new edition of the Design Book. | From the paper clip to the Eames Lounge Chair, explore hundreds of everyday objects from the past five centuries that have shaped our society. https://fal.cn/3abIg

Images | (L) Wassily Chair (1925), Marcel Breuer (1902-81) (R) 9093 Whistling Kettle (1985), Michael Graves (1934-)

Enter the world of costume designer, Kate Tabor, and discover some of her most extraordinary pieces worn by clients such...
08/09/2020

Enter the world of costume designer, Kate Tabor, and discover some of her most extraordinary pieces worn by clients such as Childish Gambino, Rihanna and The Chemical Brothers. Tune in tomorrow, IGTV - 12.15PM BST. > https://fal.cn/3abz6

This month's Phaidon.com book of the month is the latest edition of the Design Book, the ultimate collection of the most...
08/09/2020

This month's Phaidon.com book of the month is the latest edition of the Design Book, the ultimate collection of the most innovative, beautiful, and influential products ever designed. Discover more here > https://fal.cn/3abqV

07/09/2020

2/3 Today’s #DesignDispatches featuring nine international designers, @officialheatherwickstudio, @jaimehayon, @sabine_marcelis, @studio_swine, @studiopepe_official, @mariajeglinska, @iniarchibong, @mariabruundesign and @sebastianherkner, to mark the upcoming #connectedbydesign display from @ahec_europe and @madebybenchmark, is now live on IGTV!
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On being challenged to create a set of furniture suited to their new way of working and living using a mixture of sustainable U.S hardwoods…
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“I’m a defender of real materials” - @jaimehayon
“I think there’s a nice opportunity in furniture to bring together the sculptural and the architectural” - @studio_swine
“This period has only heightened our respect for nature and trees” - @studiopepe_official
“How we use wood contributes to sustainability and the health of the planet” - @iniarchibong
“The way I look at most projects is to analyse the material and understand what the production possibilities are” - @sabine_marcelis
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#LDF20 @l_d_f_official #designcommunity #londonisopen #rediscoversouthkensington #thedesignmuseum #designdaily #chairdesign #furnituredesign #interiors #ihavethisthingwithhome #cornerofmyhome #dwell #interiordesign #workingfromhome #wfm #moderndesign #homeoffice

How do creative teams adapt whilst working at a distance, and often operating from new, improvised home offices?---Chall...
07/09/2020

How do creative teams adapt whilst working at a distance, and often operating from new, improvised home offices?
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Challenged by AHEC Europe and Made by Benchmark, nine international designers have been tasked to make a set of furniture for our new way of living and working relying solely on digital communication to bring their creations to life.
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Discover their journey in today's Design Dispatches on IGTV at 17.00PM BST. > https://fal.cn/3aaif

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By Underground: District and Circle lines to Kensington High Street, Central line to Holland Park. Continue on foot. District and Picadilly line to South Kensington. 30 minute walk by foot via Exhibition Road. By Rail: Overground network to Kensington Olympia. Continue on foot. By Bus: The following bus routes stop near to the Design Museum: 9, 10, 27, 28, 49, C1

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