The new Design Museum has opened in the Commenwealth Institute building in Holland Park after moving from its original home in Shad Thames. Designed by John Pawson, the new museum includes two major temporary gallery spaces, a free permanent collection display, a restaurant overlooking Holland Park and an auditorium. The grade II* listed modernist building triples the museum’s size to 10,000 square metres.
The Design Museum, which was founded in 1989 by Sir Terence Conran, has in the past put on shows by star names including Thomas Heatherwick, Dame Zaha Hadid, Paul Smith and Christian Louboutin, and is aiming to go from strength-to-strength in its shiny new surroundings. The doors opened to the public for the first time in late November and the initial programme for 2017 has now been announced.
Highlights include New Old (January 12 – February 19), an exhibition marking the 30th anniversary of Helen Hamlyn’s New Design for Old exhibition at the Boilerhouse Project (the forerunner to the Design Museu), Imagine Moscow (March 15 – June 3), presenting designs created in the 1920s and early 1930s for an alternative but unbuilt Moscow, and California (May 24 – October 15), a show that will explore the global influence of Californian design.
Now, take a look inside the new Design Museum and what’s in store from the 2017 programme…