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The Story of the Design Museum



The essential guide to London’s acclaimed Design Museum, this eloquent tome outlines its history and landmark moments, from the museum’s origins in the 1980s to its pivotal move to Kensington in 2016.

Intrinsically linked with The Conran Shop’s founder, Sir Terence Conran, the Design Museum has been a stalwart of the capital’s museum family since its opening in 1989. Complete with 80 illustrations, ‘The Story of the Design Museum’ gives a unique view into the incredible history of the building and its inception, along with details of the landmark 2016 relocation to the newly renovated Commonwealth Institute, its new home in Kensington.

Including a foreword written by Design Museum’s founder, Sir Terence Conran, and concluded with an essay by the museum’s architect John Pawson, ‘The Story of the Design Museum’ is the ultimate chart of the history and new life of the Design Museum.


  • Published by Phaidon to mark the Design Museum’s relocation
  • Foreword by Sir Terence Conran and essay by John Pawson
  • Contains 80 illustrations


16cm (w) x 22cm (h)

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