The design Museum in London

The design Museum in London

  • Country: England
  • City: London
  • Address: 28 Shad Thames London SE1 2YD

This Museum was an innovation, hitherto of nowhere, this was not. Contemporary design Museum in London was the first devoted to this field. Developed its concept by Terence Conran – the head and the head of the company Kornan group, which has developed the main project. The basis was taken of the building that served in the 40-ies of XX century banana warehouse near tower bridge on the banks of the Thames. With the participation of Terence Conran, the building was largely reconstructed in a modernist style. The work was carried out with funding by interested companies, designers and various organizations, including charity, and was completed in 1989, when it was opened as a Museum.


Over the years, the Museum has gained not only popularity, but has become a benchmark of professionalism for many designers. Only unique works of sculptors, artists and designers have the right to be represented here. But if something falls in the permanent exhibition, the author of such works are forever gets the status “brilliant and great.”


The Museum itself is small for such subjects – a total of 34000 m2, consisting of 2 floors and surrounding areas for installations of large-scale works. 1st floor is: office space, offices, a cafe, shop modern design toilets that are an attraction as the exhibits, designed by Australian designer Marc Newson.


On the 2nd floor there are constantly changing exhibitions devoted to a variety of areas. Mostly of the items are achievement in architectural design, design of clothes, shoes, various products and packaging to them, furniture, office equipment, cars, household items. Here are not only graphic designs, but also creations. Sometimes there are stunning exhibits and this Museum is a place of pilgrimage for designers and artists from around the world. Come here and learn, and for ideas for his works.

Mainly lectures and familiarization with new concepts in fashion and design are held in the closed space of the first floor of the Museum located between the 1st and 2nd floors. The ordinary visitor is not allowed here. This space, in addition, shall be for conducting scientific and business conferences or ceremonies. The room itself is also a sample interior design in blue tones in the style of “swimming pool”.

On the 3rd floor there are permanent exhibitions, telling about the historical development of design, about design from different eras. Here also are the expositions devoted to the great designers of our time. Among the exhibits in the depths there is a small room which is a “Centre of education”. This is the Department of education and training for children visiting the Museum as part of school excursions.

Currently, the design Museum prepares to move to a new area, under construction in Kensington on the site of the building of the Commonwealth Institute. And it is expected that this expansion will bring him even greater popularity and authority, both in England and in the world.