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Design Museum Reopens in Kensington, West London
| 25 Nov

The Design Museum has returned bigger and better having taken 6 months out to relocate from Shad Thames to Kensington. The museum’s new home boasts an impressive interior and exterior design and welcomes designers from around the world.

The Design Museum has officially opened its doors to visitors following a 6 month hiatus whilst relocating to Kensington, West London. The museum’s new home is a listed grade-ll building and has roughly tripled in size. In total, there have been 3 relocations in the museum’s history with its original home being the basement of the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Design Museum’s new site accommodates for three exhibition spaces, a library, restaurant and café and studios for resident designers. The increase in space has also allowed for collections to be housed permanently.

The old Commonwealth Institute building boasts an awe-inspiring structure with a parabolic curved roof and an open interior design. The museum’s designer, John Pawson, has recycled existing materials including white marble and implemented open stairways and blonde oak walls. As the original building suffered from a lack of light, the new open central atrium exposes the inner spaces of the building and highlights the quirky angles of the roof’s underbelly.

‘The Design Museum offers a platform for new ideas and it is the place to discover new thinking about contemporary design. Encouraging the next generation of young designers and revealing exciting new projects, the museum is the place to hear from designers from around the world’ says Design Museum’s director, Deyan Sudjic.

By Dawood Pathan

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