The Design Museum: Worth getting getting on the circle line for.

I’ve been a Londoner for almost two years now and can safely say I’m a big fan of south east London and all it has to offer me.

And in classic Londoner fashion, I refuse to stray too far from my patch. But recently I gave my oyster card the exercise it needed and headed to west to visit the Design Museum.

Previously based in Shad Thames, they moved last year into what was previously the Commonwealth Institue and is now their new swanky home on West London’s equally swanky High St Kensington.

The museum showcases both temporary and durational exhibitions to promote the understanding of the designed world we live in.

Picture: Instagram @designmuseum

This can be anything from the the most novel kitchen appliance and everyday pieces of furniture through to the more high tech end of the spectrum AKA everything Apple has ever graced the planet with.

But design to marvel at not only exists in the exhibitions but also in the architecture of the Design Museum itself which has been specially crafted within the shell of the old Commonwealth building.

The museum’s rehousing from it’s former riverside home allowed it to expand its collections and raise its profile from relative obscurity (unless, of course, you were in the know).

Whether you’ve a trained eye or not it’s easy to appreciate the museum’s new home and all it’s relative newness – it opened its refurbished doors in July 2016.


A visit to the Design Museum will entitle you to wander around the free exhibition ‘Designer Maker User’ which gives a potted history on the story of contemporary design in three interconnected exhibition spaces.

There are also various exhibitions on throughout the year which require an admission fee but revolve throughout the year.

Currently on display is California: Designing Freedom charting  the story of design from 1960’s cali through to the more recent Silicon Valley tech surge (until 17th Oct) and Breathing Colour which is a look at the work of designer Hella Jongerius (until 24th Sept).

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