When the Design Museum announced a few years ago that they would be moving to Kensington I was so happy. It’s previous location was a pain to get to and was far too small to do their collection justice. Also, you had to pay to get in just to look at the general collection which was not the best start to a visit.
The Commonwealth Institute in Kensington has been a wonderful but essentially, redundant building for decades. Previously, it’s purpose was to display wonderful objects from the Commonwealth countries around the globe. I have very vague memories of visiting it when I was a child, but since it’s closure, we have only been able to admire the wonderfully unusual architecture as we whizz by down the high street on the bus.
The Design Museums take over of the building is a real masterpiece. Designed by architect John Pawson, it’s a gloriously spacious building which leads you gently up and around it’s space. The various details are really noticeable. One of my favourite features were the cork triangle tiles. Triangles and geometry are a theme seen throughout the interior which I really enjoyed.
With the new space, they have been able to display their permanent collection in a really engaging display. Walking around the exhibition you experience design from transport, medicine, home decor, fashion and technology through the decades. It was fascinating.
For those that like beautiful objects for the home or need ideas for gifts, the Design Museum now has two shops. One is located closer to the high street and is independent to the museum itself, whilst the other is located just inside the main entrance to the museum. I have found the shop to be a great place for buying presents.
Find out more about the Design Museum and what’s on show by clicking HERE.
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