Thanks to a $104 million investment, what was once a long-vacant structure has been transformed into the new, architecturally stunning home of London’s Design Museum. Behind its gray, unassuming exterior is an interior that’s at once sleek and warm thanks to such touches as wooden banisters, leather benches, and the soft glow of LED lights.
The new space makes for a great home for its permanent collections (which are free to visit) and temporary exhibits that explore the concept of design from an array of point of views. One piece crowdsourced the question, “What constitutes good design?” and features everything from a paper bag to a bicycle. One exhibit takes an introspective look at the question, asking visitors to consider if the AK-47, though it is technically effective, can be considered good design.
The Design Museum reopens on Nov. 24.
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