History and museums
Design Museum is a museum founded in 1989, located by the River Thames near Tower Bridge in central London, England. The museum covers product, industrial, graphic, fashion and architectural design. In 2007 the museum was listed by The Times newspaper as number two in their top five museums of the year.
Deyan Sudjic is the current Director of the museum. He succeeded Alice Rawsthorn in 2006. Unlike most large London museums, the entrance is not free, as it is not subsidised by the UK Arts Council. For this reason it operates as a registered charity, and all funds generated by ticket sales aid the museum in putting new exhibitions together. The museum attracts 200,000 visitors annually.
The museum is currently housed in a former 1940s banana warehouse on the south bank of the River Thames in the Shad Thames area in SE1 London. The conversion of this warehouse altered it beyond recognition to resemble a building in the International Modernist style of the 1930s. This was funded by many companies, designers and benefactors. The museum was principally designed by the Conran group, with exhibitions over two floors, and a "Design Museum Tank" exhibition space out by the water front. Terence Conran aided in this conversion, as it was his concept to create such a museum of modern design A large scale sculpture titled Head of Invention by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi was installed in the area between the Museum and the Thames.
In June 2011 Conran donated £17.5 million to enable the Museum to move in 2016 from the warehouse to a larger site which formerly housed the Commonwealth Institute in west London.
The Design Museum will relocate in High Street Kensington on the 24/11/16 as announced on the 18/03/16 Ref: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-35835871
The Design Museum ran the £25,000 Designer of the Year award from 2003 to 2006; in its first three years it was televised on BBC Two. In 2007 the new Director discontinued the Designer of the Year scheme, and in 2008 introduced the Designs of the Year award. Brit Insurance sponsored the awards from 2003 until 2011.
2003 Jonathan Ive
2004 Daniel Brown
2005 Hilary Cottam
2006 Jamie Hewlett
Designs produced over the previous twelve months worldwide are eligible. A number of internationally respected design experts are invited to nominate up to five projects each, falling into the seven categories of Architecture, Transport, Graphics, Interactive, Product, Furniture and Fashion.
2008 The 'One Laptop Per Child' project, designed by Yves Béhar for Fuseproject
2009 Barack Obama poster designed by Shepard Fairey
2010 Folding Plug designed by Min-Kyu Choi
2011 Plumen 001 lightbulb, designed by Samuel Wilkinson and Hulger
2012 The London 2012 Olympic Torch, designed by BarberOsgerby
2013 The website "GOV.UK", designed by the Government Digital Service
2014 The Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan designed by architect Zaha Hadid