Adopt a Design Classic to help London’s Design Museum relocate

A pair of Louboutin heels and a Dyson vacuum cleaner are part of a fundraising campaign towards the London Design Museum’s relocation.

The Design Museum's move from Shad Thames to Kensington High Street in London is going to be an expensive one, but it’s found a way to get some extra funds through the Adopt an Object campaign.

The campaign will attempt to raise more than £200,000 towards the £1 million needed for the museum’s move into the former Commonwealth Institute building in west London.

The new Design Museum opens in Kensington on November 24 – the space being three times bigger than the former banana warehouse in Shad Thames where it was situated since 1989.

You can find out more about the museum's new building here.

Image: A render of new museum.  All images courtesy  of the Design Museum

Donators will be asked to adopt a designer object out of the 12 chosen for £5, and in return the donator will receive a film showing one of the objects making its way from the Shad Thames to the new Kensington site, where the collection will be on free permanent display.

The objects are designer classics - including a pair of Louboutin heels and an original Dyson vacuum cleaner.

Other objects include a 1946 Vespa clubman, 1969 Valentine typewriter, 1934 Anglepoise lamp and even an Apple iMac from 1998-1999.

Read on to find out more about the objects. The following descriptions have been provided by the Design Museum.

Image: A render of new museum

Year: 2004

Designer: Christian Louboutin

With their instantly recognisable glossy red soles, Christian Louboutin’s shoes have become an important part of the fashion landscape.

Louboutin has built one of the most successful shoe brands in the world with a blend of craftsmanship and a distinctive kind of glamour.

From razor sharp stilettos and lace-up boots to studded sneakers and bejewelled pumps, Louboutin’s designs carry his unique signature.

The Pigalle, named after one of his favourite neighbourhoods in Paris, was one of the first pumps designed by Louboutin and it has become one of his most popular designs.

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Year: 1946

Designer: Corradino D’Ascanio

You don’t get much more iconic than the classic Vespa Clubman.

The original 1946 design began Italy’s love affair with scooters and helped kick-start the country’s post-war economy. The Clubman epitomises chic, sleek Italian style.

Year: 1956

Designer: Dieter Rams

Dieter Rams is one of the most influential product designers of all time. Not least because of the sublime SK5 Phonosuper that defined turntables forevermore.

The futuristic Perspex cover felt almost other-worldly at the time and led to the German public giving it the nickname ‘Schneewittchenssarg’ (‘Snow White’s Coffin’).

Year: 1969

Designer: Ettore Sottsass

The Valentine typewriter is the poster child of 60s Italian design. The bold red case is practical, lightweight, portable and stylish, its modern design reenergised the typewriter market.

It bucked the post-modern trend by reminding the world that this classic product still had relevance in an industrial, technologically-advanced world.

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Year: 2007

Designer: Fernando and Humberto Campana

The Cartoon Chair is a truly unique object. The imagination of Brazilian brothers Fernando and Humberto Campana dreamt up this explosion of classic Disney characters. It’s a design full of energy and playfulness that brings out everyone’s inner child.

Year: 1924

Designer: General Post Office

The 1920s saw the development of automatic exchange switching technology, eliminating the need for an operator to connect telephone calls.

In 1924, the GPO brought this cutting-edge technology to the UK for the first time, cleverly uniting the revolutionary circular dial with the familiar candlestick frame.

Year: 1934

Designer: George Carwardine

It took a combination of an engineer dedicated to the technology of springs and a businessman determined to diversify his product range to bring this striking, yet functional lamp to market.

Despite the huge technological advances since its creation in Redditch in 1934, even today you’d be hard pushed to find a desk lamp that doesn’t draw on Carwardine’s design.

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Year: 1986

Designer: James Dyson (Dyson Research Design Development)

Unable to find support for his invention in the UK, James Dyson licensed his first design for a bagless vacuum cleaner in Japan.

The high-tech form, striking colours and Cyclone feature, allowing continuous suction, of the G-Force were a success and in 1993 funded his production of the DCO1.

Year: 1998-1999 

Designer: Jonathan Ive

It’s hard to beat Apple when it comes to recognisable products and the 1998 iMac is no exception. This all-in-one monitor and computer has the same visual impact today as it did then.

Simple, integrated, easy-to-use designs, crafted with great care and beauty are what Apple does best. The iMac G3 is a landmark of design, both inside and out.

Year: 1983

Designer: Richard Sapper

Richard Sapper broke from his tradition of disciplined German functional design to make a kitchen appliance with a lot of character.

He was inspired by Alberto Alessi’s Italian family company that aimed to produce truly artistic items at an affordable price. This beautiful kettle design combines practical Bauhaus geometry with the whimsical melody of a whistle.

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Year: 2004

Designer: Piero Russi for Trabo

Featuring a sleek yet minimalist design, the Block was the second toaster by Trabo and followed on from the hugely successful Toast design by Gae Aulenti.

Still revered as a must-have appliance for the design conscious, Block is a timeless and iconic piece of kitchen design. 

Year: 1992

Designer: Sony Design Centre

The My First Sony range was the Japanese electronics giant’s first foray into the children’s market. They took inspiration from popular toys to create a product that perfectly combined fun and function.

The amplified microphone and tape deck brought cutting-edge technology to children, with its vibrant and minimalist design.

The new museum, to open November 24, will include a free permanent display of its collection in the exhibition Designer Marker User as well as two temporary exhibition spaces, which will open with Designs of the Year and Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World.

The Design Museum is devoted to architecture and design – such as in areas of fashion, product and graphic design.

It has showcased more than 100 exhibitions, including designers and architects Zaha Hadid, Paul Smith, Jonathan Ive, Miuccia Prada, Eileen Gray, Frank Gehry and Dieter Rams.

Image: A render of new museum

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