Design Museum 01.06.17

Now that the year is over, deadlines are in and exams are done, I thought it was time for another trip to the Design Museum in Kensington to see what had changed since I had last been there in November when it first opened.


The first unintentional stop was in the Design Museum shop which sold a fine selection of products and books which any designer could ever want. I had to drag myself away reluctantly after realising that I couldn’t justify buying much more than a book about Scandinavian Interior Design.


Before left I passed into an updated design icon, the Angle poise lamp by Paul Smith. The lamp comes in two different colour schemes and sizes:

A desk size (as shown in the image below) or a floor size (which is around 5ft 6″), in either a primary colour or pastel colour scheme along the neck of the lamp.


The collaborator’s signature at the base of the lamp
The Museum Foyer

The first exhibition I went to see was a new exhibition called California: Designing Freedom. This exhibiton encompassed the journey through the 20th Century about how Designers and Artists who lived or worked in Cali shaped the future generations of products and services to what we have today.

California: Designing Freedom Exhibition Entrance

The American Dream and a strong sense of freedom were evident themes running throughout the exhibition. Upon entering the room, there were graphics posters displayed from the time of the Civl rights movement and devices used during protests for immigration. Around the room were large typo graphics encouraging freedom of speech and actions, giving the impression of a very new and improved America.


Snapchat Spectacles and Google glasses were just a few of the examples where Californian Design has influenced the advancement of technology and product design.


Earth Wall: A Google designed interaction where the customer selects an environment they would like to explore in detail. Above is a time-lapse of electric light across the globe.


Google Streetview Backpack


The origins of some of the world’s most successful businesses – in home garages. These businesses include Disney, Hewlett-Packard, Apple and Google


The second exhibition was about Cartier and the three brothers who’s collaborations helped shape the world of aircraft, luxury goods and watches we see today.


Intricacy and fine details made this sculpture such a spectacle


Gravity clocks – 7 days to move downwards on the mantle, charging the battery, then moved back to the start on the seventh day.

After leaving the Museum, the inspiration and creativity doesn’t stop there.

The window display of a bank. A bank!
Box Park, Shoreditch. Box park hosts a grand display of quirky clothing stores, extravagant beauty salons and vibrant food.
The perfect end to a perfect day – pizza.

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