Collection by Kelsey Keith

Design Museum London's Time Capsule


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.*

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

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