An Ordinary Exhibition

Above: Road Sign by Jock Kinneir & Margaret Calvert (1964)

Extraordinary Stories about Ordinary Things opened this week at the Design Museum in London. The new permanent collection displays hundreds of pieces of contemporary design and architecture. The exhibition provides an insight into the stories behind everyday objects that are often taken for granted.

Above: K6 Kiosk designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. Photography Luke Hayes

National Identity, Plastic, Modernism, and Antagonism are some of the key ‘Stories’ explored by the collection. The iconic telephone box, road signage, designs by Marcel Breuer and Enro Goldfinger (whose dispute about modernist architecture with Ian Fleming, led to his immortalisiation as a James Bond villain) are on display alongside high-profile designs, models, prototypes and specially commissioned films.

Above: Anglepoise Lamp. Photography Luke Hayes

The iconic Anglepoise Lamp has an entire section devoted to it and tells the story of a how car engineer with an obsession with springs resulted in one of the most enduring and copied designs in the history.

Above: Outfit from the fashion collecteion by Jill Ritblat. Photography Luke Hayes.

In another part of the exhibition is a display of fashion collected between the 1970s and the 1990s by Jill Ritblat and show the shifts in society and the balance of form and function through the different trends.

Extraordinary Stories about Ordinary Things runs 30 January 2013 until 4 January 2015; Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD, 10.00-17.45 daily, T: 0870 833 9955,

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