London Travel

The Design Museum

This week my husband and I went to London for the day, mainly with work. After finishing what we had planned, we went to see The Design Museum. As we arrived at the museum late, at 4.30 pm, it wasn’t enough time to see the two special exhibitions, so we saw only half of the museum.

01 Design Museum London

02 Design Museum London

At the first floor there are pictures taken during the building of the new Design Museum in Kensington last year. It is a really interesting display.

03 Design Museum London

Designer Maker User hosts an array of almost 1000 items from the 20th and 21st centuries. I saw some fascinating objects and I’ll talk about some of them today.

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This is the Crowdsourced Wall with more than 200 objects from 25 countries.

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08 Design Museum London

These hair dryers are made from ceramic and cork with 3D parts printed. The mechanisms were found at a local charity shop. The ceramic parts were sculpted by Cosmin Ciofirdel, a Romanian artist based in London. The other hair dryers were made in Rome, Italy and Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

09 Design Museum London

This coat is made with human hair. There were a couple of samples near the coat from human hair fabric to touch. They felt a little rough, like horse hair. I was fascinated by this.

10 Design Museum London

I imagined this stool was designed recently, but, in fact, it’s from the 1930s. The Finn designer Alvar Aalto created the stool and it was manufactured by Artek.

12 Design Museum London

13 Design Museum London

I have to say I would love to buy a 3D printer. I’m not sure what I would use it for, but the shapes that can be created are amazing.

04 Design Museum London

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05 Design Museum London

Next was the pop-up exhibition called NEW OLD. It’s free if you fancy visiting it. I found it fascinating, how rapidly the population is getting older. This white seal moves and makes little noises. It was so crowded around her that I wasn’t able to film her. It is used in hospitals and care homes for elderly people with different mental issues like dementia.

06 Design Museum London

This is a modern and beautiful looking bathroom and, also, one that is suitable for elderly. Having less mobility doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate and want a beautiful room. I think more should be done to offer options that are accessible and stunning at the same time. I don’t think that in a few decades, when I might need a bathroom like this, I would think it’s enough to have something white and helpful, but looking like the handrails from a bus.

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It was lovely to see the museum and it’s a shame we didn’t have enough time to see all of it.
The other two exhibitions we didn’t get the chance to see are Beazley Designs of the Year and Fear & Love. As the first one is opened for another month, it’s unlikely we will be able to see it. But, Fear and Love is opened until the 23 April 2017, so, hopefully, we’ll manage to visit it. It looks really interesting.

6 Comment

  1. Wow, that’s a cool museum. Seriously, what other cool things and places they have in England? I wanna go badly!

  2. This is fascinating! I must get over there to see it! I am utterly perplexed by 3D printers.!!! HOW do they work?!?!?!

  3. Oh we haven’t been to this museum in London yet, it looks so interesting. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a great weekend. Love, Kirsten x

  4. It looks lovely. I’ve never even heard of this, I’m dying to go visit some of the London museums!

    Corinne x

  5. I can’t believe that chair was made in 1930! I had that chair from ikea years ago. I think my mum still have that! Shame, you only did half of it but it look great.

  6. What a fascinating museum! I especially love that white seal. What a wonderful idea. And that human hair coat – amazing! I probably wouldn’t wear it but even so it’s still wow!

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