new design museum

The New Design Museum, London

Last Friday Tomorrow headed to the impressive Berkeley Square headquarters of Phillips the Auction house, to hear Deyan Sudjic, Alice Black and Justin McGuirk announce that the Design Museum’s new John Pawson-designed home in the former Commonwealth Institute will open on 24 November 2016 with an new – admission free – permanent collection. The Design Museum, which currently occupies a former 1940s banana warehouse in Shad Thames, will relocate to the renovated building, located on Kensington High Street in West London. John Pawson’s conversion of the 1960s building will triple the museum’s current exhibition spaces, which allows the museum to accommodate the first permanent display of its collection, alongside two temporary exhibitions. The museum’s first pair of temporary exhibitions will be Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World by the museum’s chief curator Justin McGuirk and the ninth edition of the museum’s Designs of the Year. A Swarovski-sponsored learning centre and a library funded by the Sackler family will be set on the first floor, while the annual Designers in Residence programme – whose participants will be announced later this spring – will occupy the top floor of the building alongside a restaurant and members’ room. Time for Design, an auction by Phillips in aid of the new design Museum takes place on 28th Aprils with pieces by Mendini, Norman Foster and Rolf Sachs. We for one can’t wait to wait to visit the new space come November.

The Design Museum