The (New) Design Museum Mini Post

A few photos from the all new Design Museum in Holland Park. Housed in the former Commonwealth Institute, a 1960s Grade II listed building that has stood vacant at the end of High St Kensington for as long as I can remember. Outside, jumbo signage appreciation. Epic signageInside, looking up.Looking upOn the way up, seating and low level lighting.Concrete, wood and neonLooking down.Levels of lightThe slick new Design Museum website has some gorgeous videos accompanying its Designer Maker User exhibition, my favourite features the graphic artist/designer Morag Myerscough.

Parabolic roof appreciation.
RoofBelow: Colour/pattern details. Camera display. Seating styles.imageimageimageLooking across, brick and wood.
imageI loved the opening countdown – ten numbers, ten designers (including Architect John Pawson who is responsible for the Commonwealth Institute’s overhaul) – showcased across the DM’s social media.

For me the most inspiring display was South-African born, London based photographer Koto Bolofo’s Making the Design Museum display. I actually saw the photos as part of the Wallpaper* magazine is 20! Construction Sight exhibition at 34 Cork Street earlier on in the Autumn. The exhibition blurb said that Construction Sight is fashion photographer Bolofo’s ‘first foray into architectural photography, a four-year project documenting the transformation of Holland Park’s former Commonwealth Institute into the new Design Museum.’ For an interview with Bolofo about his process, see the Wallpaper* article, here.imageimage image image

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