Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Conran's Capsule new Design Museum site starts work

During this year's London Design Festival , the start of building work on the new Design Museum was officially celebrated.

In his speech to mark the start of work on the Design Museum's new home fro 2015, Sir Terence Conran urged the government to better appreciate the importance of design.

"We must start to make things again," he said. "Excellent, intelligent design improves quality of life."

The worshipful, the Mayor of  Kensington and Chelsea
Councillor Christopher Buckmaster and
 Sir Terence Conran
founder of the Design Museum at the ceremony

The capsule is marked: to be opened in 2112 and contains:-

• Structural Engineer, Cecil Balmond: European Union flag, one euro coin, 2p stamp, USB containing images of jazz and blues album covers including John Coltrane and Bing Crosby.
• Paul Smith: Isle of Man, London 2012 Olympic stamps designed by Paul Smith.
• Designer, Restauranter, Retailer Terence Conran: iPhone 4s, tin of anchovies, bottle of burgundy.
• Deyan Sudjic (director of the museum): London 2012 Olympic torch designed by Barber Osgerby, Team GB cycling helmet, a Badoiiing game (2012 winner of the museum's design competition for 13- to 16-year-olds).
•  Fashion DesignerMargaret Howell: image of Battersea power station.
• Zaha Hadid: model of MAXXI museum in Rome, designed by Hadid; book by Patrik Schumacher, The Autopoiesis of Architecture, col.1: A New Framework for Architecture.
•  Architect John Pawson: 1949 Wish Bone Chair (miniature model) for Hans J Wegner for Carl Hansen and Son. 
 Click for video clip of capsule burial ceremony
 being buried 18th september 2012
as work starts on the new home for the Design Museum

• Product engineer Kenneth Grange: cylinder Line coffee pot designed by Arne Jacobsen
• Designer Marc Newson: Lockheed Lounge (miniature model) designed by Marc Newson.
  • Designer Thomas Heatherwick and Ingo Maurer: standard light bulb.
• The mayor of London: artists' tube maps designed by Tracey Emin.
• Fashion Designer Vivienne Westwood:Vivienne Westwood London fashion week 2012 memorabilia

The former Commonwealth Institute building on Kensington High Street

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