New Design Museum in Kensington


A new museum devoted to contemporary design just opened its doors on High Street Kensington. The new imposing modern building will showcase every form of design, from architecture and fashion to graphics, product and industrial design. With its incredible volume, the space is breath taking from the moment you walk in considering this unique landmark used to be a Grade II listed building and home to the Commonwealth Institute . The architect John Pawson managed to create - after an impressive £83m renovation - an imposing 21st century museum encompassing unique spatial quality.

The top floor is home to the museum's permanent collection including over 1000 design objects from bikes to cameras and has a free entry policy.

On the ground and lower ground floors the museum will showcase different exhibitions. At the moment you can see the arty Fear and Love exhibition on the G floor made of 11 installations commenting on desire and stress in the modern age,  and the Beazley Designs of the Year on the LG floor. This exhibition presents the most stimulating and relevant new design, bringing together 70 international projects across six main categories : Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product and Transport.

The work designers do shapes our  lives at every scale, from the architecture of our cities to the objects and systems we use every day and mainly also to technology. It is for this particular reason that the design industry must never be taken for granted, we should actually be watching these designers with admiration as it is them who are shaping our lives and even more so our future.

I highly recommend you to visit this new inspiring museum to get a better understanding of how design can aid communication, , provide accommodation and widen our understanding of lives of people.

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