Things to see at the Design Museum


The world of art in London is like nowhere else in the world. From classic paintings and sculptures to ground-breaking concept art and modern graffiti masterpieces, there is something for everyone in the city. The Design Museum in particular has become very popular amongst art enthusiasts.

On your travels around London be sure to pop your head inside the Design Museum in Kensington and check out some of the interesting exhibits. Here at the Grand Royale London, we know how hard it can be to keep up to date with the latest events in the art world so we’ve put together this guide that highlights the best exhibits at the Design Museum.

Environmental Communications: Seeing Los Angeles in the 1970s

Today the city of Los Angeles is one of the most popular destinations in the world for travellers but there was once a time when the city was young and much less attractive. Throughout the 21st century, the city has changed a great deal and this unique exhibit at the Design Museum showcases that change through a series of photographs and illustrations. It was a collective of architects and photographers in the 1970s that noticed the natural progression of Los Angeles and decided to document it. This is an unusual and intriguing exhibit that’s definitely worth checking out if you’re staying at our hotels in Hyde Park.

Breathing Colour by Hella Jongerius

For centuries people have looked at the way in which we see colour and how it affects us. The latest addition to this vast catalogue of research is the insightful and creative installation by renowned designer, Hella Jongerius. The Dutch designer looks at the behaviour of colour in this vibrant exhibit. Learn how colour reacts to light and how the use of shadow and reflection can affect the saturation of different materials. If you’re a fan of contemporary art and design, Breathing Colour is definitely worth adding to your to-do list.

Ferrari: Under the Skin

To celebrate their 70th anniversary, Ferrari has partnered with the Design Museum to showcase a unique exhibit that has never been seen before. The one of a kind installation will give visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the workings of the world’s most iconic car brand. Ordinarily, the supercar industry is very secretive but this is a unique opportunity to learn about the design process, engineering and manufacturing at Ferrari. If you’re a car enthusiast you won’t want to miss out on this unique chance to learn more about a company that has been producing supercars for 70 years.

Designer Maker User

The art of design would be a fruitless venture without craftsman to bring the designs to life, and both would be pointless without someone to use the end product. This is the key idea behind one of the latest exhibits to be showcased at the Design Museum. The curators have brought together a collection of over 1000 items to showcase the evolution of design throughout different industries. Spend the afternoon browsing this unique collection and learning how the designer, the maker and the user are all reliant on each other.