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Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Video Tour Of London’s New Design Museum

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Home & Design Editor
Updated: 2 January 2017
Home & Design Editor Charlotte Luxford went to take a sneak peek around the brand-new £83m Design Museum in Kensington, London.

Set to open to the public on November 24, Culture Trip stepped inside the former 1960s Commonwealth Institute building to discover how it has been transformed from a Grade II*-listed relic into an important new home for the future of both British and global design.

The exterior of the former Commonwealth Institute building, now the new Design Museum
The exterior of the former Commonwealth Institute building, now the new Design Museum | © Gareth Gardner
The interior was designed by architect John Pawson
The interior was designed by architect John Pawson | © Gareth Gardner

From the 1,000 items on display in the Designer, Maker, User permanent collection, to Adidas trainers made from illegal fishing nets and a refugee shelter designed by Ikea for the Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition, there’s a myriad of interesting and thought-provoking objects that challenge how we should think about product design in the future.

Adidas x Parley running shoes
Adidas x Parley running shoes | Courtesy of Design Museum

One of the highlights shown on the video is Madeline Gannon’s ‘friendly’ robot, Mimus, that wants to play and interact with visitors in the museum’s temporary show, Fear & Love, while OMA’s Pan-European Living Room installation – a room-set made up of furniture produced in the 28 member states – reflects on Britain’s fragile relationship with Europe in the wake of Brexit.

Fear & Love exhibitor Madeline Gannon with her robot
Fear & Love exhibitor Madeline Gannon with her robot | © Charlie Nordstrom

Watch the video for more highlights and exclusive interviews with Head of Exhibitions Mark Sladen, Senior Curator Alex Newson, Deputy Director Alice Black and Fear & Love exhibitor Madeline Gannon.

Designer, Maker, User exhibition
Designer, Maker, User exhibition | © Gareth Gardner

The Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 6AG, opens on November 24.