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The Design Museum: Shop Heaven

SEEN has always felt that a visit to any museum in this fair city is incomplete without a trip to the gift shop. Whether you’re buying a handsome book, some fabulous piece of art or just a postcard, there are many treasures to be found and the Design Museum is no exception, even as it moves from Shad Thames to spectacular new premises in Kensington High Street.

SEEN has always felt that a visit to any museum in this fair city is incomplete without a trip to the gift shop. Whether you’re buying a handsome book, some fabulous piece of art or just a postcard, there are many treasures to be found and the Design Museum is no exception, even as it moves from Shad Thames to spectacular new premises in Kensington High Street.

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The former Commonwealth Institute will be transformed by a design team led by John Pawson. They will utilise the unique spatial quality of the building whilst creating a Museum truly fit for the 21st Century. The Shop is now open, heralding new and exciting pieces of design to purchase.

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Boasting a Homeware range as well as Books, Jewellery and Stationery, The Design Museum casts its expert eye over the very best in modern design for the shop, as you would expect. SEEN’s favourites from their current range include the Classic Ball Clock in Brass and Black from their Homeware range, the Geometry Set jewellery pieces and the London Skyline Sticky Tape from the stationery range.

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You look at the objects for sale in the shop and simply marvel at the ingenuity of the designers and their clever collaborations; the Barber and Osgerby Jug by Royal Doulton, for example, or the delicate Air Vases by Torafu Architects. Their selection of design books, from Fashion to Architecture to a special range devoted to London, alone make the shop worth a visit; from the serious student to the casual visitor. Surely this will be one of the shops where you spend just as much time as you do visiting one of the exhibitions? The new, carefully curated edit boasts the Design Museum’s own branded range, international designers, unique accessories and books with Phaidon.

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Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum says:
“The Design Museum shop reflects the values of the museum itself. It’s our ambassador on the high street, always changing, always full of fascinating things, displayed with style, and staffed by people who live and breathe design.”

The Shop’s exciting retail space, set for the Design Museum’s opening on 24th November 2016, was also designed by John Pawson, echoing the construction of the Museum with stained oak, glass and terrazzo and will itself be an immersive design experience. The 76 m2 space contains shop fixtures by Vitra Retail and Vitsoe 606 shelving by classic brand Dieter Rams. Large windows on three sides create a jewel box effect, perfect for drawing the visitor in. SEEN will be paying weekly visits from now on.

Design Museum
224 – 238 Kensington High Street
London
W8 6AG
designmuseum.org
020 7148 1787

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