iPhone, light bulb and tinned fish buried
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News: leading UK design figures have nominated items including a light bulb, a coffee pot, an iPhone and a tin of anchovies as iconic contemporary objects to be buried in a time capsule at the ground breaking of the Design Museum's new home today.

The museum's founder Sir Terence Conran contributed the iPhone and tin of anchovies, industrial designer Marc Newson included a model of his famous Lockheed Lounge and Zaha Hadid donated a model of her MAXXI Museum.

Fashion designer Paul Smith chose the stamps he designed for the Olympics and museum director Deyan Sudjic chose the Olympic torch designed by BarberOsgerby.

Dezeen spoke to architect of the project John Pawson at the ceremony, where he told us "there may be architects that can design better than me but the important thing is making it happen. Now we just need to make sure what was drawn is what gets built.”

Converted from the former Commonwealth Institute building, completed in 1962 by RMJM, the new museum is set to open in 2015. Read more about Pawson's design in our earlier story.

Time capsule contents:

Cecil Balmond
European Union Flag
One Euro Coin
2p Stamp
USB containing images of jazz and blues music album covers, including John Coltrane and Bing Crosby

Sir Paul Smith
Isle of Man, London 2012 Olympic Games Stamps designed by Paul Smith

Sir Terence Conran
iPhone 4S
Tin of Anchovies
A good bottle of 2012 Burgundy

Deyan Sudjic
London 2012 Olympic Torch designed by BarberOsgerby
Badoiiing game, 2012 winner of the museum’s Design Ventura competition for 13-16 year-old D&T students

Margaret Howell
Image of Battersea Power Station

Zaha Hadid
Model of the MAXXI museum in Rome
Book by Patrik Schumacher, The Autopoiesis of Architecture, Vol.1: A New Framework for Architecture

John Pawson
1949 Wish Bone Chair (miniature model) for Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen and Son

Kenneth Grange
Cylinder Line Coffee Pot designed by Arne Jacobsen

Marc Newson
Mini Lockheed Lounge

Thomas Heatherwick with Ingo Maurer
Standard light bulb

The Mayor for London
Artists Tube Maps

Photo is by Dominic French.

  • JeffK

    Tin of anchovies? Looks like Terence Conran has been watching Futurama.

  • http://www.brodwax.com/ Samuel

    Not sure I get the logic behind including out-dated items like a light bulb or a 1949 Wish Bone Chair in a time capsule from 2012. But should be an interesting find for whoever gets the fun of opening the capsule in the future.

  • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

    Oh sweet Jebus, please tell me that wasn’t an iPhone 5! D-:

    … Kidding ;)

  • Mandizzle

    Hope they’ve loaded some interesting apps on the iPhone, as that will really provide a snapshot of popular culture in 2012 (oh, and a charger).