Well Designed

Over the holidays I got a chance to visit a museum in a new home!


The Design Museum

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The Design Museum recently reopened in its new home in South Kensington next to Holland Park. It’s a really lovely spot. Also, loads of people walk their dogs in the park! – which is always a win for me.

 

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The interior is beautiful with a well lit central hall.  There is surprisingly little exhibition space but there are loads rooms, cafes, two shops and spaces to hang out.  This hall has definitely been a hit on Instagram.

 

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This wall is a collection 100 design icons as voted by the people. I love the Ikea bag! It was so fun and a great introduction to the permanent galleries.

 

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After the 100 objects was this lovely timeline and a triad describing the three main themes of the museum: Designer, User and Maker.

 

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Objects chosen by the museum were ones that helped change the world. For example: shipping containers! Their design revolutionised the shipping industry and therefore the world.  Good design can change so much.

 

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This includes typography and signs! Typefaces like Helvetica or the Johnson (Tube) type are iconic and intentionally easy to read. Good design is clear and efficient in expression.

 

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They even had an amazing giant 3-D printer!  This kind of printing will change the future. What will happen when we can make anything we want? I think good design will win out and hand-crafting skills will become more valued and less common.


Rating: 4/5

Pros: Great collection, amazing building, excellent interpretation and flow of space, fun interactives, helpful staff, fantastic shops, nice cafe and restaurant, cool study spaces, nice location

Cons: The permanent galleries were a bit hard to get to, not a lot of display space, gets crowded, could use more seating for those with mobility issues

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