Exciting plans to open the new Design Museum in 2015 in the old Commonwealth Institute in London have the design world buzzing!
The Museum’s director, Deyan Sudjic sees its future role as ‘the world’s leading museum of contemporary design and architecture’. It will house temporary exhibitions as well as permanent displays, along with a library and research centre funded by the Sackler Foundation. Terence Conran, whose foundation is partially funding the museum to the tune of £17m hopes it will help encourage intelligent design in Britain.
As well as a strong focus on contemporary design, there will be a section of 20th century design featuring works by Marcel Breuer, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Emo Goldfinger and Jasper Morrison among others. The oldest piece in the collection is the Thonet No.14 chair designed by Gebruder Thonet in 1859.
Deyan Sudjic says – ‘Design matters at every level. It is what makes daily life a little better, it is about the big economic changes that the world is going through. It is about the designers and the manufacturers, but it is also about the users. It is a unique way of making sense of the world around us’. We totally agree!
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