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John Pawson creates first standalone shop for London's Design Museum

The Design Museum has opened its first ever standalone retail space, moments away from its new west London site (+ slideshow).

Design Museum shop on Kensington High Street

Located on Kensington High Street, the Design Museum Shop presents a curated edit of design classics, collections based on current exhibitions and an ever-changing array of design-focused objects from around the world.

Design Museum shop on Kensington High Street

The interior was created by the new museum's designer John Pawson, and mirrors features that will be seen inside the new venue, including stained oak flooring and terrazzo surfaces.

The space also incorporates shop fixtures by Vitra and Dieter Rams' classic 606 Universal Shelving System for Vitsoe.

Design Museum shop on Kensington High Street

"The Design Museum shop reflects the values of the museum itself," said Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic.

"It's our ambassador on the high street, always changing, always full of fascinating things, displayed with style, and staffed by people who live and breathe design."

Design Museum shop on Kensington High Street

The Design Museum, which formerly occupied a former 1940s banana warehouse in Shad Thames, will reopen in the former Commonwealth Institute at 224-238 Kensington High Street on 24 November.

Design Museum shop on Kensington High Street

Pawson's conversion of the 1960s building will triple the museum's current exhibition spaces to almost 10,000 square metres, allowing the museum to accommodate the first permanent display of its collection, alongside two temporary exhibitions. It is hoped the move will bring in an extra 400,000 visitors each year.

Design Museum shop on Kensington High Street

The designer's plans for the £83 million transformation of the Grade II* listed building were first unveiled in 2012 and scheduled to be completed in 2014.

Design Museum shop on Kensington High Street

The renovation of the building, which has has a distinctive hyperbolic paraboloid roof that dips at its centre, has been "inherently problematic architecturally", causing its opening to be delayed by two years.

Design Museum shop on Kensington High Street

"Museums are special places, the architecture of museums does matter a lot," said Sudjic. "It's what makes people feel that they've come somewhere special, it's what makes you feel its worth leaving your screen."