On the Radar Design Museum Collection: Extraordinary Stories About Ordinary Things
4th February 2013

Design Museum Collection: Extraordinary Stories About Ordinary Things

AUTHOR The Milk Maid
30th January 2013

The Design Museum has opened a permanent collection devoted exclusively to contemporary design and architecture from the twentieth-century. Exploring exceptional everyday items and graphics or objects inherent to communicating a national identity, the exhibition includes a study of the Anglepoise lamp (the single most copied, parodied and collected in the history of design) and profiles the Olympic 2012 logo, now a globally recognised icon.


The exhibition presents six key stories through hundreds of items, offering a diverse investigation into the impact of design on every aspect of our lives. Speaking of the exhibition Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum explains "Design matters at every level. It is what makes daily life a little better; it is about the big economic changes that the world is going through. It is about the designers and the manufacturers, but it is also about the users. It is a unique way of making sense of the world around us."

From the banks of the River Thames to the leafy borough of Kensington, the opening of this permanent collection marks a milestone in the journey towards the future of the Design Museum at its new home.