Hg2 : The Hedonist

The Design Museum

With a museum that champions the equal merits of style and substance, form and function, there are high expectations for its own architecture – which have been met, so it is undoubtedly one of the top places to see in London. Needless to say, the Design Museum is the apotheosis of good taste – an angular, whitewashed former warehouse in the style of the Bauhaus Dessau, built in 1989 under the direction and financial support of Sir Terence Conran (the man behind Habitat, the Conran Shop and, now, The Boundary Project). Now under the dynamic stewardship of Blueprint founder and one-time Domus editor Dejan Sudjic, this temple to design pays tribute to the best of all areas – product design, graphics, fashion, architecture and engineering – and hosts the annual Designer of the Year award (previously won by Apple’s Jonathan Ive). For recharging one’s batteries, there’s the excellent Blueprint Cafe (a restaurant established by Conran, no less) with binoculars set out on the tables for spying on design in the distance – being riverside, there are panoramic views of architectural feats old and new, from Tower Bridge to the Gherkin.Images: by Luke Hayes & Ashley Woodfield

Shad Thames,
+44 20 7403 6933
Opening Times
daily, 10am-5.45pm
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