Extraordinary Stories about Ordinary Things

Some 200 pieces from the Design Museum’s permanent collection are on show at the Extraordinary Stories About Ordinary Things exhibition, which opens on 30 January.

The show is a taster of the Museum’s 3000-object collection of 20th-century design, which will take up the entire top floor of the Design Museum’s new home, when it opens in The Commonwealth Institute in Kensington in 2015.

It focuses on six themes that look at the impact of design on our daily lives:  National Identity, Why We Collect, Icons, Fashion, Modernism in Britain, and Materials.

All the classics are present and correct: the K6 phone box, Calvert and Kinneir’s motorway signs, Jonathan Ive’s Apple iMac, Sir Kenneth Grange’s Milward Courier shaver and (much) more.


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