The Design Museum in London won prestigious European Museum of the Year award. The Design Museum was one of 40 finalists including the Science Museum in London, National Gallery of Ireland and the Helsinki City Museum.
The Design Museum becomes the first British winner of the award since 2013 and only the sixth British winner in the award’s history. Previous winners of the award include the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
Founded by Sir Terence Conran, the DesignMuseum opened in 1989 in a former bananaripening warehouse on Shad Thames, south east London before moving to Kensington High Street in 2016. The move tripled the museum’s size to 10,000 m2 and enabled it to open, for the first time, a free permanent display of its collection. The move to Kens-ington also enabled the museum to improveits learning programs with a 500 m2 world- class campus offering hands-on courses for families, young people and adults alike.
The Design Museum is the world’s leading museum devoted to architecture and design, its work encompasses all elements of design, including fashion, product and graphic design. Since it opened its doors in 1989 the museum has displayed everything from an AK-47 to high heels designed by Christian Louboutin. It has staged over 100 exhibitions, welcomed over six million visitors and showcased the work of some of the world’s most celebrated designers and architects including Paul Smith, Zaha Hadid, Jonathan Ive, Miuccia Prada, Frank Gehry, Eileen Gray and Dieter Rams. On 24 November 2016, The Design Museum relocated to Kensington, west London.
Since opening, the Design Museum has hosted critically acclaimed exhibitions includ- ing Fear and Love; Imagine Moscow: Architec- ture, Propaganda, Revolution; California: Designing Freedom; Breathing Colour by Hella Jongerius; Beazley Designs of the Year 2017; Ferrari: Under the Skin; Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-18 and Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier as well as a number of successful pop-up displays.
The Design Museum houses two temporary exhibition galleries, the permanent display Designer Maker User in partnership with JaguarLand Rover, the Helene and Johannes Huth Gallery, the 210-seat BakalaAuditorium, the Chumsri and Luqman Lounge, the Weston Mezzanine, the Swarovski Foundation Centre for Learning, the Parabola restaurant and the museum’s collection of more than 2,500 objects in a dedicated climate controlled collection storage and conservation facility.