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London Design Museum | Image courtesy of Gravity Road

Celebrating London Design Museum

Celebrating the two year anniversary of London's new Design Museum, The Conran Shop delves into some of the extraordinary feats the museum has accomplished since it was redesigned in 2016.

Originally founded in 1989 by Sir Terence Conran and housed in a former banana warehouse on London’s Shad Thames, it wasn’t until 2008 that the Design Museum found itself on the hunt for larger premises to spearhead iconic design from.


London Design Museum | Images courtesy of Hélène Binet, Luc Boegly & Sergio Grazia and Gareth Gardner


In 2016 it found its new home in the form of a unique landmark from the 1960s. Nestled in the heart of South Kensington, the building was transformed into a 21st century museum by a specialist design team led by John Pawson.

Featuring the permanent collection Designer Maker User at its core, the Design Museum also challenges, inspires and engages with a selection of colourful, never-before-seen, carefully curated exhibitions.


The Design Museum | Images courtesy of the Design Museum and Gareth Gardner

The Design Museum | Images courtesy of the Design Museum and Gareth Gardner


An exploration from the lens of the designer, manufacturer and user into almost 1000 items from the 20th and 21st centuries, the Designer Maker User permanent collection covers a broad range of design. From architecture and engineering to graphics and fashion, the exhibition creates the ultimate introduction to the museum’s wider collection.

From its current exhibition Home Futures, which explores past ideas about today’s homes in partnership with IKEA Museum, to an in-depth exploration into Hella Jongerius’s extraordinary use of colour, the Design Museum places an emphasis on skilled designs, their creators and unveils the inspiration behind them.


London Design Museum | Images courtesy of the Design Museum and Hufton + Crow


A venture close to the heart of our founder Sir Terence Conran, founder of both the Design Museum and The Conran Shop, he described the 2016 redesign as being a step towards making “all our dreams and ambitions to create the best and most important design museum in the world […] closer to reality. It will make my long lifetime in design absolutely worthwhile.”

Crowned European Museum of the Year in 2018 and with a whole host of exhibitions in the pipeline, including Designers in Residence 2018: Dwelling, David Adjaye: Making Memory, Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition and Mars, it is a truly exciting time to visit the Design Museum.

Find out more about the Design Museum and what’s on here.