The Design Museum is one of London's most inspiring attractions. Concerned to the same extent with the future and the past, a selection of critically acclaimed exhibitions captures the excitement of design's evolution, ingenuity and inspiration through the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
The Design Museum is one of the world's leading museums of modern and contemporary design with a mission to excite people's attention to design. The Design Museum offers new exhibitions throughout the year. Constantly highlighting all the innovations, these exhibitions cover all the areas of design, from industrial design, graphics and multimedia, to fashion and architecture. Moreover, the Design Museum exhibitions can also be visited in other museums, both in the United Kingdom and abroad. With the latter being a good prove of a high-class exhibition organization.
Its most famous exhibitions are those of Eileen Gray and Robert Brownjohn. Eileen Gray is a well known designer of the early 20th century, devoted to 'building for the human being'. Her Bibendum chair and E-1017 table, which she designed especially for her sister to let her enjoy breakfast in bed, are among the most enduring examples of the furniture of the very beginning of the past century. Lots of architects confess that even today they are still impressed by her style and her buildings.
As to Robert Brownjohn, his exhibition introduces the talent and work of this most gifted graphic designer, famous for his decadent lifestyle, creating in the middle of the 20th century. Brownjohn captured the experimental spirit of the epoch by imposing modernist visual theory on mainstream culture in the titles of the James Bond films Gold-finger and From Russia With Love, artwork for the Rolling Stones and graphics for the Robert Fraser Gallery, which are still highly popular and famous all over the world.
The Design Museum is also the UK's largest museum provider of education resources for design studies. It runs lifelong learning and creativity programmes for children and grown-ups; carries out projects for all social strata and evidently helps to develop and improve the quality of Design teaching.
Every child visiting the Design Museum is given a free Design Action Pack to help them enjoy and learn from their visit. The pack includes treasure trail of the exhibitions inside the museum, creativity exercises and a game featuring the landmarks, such as 'Spot the Building'.
Besides, using drawing and collage skills, and participating in 'Cover Stars' programme, children can plan, design and produce magazine covers or design and decorate fabulous fashion items including T-shirts, bags and jewellery, participating in Fashion Fever programme and the accessories workshops.
And, never forget about the favourite kids' holiday - Christmas! It takes so much time and efforts to prepare for it! But there's a great solution to this 'problem' - Designing Christmas workshops. Illustrators and graphic designers help children to get ready for Christmas by designing, making and decorating festive cards, crackers and decorations, which will definitely turn the family holiday into a professionally organized one.
The would-be animators, future video game and multimedia designers have a great opportunity to discov er and develop their talents by planning, designing and producing their own short animated films.
Having the leading part in design museum stream, the Design Museum has won international fame for exhibitions on modern design history and contemporary design, and for discovering and developing new design talents, as well as educating them, regardless their race, gender, age and social background. It doesn't matter who you are and where you come from, art and design unite everybody.