The Design Museum

28 Shad Thames, London, London, UK, SE1 2YD .
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Opened in 1989, the Design Museum was the first in the world devoted to the design of mass produced objects.

The museum was founded by Sir Terence Conran, who set up the Boilerhouse design project at the Victorian and Albert Museum. When the V&A decided not to make this permanent, Conran turned his attention to Butler's Wharf.

The museum is housed in a sparkling white building that was originally a 1950s warehouse, which was converted to a modern style by architects Conran Roche. The building's elegant facade has views of the River Thames and Tower Bridge.

Its stark and spacious interior is the setting for its collection of innovative design.

There are Temporary and Exhibition Galleries, where a number of shows are held each year. These exhibitions of international design provide a taste of what may become familiar in the future.

The Collection and Review Galleries are arranged by theme, looking at the design of mass production and concentrate on a number of different types of product. The section devoted to cars includes a wooden model made up from a 1928 drawing by the designer and architect Le Corbusier. The gallery also takes a look at objects such as tableware, telephones, radio and TV sets, washing machines and office equipment. The furniture here includes a chair by Rennie Mackintosh. Temporary shows are sometimes held in the Collection Gallery.

The top floor is given over to contemporary design, recent exhibitions have featured Nike trainers and an Aston Martin V12 Vanquish.

The shop offers good gift ideas and a selection of books.

The Blueprint Café on the first floor has a balcony with a great view over the Thames, good at night when the river is lit up.

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