What to see this week: The De­sign Mu­seum re­opens

Country Life Every Week - - Athena -

New build­ing projects are the meat and drink of mod­ern mu­seum life, the way these in­sti­tu­tions re-present their col­lec­tions, garner pub­lic­ity and raise money. Usu­ally, the fo­cus is on ex­tend­ing or im­prov­ing ex­ist­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion—it’s much less com­mon for mu­se­ums to move lo­ca­tion. That’s what has hap­pened, how­ever, with the De­sign Mu­seum, founded in 1989 (http://de­sign­mu­seum.org). Its orig­i­nal premises in a 1930s ware­house on Shad Thames, Ber­mond­sey, SE1, were closed in June and, to­mor­row, the new mu­seum, at the for­mer Commonwealth In­sti­tute, on High Street Kens­ing­ton, W8, will open to the pub­lic.

The move is the cul­mi­na­tion of eight years’ work and the new in­te­ri­ors of this 1960s build­ing have been ren­o­vated by a de­sign team lead by John Paw­son. OMA was re­spon­si­ble for the over­all master plan and has worked in con­junc­tion with Al­lies and Mor­ri­son on the ex­te­rior of the new mu­seum. Athena looks for­ward to en­joy­ing the new dis­plays in this much larger in­te­rior.

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