Five must-see objects at the Design Museum

As the Design Museum re-opens its doors at a new space in Kensington, curator Alex Newson chooses five of his design classics from the permanent collection.

The new Design Museum opens on 24 November 2016. Get 50% off entry to exhibitions with a National Art Pass

1

My First Sony

The My First Sony range was the Japanese electronics giant’s first foray into the children’s market. They took inspiration from popular toys to create a product that perfectly combined fun and function. The amplified microphone and tape deck brought cutting-edge technology to children, with its vibrant and minimalist design.


2

Barack Obama poster by Shepard Fairey

Moments in history are often associated with a strong image, or visual identity. These visual references can be so strong that they are inseparable from the actual events. Shepard Fairey’s 2007 poster, created for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential election campaign, captured the prevailing feelings of hope and anticipation that swept America.


3

British motorway sign by Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert

The motorway and road signage system designed by graphic designers Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert is one of the most effective design projects to have been carried out in Britain. Their system has become a role model for modern road signage all over the world.


4

Apple iMac

It’s hard to beat Apple when it comes to recognisable products and the 1998 iMac is no exception. This all-in-one monitor and computer has the same visual impact today as it did then. Simple, integrated, easy-to-use designs, crafted with great care and beauty are what Apple does best. The iMac G3 is a landmark of design, both inside and out.


5

Pigalle high heels by Christian Louboutin

With their instantly recognisable glossy red soles, Christian Louboutin’s shoes have become an important part of the fashion landscape. Louboutin has built one of the most successful shoe brands in the world with a blend of craftsmanship and a distinctive kind of glamour. The Pigalle, named after one of his favourite neighbourhoods in Paris, was one of the first pumps designed by Louboutin and it has become one of his most popular designs.


Venue details

Design Museum 224-238 Kensington High Street, Kensington London W8 6AG 020 7940 8783 www.designmuseum.org

Entry details

50% off entry to exhibitions with National Art Pass

Daily, 10am-6pm (until 8pm on first Fri of every month)

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