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… And Design is on Display Again

The appeal of this new exhibit area is not only in its modern and attractive structure but in the interactive display of design objects.

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“Design is a process carried out by people, for people.”

This is one of the first sentences at the beginning of the permanent collection of the new Design Museum. Once the old Commonwealth Institute in Holland Park (London), it has now been converted into a public museum, on November 24th, 2016.

 

 

The appeal of this new exhibit area is not only in its modern and attractive structure but in the interactive display of design objects. The aim of the museum is quite clear. The director intends to display  the concept of design in relation to the designer, maker, and user, providing information on recent discussions on art and good design . Finally, this new kind of approach also includes design in art history, without questioning it, and focuses on the commercial and daily use of the exposed objects.

 

In order to really create an interaction between design and consumer, the collection shows classical design pieces, like chairs and lamps, together with well-known and common objects like computers and hair-driers. There are various activities for children and families  for them to get involved in the world of design, not just as visitors to the museum but as consumers so as to become aware of the objects that are created for them.

 
 

Designer Maker User at the Design Museum. Photo by Antonio-Olmos (the Observer). via the guardian.

Designer Maker User at the Design Museum. Photo by Antonio-Olmos (the Observer). via the guardian.

 
 

Particularly attractive was an entire section dedicated to London’s Underground. A practical project of transportation becomes a piece of discussion over art and design. I had never thought of public transport in this way, but, as mentioned before, Design is for people. The example of the underground fits perfectly with the museum’s aim of showing both the artistic and daily and practical sides of design.

In case you’re in London and want to visit this museum, I recommend the “Designers in Residence” section, in which various design artists exhibit their work and their ideas. They conclude the visit showing new approaches towards design and the future evolution of this art.

 

For London visitors and inhabitants, this Museum is also worth a visit. Its involving approach, beautiful structure, and interesting collection – with various exhibits – will surely satisfy both children and adults.

 

 

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