The Design Museum turns 30 next month, and rather than having dinner with a select few friends before inviting everyone they know on Facebook to the pub, the London institution has decided to celebrate the milestone by commissioning 30 incredible creatives to create a batch of commemorative icons.
Featuring contributions by everyone from Alva Skog to Paul Smith, Nathalie Du Pasquier to Peter Saville, Mona Chalabi to Made Thought, this new series of bespoke logos is both a brilliant birthday present in its own right, and a veritable who’s who of the past three decades of creativity.
Thursday 4 July marks the official Design Museum birthday, but the institution has decided to host its big bash on Friday 5 July, with everyone who’s contributed to the series hot-footing it down Kensington to enjoy an evening of mirth and merriment.
In addition to the party, the work that makes up the Made in 2019 programme will form a free exhibit in the museum, running alongside the current blockbusters.
And to that end, a limited run of tickets priced at just 30 pence each will be available on the big day itself. Yep, some lucky so and so’s can check out the massive Stanley Kubrick show, or the Sir David Adjaye OBE retrospective for the price of a Fudge.
“Asked to pick the single most rewarding achievement in my long design career so far, I would not hesitate to say firmly the Design Museum in London,” says the institution’s founder Sir Terence Conran ahead of the big bash.
- Josephin Ritschel presents architecture and its surroundings as a stage for storytelling
- Gender, sexuality and male identity as seen through the lens of Jorge Perez Ortiz
- Gab Bois transforms things we’ve seen a thousand times into something spectacular
- Aysha Tengiz on her joyous, colourful and slightly depressing illustrated scenes
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- The work of Xiangyu Liu is weird and fantastically unpredictable (some NSFW)
- Caterina Bianchini Studio designs a dog-themed identity for a conveyer belt cheese restaurant
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- Hans Findling on his experimental and multidisciplinary approach to design
- Introducing the It’s Nice That Graduates of 2019!