Tuesday, September 18, 2012

As London's new Design Museum goes up, a time capsule goes down...


A rendering of the Design Museum planned for London's Kensington borough.


As construction of the new Design Museum in London gets underway (it's due to open in 2015), some of today's leading architects and designers contributed items to a time capsule. The museum's architect, John Pawson, below, popped in a miniature model of Hans Wegner's 1949 Wish Bone chair.


Pawson, holding (and seated on) the Wish Bone chair, photographed by Luke Hayes.

The newly buried time capsule.

The full list of items to be recovered one hundred years from now:

Cecil Balmond  European Union Flag, One Euro Coin, 2p Stamp, USB containing images of jazz and blues music album covers, including John Coltrane and Bing Crosby
 
Sir Paul Smith  Isle of Man, London 2012 Olympic Games Stamps designed by Paul Smith
 
Sir Terence Conran  iPhone 4S, Tin of Anchovies, A good bottle of  Burgundy 
 
Deyan Sudjic  London 2012 Olympic Torch designed by BarberOsgerby, Badoiiing game, 2012 winner of the museum’s Design Ventura competition for 13-16 year-old D&T students
 
Margaret Howell  Image of Battersea Power Station
 
Zaha Hadid  Model of the MAXXI museum in Rome, Book by Patrik Schumacher, The Autopoiesis of Architecture, Vol.1: A New Framework for Architecture

John Pawson  1949 Wish Bone Chair (miniature model) for Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen and Son 

Kenneth Grange  Cylinder Line Coffee Pot designed by Arne Jacobsen
 
Marc Newson  Mini Lockheed Lounge

Thomas Heatherwick 
with Ingo Maurer  Standard light bulb 
 
The Mayor for London  Artists Tube Maps


A round up of a few of the capsule's items.

Below are renderings of the forthcoming museum, which is triple the size of the museum's current location. More room, more design!




Renderings courtesy of Alex Morris Visualisation