Collection by Rebecca L. Weber

Design Museum London's Extraordinary Stories about Ordinary Things


Situated on the Thames, moments from the 1894 Tower Bridge and the 2002 City Hall, the Design Museum's location invites reflection on London's design and architectural history. Once inside, the focus shifts to often mass-produced items that are generally people-sized. Its new exhibition, Extraordinary Stories about Ordinary Things, takes a close look at iconic and lesser-known objects. The museum is scheduled to move to new digs in Kensington in 2015; the Extraordinary exhibit of about 150 items will be on display until then. Some of the collection's objects can be seen in the Design Museum Collection app.

Stacking chair by Anna Castelli-Ferrieri for Kartell.
Perhaps the most interesting section of the exhibit, especially for a foreigner who readily experiences English money...
How does civic design become a part of national identity? In the case of the public phone booth, the answer is rapidly.
The UK has had some sort of currency in circulation for more than a thousand years.
In 1964, the Transport typeface by Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert had its debut at the Preston By-Pass, after...
The Typewriter Valentine by Ettore Sottsass for Olivetti was dubbed the Biro of typewriters.
By selecting high-density chipboard casing instead of then-ubiquitous black plastic in 1994, Phillippe Starck's Jim...
Sir Clive Sinclair remains a key figure in British electronic tech design.
British-born Jonathan Ive, recipient of the museum's Designer of the Year 2003, studied art and design at Newcastle...
Early in Jasper Morrison's career, he built a table of beech wood, glass, and two bicycle racing bar handles to give...
Visitors accept the invitation to design a typeface with pencil and paper, and to vote for their favorite chair via a...
Start a public conversation on this collection by adding your comments below.