Tuesday 28th March – 12 meeting of 2017
We met up and walked along Kensington High Street towards Holland Park to get to the Design Museum at the entrance to Holland Park amidst an avenue of trees.
We had visited the old Design Museum at Shad Thames which was created by Sir Terence Conran from an old banana warehouse in 1989. He donated part of the money in order to move the museum to the new larger home in a transformed 1962 Commonwealth Institute building. Total cost of the new Design Museum was £83million.
The original Commonwealth building had a copper hyperbolic paraboloid roof which has been incorporated into the new building and Dinesen Douglas Fir white marble used to line the building giving it a very cool and smooth finish.
As we went in one of our ladies spotted C.J. de Mooi standing outside. For those who do not recognise his name he is a British professional quizzer and was a panellist on the quiz show Eggheads. This for me is special as I once appeared on the show with a group of work colleagues making a team and I can proudly say that I beat C J de Mooi on the subject of Science! But sadly our team lost to the Eggheads team. Another name to add to our celeb spotting list!
Inside we spent some time admiring the architecture of the building and stood in the entrance and on the Antrim stairs to view the vast expanse of walls and roof.
We then went up to the top floor to walk through the Designer, Maker, User galleries which is the permanent free exhibition. This gives examples of design ranging from the London 2012 Olympic torch, Sony Walkman from the 1980 and the new London underground train. Also is included various everyday objects which have endured overtime, plus maps, bikes etc and a good selection of chairs which could be tried.
We also saw the Designer in Residence studio where work is done in situ by a designer for viewing by the public.
We spent about 2 hours in the museum but there were also 2 paid for exhibitions which we didn’t see but we also managed to look around the shop there.
It is worth going to see the building and exhibits and must be a great asset to the designer students of the future.