Super Contemporary at the Design Museum



Here are some photographs of Super Contemporary exhibition, which opened at the Design Museum in London last week and includes commissions from contemporary London designers including Thomas Heatherwick (above), Tom Dixon and David Adjaye.


Fifteen specially-commissioned projects are on show alongside a time line showing key moments in the development of design in London and maps charting the locations of key projects, studios and networks within the city.


The exhibition was designed by Martino Gamper and graphic design consultancy Bibliothèque, and guest-curated by Daniel Charny, who also commissioned Dezeen to make a series of interviews with London-based designers, which feature in the exhibition.


The show continues until 4 October.


Watch Dezeen's movies for Super Contemporary here:

Hussein Chalayan
Neville Brody


Photographs are by Luke Hayes.

Here's some more information from the Design Museum:

The Design Museum and Beefeater 24 announce Super Contemporary Commissions
Super Contemporary, celebrating London’s creative mavericks
3 June – 4 October

Super Contemporary is the spirit of London design, past, present and future. The exhibition celebrates and examines the creative magnetism of London and its enduring reputation as the heart of contemporary design.


The Design Museum has joined forces with Beefeater 24 to showcase 15 new commissions from London’s most dynamic creative’s, and as a group they demonstrate the diverse approaches to design in London.


Asked what they would give back to London, the 15 commissions show imagination, pragmatism and vision.


David Adjaye, Industrial Facility and Thomas Heatherwick take key features of the London streetscape, the bus stop, the telephone box and the lamppost respectively, and re-imagine their design possibilities aesthetically and practically.


El Ultimo Grito, working with Urban Salon, will reinvigorate the design of an enduring visual icon, Nelson’s Column.


Ron Arad will be re-calling the Hayward’s Neon Tower in a new film.


Paul Smith, BarberOsgerby, Tom Dixon, Paul Cocksedge and Neville Brody will address some of London’s most ubiquitous issues – litter, noise, pollution, rain and surveillance, respectively, and offer ingenious and thought provoking designs.


Wayne Hemingway is designing an outlet to help students and young creative entrepreneurs follow in his footsteps, Nigel Coates takes on Battersea Power Station, Ross Phillips will mix-and-match the general public with a series of interactive video pods and Kit Grover, inspired by an age old lucky charm, spins a twist on London’s heritage and turns a folk-law into a pin brooch.


Super Contemporary Commissions

  • Bus Shelter by David Adjaye.
  • The Neon Tower: An accidental London case study by Ron Arad.
  • Listening Station by BarberOsgerby.
  • Freedom Space by Neville Brody.
  • Batterseum by Nigel Coates.
  • Rain It In by Paul Cocksedge.
  • London Transport by Tom Dixon.
  • Horatio’s Garden by El Ultimo Grito with Urban Salon.
  • Thames Pin by Kit Grover.
  • Vision for the city of London by Zaha Hadid.
  • K9 Post Office Kiosk by Industrial Facility.
  • Lamp-post Chandelier by Thomas Heatherwick.
  • KiosKiosk by Wayne Hemingway.
  • Head to Toe by Ross Phillips.
  • New London Rubbish Bin by Paul Smith.


Super Contemporary Maps
To accompany the commissions a unique collection of personal maps will also be on show, giving a rare peek into London’s creative networks and what excites and drives them.

  • Nick Roope of POKE is mapping the digital community.
  • Alex Rich, Abake and Michael Marriott are mapping local public projects.
  • B Store are mapping contemporary up and coming fashion designers.
  • Daniel Weil is mapping 80s and 90s around graphic design agency Pentagram.
  • Wendy Dagworthy is mapping the 70s fashion scene.
  • Wayne Hemingway is mapping where he started sourcing and selling second hand clothes.
  • David Rosen and Neville Brody are mapping different studio locations and clusters.















Posted on Saturday June 13th 2009 at 1:33 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Prof. Z

    great work !!!! great post!!!!
    I hope some french design experts eg Pompidou Center (our Moma visited by Obama )or some influent consultants around Nicolas Sarkozy will see that exhibition to understand what a french design museum could be for Paris and France….it’s “art premier” of our next future…

  • I like David Adjayes’work. He’s a genius

  • tanya telford – T

    i can’t wait to see this exhibition, it looks like so many different, positive ideas from so many different creative people, may be even celebrating the happy diversity of london in terms of past, present & positive possibility’s for the future, very inspiring,

  • Prof. Z

    “He’s a genius”
    I have a debate in french blogs about the concept of “genius designer”, “star designer”, “influent designer”…
    In order to understand you , tell me more about some projects presented here…

  • Prof. Z

    Hans Robertus( from Philips), new diector of DDW in a very interesting interview called them “author designers”

  • modular

    “Genius”, lol…

  • Billy Bob

    “I like David Adjayes’work. He’s a genius”

    There are no photographs of Adjayes’ bus shelter from the exhibition in this post so its difficult for people to respond to or understand your comment.

  • dsgngurunyc

    I will catch this exhibition when I am over next. I have huge respect for Heatherwick who’s work always looks, at once effortless and as though it has always existed, but also as though it is brand new and a thing of beauty. The street light chandelier contains all the geometry of form applied with a sculptors eye that we have come to expect of him. I am also excited to see Cocksedge’s work at first hand, and to trying out the listening station by BarberOsgerby, that looks like a wonderful Anish Kapoor sculpture.