The Design Museum’s new home on London’s Kensington High Street will open its doors to the public on November 24. The Stylus team paid a visit to preview the impressive building, which houses galleries, an auditorium, a restaurant, learning facilities and a library.
Renovated by London architecture studio John Pawson, the modernist 1960s building’s interior revolves around pale oak surfaces. The feature staircase (with incorporated leather seats), floors and even walls are clad in the wood, giving the building a warm character that, in combination with white marble, pale terrazzo flooring and subtle, indirect lighting, also has a high-end feel.
All floors are accessed via the museum’s central atrium, providing unobstructed views of the building’s majestic undulating concrete ceiling.
Tucked up near the roof is the semi-permanent installation Designer Maker User, which aims to introduce a wide audience to the key influencers in the design process, with an educational yet entertaining and brightly coloured exhibition.
The annual Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition is situated in the basement gallery. This year’s visual identity is firmly grounded in modern communication, with a focus on emoji and icons.
The opening exhibition Fear & Love contains 11 installations by internationally renowned designers, separated by a curtain system that snakes through the space. The grey curtains, made from latex and felt, as well as the signage system consisting of oxidised metal poles secured in concrete feet and repurposed insulation materials, offer a contemporary take on tactility.
Watch the video about our visit and read more about Fear & Love in London's New Design Museum: Lifestyle Trends.