Design Museum

Founded in 1989, The Design Museum shows a series of changing exhibitions on contemporary design from fashion to furniture, and architecture to product design.

The museum champions creative thinking and inspired problem solving, celebrating the talent of the world's best designers and architects. Housed in a former banana warehouse on the Southbank, the institution has a strong claim to the title of the world's first museum of modern design.

Permanent collections

The Design Museum does not yet display a permanent collection, instead hosting a selection of rotating exhibitions throughout the year, combining an emphasis on classic designs with examinations of leading contemporary practitioners. The Museum intends to relocate to new premises in west London in 2015, where it will be able to exhibit its collection of 2500 Modernist and contemporary design objects.

Recent landmark exhibitions have focused on the work of French shoe designer Christian Louboutin, designs by Terence Conran (who was also instrumental in the museum's foundation) as well as architects such as Richard Rogers and Zaha Hadid.

Art Funded works

Jasper Morrison's Handlebar Table comes from early in the designer's career and is a classic example of his technique of combining existing readymade components (in this case, handlebars) in surprising ways to create new and unexpected objects. The curve of the handlebars is a wry quotation of the tubular steel designs of the Bauhaus design pioneer Marcel Breuer, whose own chairs were inspired by bicycle frames.

Visitor information

The Design Museum Café and Shop are open daily. The Museum intends to move to the disused Commonwealth Institute building on Kensington High Street in 2015.

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Venue details

Design Museum Shad Thames London SE1 2YD 020 7940 8783

Entry details

£6.50 with National Art Pass (standard entry £13)

Daily, 10am – 5.45pm (last admission 5.15pm)
Closed 25 – 26 Dec