A celebration of the Design Museum's Collection, examining the impact of design on the modern world, whilst also exploring the consequences of design and how it shapes our lives and contemporary culture.
This is Design is a celebration of the Design Museum’s Collection, which
examines the impact of design on the modern world, whilst also exploring
the consequences of design and how it shapes our lives and contemporary
The Collection has been in storage for over five years and during this period
it has been catalogued, conserved and documented. The Collection
contains pieces ranging from early items of mass manufacture through to
cutting edge contemporary design and includes furniture, fashion, transport,
products, ceramics and graphics.
Design can help us absorb and adapt to change and make positive use of a modern world which could otherwise be confusing. By using themes such as Identity, Manufacturing Innovations, the Digital Revolution and Lifecycle the exhibition will look at how design provides a visual language to help use the objects around us. Prototypes, drawings, couture samples, models, first editions and finished industrial objects will be on display demonstrating the design process and subsequent influence of design on the contemporary culture. The exhibition will also explore ‘quiet’ design, demonstrating how design surrounds us and how whether accidental or subtle, design plays a role in shaping the way we live and enables us to understand the world around us.
Highlights from the collection including the Anglepoise lamp, the original Mini and the Moulton bicycle will be displayed alongside large scale architectural models to include Sir Norman Foster’s HSBC Bank headquarters in Hong Kong, couture garments and street furniture, UK road signs and traffic lights will also be on display. Supplemented by loans and gifts, and celebrating new acquisitions to the collection, the exhibition also looks at the changing role of collecting design and future developments of the Design Museum Collection as it prepares to move to a new home at the former Commonwealth Institute. The new museum will provide dedicated gallery space to display the collection and celebrate the importance of design through a permanent display.
For more information please contact: Naomi Li at M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment
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