Design icons

From computers to coffee pots: 5 objects that tell the story of modern design.

The Design Museum reopens later this month in the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington High Street, west London. John Pawson’s conversion of the iconic 1960s building gives the museum three times more space than it had in its former home in Southwark. Chief curator Justin McGuirk picks five surprising and eclectic objects from the permanent display.

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Design icons

My design classics

Michael Sodeau is director of Michael Sodeau Studio that designs furniture, home products, lighting, and rugs, and interiors and exhibitions. He is art directing designjunction, part of the London Design Festival running from 17th-25th September. Here, he talks to Liz Bury about his favourite design objects.

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Design icons

Design classics

British rug designer Helen Yardley will transpose her studio full of richly coloured rugs and wall hangings to Craft Central, St John’s Square, for the duration of Clerkenwell Design Week. Here she talks about her favourite design objects and why she treasures her vacuum cleaner.

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