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September 18, 2012

This morning—smack dab in the middle of the London Design Festival—Design Museum London broke ground on its new building designed by Dutch firm OMA with interiors by architect John Pawson. Britain's stronghold of contemporary international design is moving quarters from its perch on the South Bank of the Thames to the former Commonwealth Institute in Kensington, a 1960s-era concrete shell. There isn't usually much to see at a groundbreaking besides, well, a patch of ground, but Design Museum went beyond, burying a time capsule to be opened in 2112. They invited the likes of Sir Terence Conran (the museum's founder), Zaha Hadid, and Norman Foster to submit items they deem of utmost importance to our time.*

The exterior of the 1962 Commonwealth Institute (designed by Robert Matthew of Johnson-Marshall Partners) in its current state.
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Exterior view of the new Design Museum by John Pawson Ltd.
Exterior view of the new Design Museum by John Pawson Ltd.
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Alex Morris Visualisation Ltd
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1962 Commonwealth Institute in London
The remarkable interior volume of the 1962 Commonwealth Institute in London, re-opening in 2014 as the New Design Museum.
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Second floor of the New Design Museum
Second floor of the New Design Museum, showing the Permanent Exhibition. By John Pawson Ltd.
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London 2012 Olympic Torch prototype designed by BarberOsgerby
Deyan Sudjic: London 2012 Olympic Torch prototype designed by BarberOsgerby.
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LOCOG
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Badoiiing game
Deyan Sudjic: Badoiiing game, 2012 winner of the museum’s Design Ventura competition for 13-16 year-old D&T students.
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Dominic French
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Tin of anchovies
Sir Terence Conran: "Tin of anchovies."
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Dominic French
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White Apple iPhone 4S
Sir Terence Conran: iPhone 4S
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Dominic French
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Isle of Man, London 2012 Olympic Games Stamps Paul Smith
Sir Paul Smith: Isle of Man, London 2012 Olympic Games Stamps designed by Paul Smith.
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Dominic French
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1949 Wish Bone Chair for Hans J. Wegner
John Pawson: 1949 Wish Bone Chair (miniature model) for Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen and Son.
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Dominic French
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Standard lightbulb
Thomas Heatherwick with Ingo Maurer: Standard lightbulb
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Dominic French
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Mini Lockheed Lounge by Marc Newson
Marc Newson: Mini Lockheed Lounge
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Dominic French
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Cylinder Line Coffee Pot designed by Arne Jacobsen
Kenneth Grange: Cylinder Line Coffee Pot designed by Arne Jacobsen
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Dominic French
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London Design Museum Time Capsule Objects
The whole shebang! Follow the New Design Museum's construction process here.
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Dominic French
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The exterior of the 1962 Commonwealth Institute (designed by Robert Matthew of Johnson-Marshall Partners) in its current state.

*For more future design classics, we have a few ideas of our own

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