Design helps people to understand the world. Design goes along with the time. Design ensures that everyday life is user friendly and easier. And that it will go along just as fast as the time goes. Design is the future and London is definitely taking part in it too.
From childhood I was already immersed in the world of Art & Design. Today I still take it with me. And how nice is it to share this personal interest with your own child. As you already knew, Lara and I like to visit the museum. This time we visited the Design Museum.
The Design Museum was founded in 1989 as the first museum especially for modern design.
The first location of the museum was in an old warehouse for bananas from the forties, located on the Thames near the Tower Bridge in the Bankside district in the center of London. This warehouse was completely rebuilt in 1989 according to the ideas of designer and museum founder Sir Terence Conran. After twenty years the building became too small, so they looked for a broader alternative.
On the 24th of November 2016 the Design Museum opened its doors on the new location at Kensington High Street. The interior of the building was taken care by designer John Pawson, the Masterplan was developed by OMA. During the renovation, you could follow the process at the social channels of the Design Museum.
The Museum is the world’s leading museum in the field of contemporary design and architecture. In addition, the museum offers an international platform for contemporary designers. The collection of the Design Museum is an important report of the most influential designs that have formed the modern world. It tells the history of mass production, from the production innovations of the nineteenth century to the digital and creative revolution of the last couple of years. The collection covers all aspects of design, including architecture, fashion, furniture, product and graphic design, digital media and transport.
Time to take a look at this leading museum. Lara and I took the bus from Chiswick to South Kensington and got off at Kensington High Street where the museum on the street side is indicated with several flagpols. Ideal playground for a two years old child. After five minutes running around between the poles, it was time to find the entrance to the museum.
The Museum features a modern look. Once inside you enter a spacious hall with a view to the ridge of the building. We are informed at the information desk about the various exhibitions. The museum offers an introduction to the history of contemporary design and the future of design with permanent and temporary exhibitions and pop-ups. We decided to take a look at the exhibition ‘Designer Maker User’.
‘Designer Maker User’ is an introduction to the museum’s collection and looks at the development of modern design through these three interconnected roles. The exhibition features almost 1000 items of twentieth and twenty-first century design, viewed through the corners of the designer, the manufacturer and the user, including a wall with crowdsourcing.
The exhibition covers a wide range of design disciplines, from architecture and engineering to the digital world, fashion and graphic design. The design of the exhibition is made by Studio Myerscough, the digital interactive devices come from Studio Kin.
The Designer segment of the exhibition is based on the sense of the Italian architect Ernesto Rogers: ‘from the spoon to the city’. It examines the ways in which the designer’s thinking process informs projects on every scale, from the smallest to the largest.
In Maker the exhibition follows the evolution of production. On display are the Thonet-curved wooden lounge chairs, robotic arms and a 3D printer including prints. Everyday objects and striking designs are presented in the museum at various production stages.
A display on the User examines the interaction between people and brands that have come to define the modern world. The exhibited products, including a Sony Walkman, Olivetti Valentine Typewriter and Apple Iphone demonstrate how design has changed the way we communicate.
When you have completed the route, you end up in a room with a large table where you are challenged to work as a designer as well. Visitors can choose from four different assignments within the themes: fashion, product, transport and graphic. When Lara saw some paper and pencils on the table, she immediately stepped on the chair to draw diligently.
Before we ended our visit to the restaurant for a delicious muffin with apple juice, we first brought a visit to the shop. It looked so inviting with all those beautiful gadgets and design products. Nice for all ages.
For more information, current exhibitions and opening hours, please visit the website of the Design Museum.