The new Design Museum shop is open!
We won't see John Pawson's work on the museum until November but he's just finished the shop nearby
London’s Design Museum will not open in its new home until November. However, John Pawson, the architect overseeing the museum’s refit of the former Commonwealth Institute in Kensington, has also found time to create the interior of its accompanying shop, at 224-238 Kensington High Street.
The Design Museum Shop opened a few days ago and features all you might come to expect from both Pawson and the museum itself. The shelves are designed by Dieter Rams, there’s a special section for the Swiss furniture company Vitra; as well as a selection of design classics, dedicated spaces for displays to tie into the museum’s temporary exhibitions, and, of course, lots of room for Phaidon books.
“The Design Museum shop reflects the values of the museum itself,” said the museum director and Phaidon author Deyan Sudjic. “It’s our ambassador on the high street, always changing, always full of fascinating things, displayed with style, and staffed by people who live and breathe design.”