Design for life

Design for life

The Design Museum reopens its doors at its new Kensington Cultural Quarter home

The Design Museum has finally reopened its doors to the public at its new Kensington location. The new site is housed within the former 1960s Commonwealth Institute building and has been extensively refurbished by minimalist architectural designer John Pawson. Situated in West London’s cultural epicentre, alongside the Royal College of Art, Science Museum and Serpentine Gallery, the new venue provides three times more space than its previous Shad Thames location; and will offer a brand new Swarovski Foundation Centre for learning, a 202-seat auditorium and a dedicated gallery space to house its free permanent display across the 10,000 square metre space.

The new Design Museum also provides a platform for international designers to promote their work. The opening exhibition, curated by the museum’s Chief Curator Justin McGuirk, is titled Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World and delves into humans’ hopes and doubts and the pace and impact of change. Eleven newly-commissioned installations will form the exhibition, with works from a wealth of talent, including fashion designer Hussein Chalayan who will focus on wearable technology and artistic director of Muji, Kenya Hara, who has created a graphic display on staple diets.

In addition the museum’s Designs of the Year show is also set to return for its ninth edition, presenting digital, architecture, fashion and product design.

The Design Museum is open daily from 10.00am - 5.45pm. 224-238 Kensington High Street, W8 6AG.

  • Words: Rebecca Parker