Photo: Sella Stool-Achille and Pier Castiglioni, 1957.
And for the most curious among you here are 10 things you didn’t know about the Design Museum Collection:
1. It wasn’t supposed to exist. Between 1982 and 1986 the founders of the Design Museum, Stephen Bayley and Terence Conran, staged the Boilerhouse Project in the basement of the V&A which predated the move to Shad Thames in 1989 and was conceived as a pioneering pop up museum documenting modern design.
2. The Design Museum Collection now includes over 290 chairs, 24 televisions and one nappy.
3. The Design Museum Collection will be a permanent and free to enter exhibition when it opens in the new Design Museum in High Street Kensington in 2015.
4. There are over 3,000 objects in the collection which include furniture, lighting, domestic appliances and communications technology.
5. The Design Museum Collection is currently held in two locations, one close to the museum for smaller objects and a larger warehouse for objects including the red telephone box.
6. The biggest item in the collection is a bus shelter, designed for Adshell by acclaimed industrial designer Kenneth Grange.
7. The Design Museum Collection recently acquired an AK-47 firearm, first developed in the USSR by Mikhail Kalashnikov in 1947.
8. The collection includes Robin Day’s 1963 Polyprop chair. It is estimated that some 14 million chairs have been sold and continue to be sold at a rate of 500,000 units a year.
9. Upcoming acquisitions include a Russian cosmonaut spacesuit.
10. The oldest piece in the collection is the Thonet No.14 chair designed in 1859 by Gebrüder Thonet.