The new London Design Museum will have a very special buried treasure beneath it that includes, among other things an iPhone, a 2p stamp and a couple of tube maps.
The treasure is the time capsule that the London Design Museum has buried under the foundations of the new building.
The ground was only broken last month on the eve of the London Design Festival and the time capsule was added to the foundations of the building to mark the historic moment.
To make up the full contents of the time capsule leading figures in the world of design and architecture including the museum’s Design Circle members, Zaha Hadid, Paul Smith, Norman Foster and Cecil Balmond, as well as Sir Terence Conran and John Pawson were invited to nominate an object to be included in the capsule.
The final contents included:
A European Union Flag
One Euro Coin
A 2p Stamp
A USB containing images of jazz and blues music album covers, including John Coltrane and Bing Crosby
Some Isle of Man, London 2012 Olympic Games Stamps designed by Paul Smith
An iPhone 4S
A Tin of Anchovies
A good bottle of 2012 Burgundy
A London 2012 Olympic Torch designed by BarberOsgerby
A Badoiiing game, 2012 winner of the museum’s Design Ventura competition for 13-16 year-old D&T students
An image of Battersea Power Station
A model of the MAXXI museum in Rome
A Book by Patrik Schumacher, The Autopoiesis of Architecture, Vol.1: A New Framework for Architecture
A 1949 Wish Bone Chair (miniature model) for Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen and Son
A Cylinder Line Coffee Pot designed by Arne Jacobsen
A Mini Lockheed Lounge
A Standard light bulb
Some Artists Tube Maps
The new Design Museum has been designed by John Pawson and once completed will be the world’s leading museum of its kind. The building is planned to finish in 2015 giving the museum three times more space, free access to its unique collection and the move will bring it into Kensington’s cultural quarter where it will join the V&A, Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Royal College of Art and Serpentine Gallery.