New headquarters for British design

2017-01-03

The world of design and architecture has a new Instagram favourite. Europe's largest design museum opened in late November in a fantastic old abandoned warehouse building in central London.

It is hoped that there will be half a million visitors in the first year. And many elite British designers have also been involved in the project. From Sir Terence Conran, who donated some SEK 20 million, to the architect responsible, John Pawson, who true to form has succeeded in creating a visual firework display with limited funding. However, on this occasion he has kept away from the most austere minimalism, which on one occasion provoked the newspapers to joke: ”Pawson only has five things in his home, four of which are his children”.
Beneath the spectacular roof are exhibition spaces, but also design and film studios, as well as a lecture hall with room for an audience of over 200.
The Design Museum's closest neighbours in Kensington are real heavyweights in British cultural life; the Royal College of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Serpentine Gallery. Don't miss it next time you are in London!