Extraordinary Stories About Ordinary Things, presented by the London Design Museum, will trace the history of memorable everyday objects, emphasizing the importance of design at every level. The show, which began last month and will remain a permanent exhibition until 2015, features a selection of curio chosen from amongst the museum’s vast archives, grounded by six main themes: national identity, modernism, plastic, fashion, collecting, and a profile of George Carwardine’s iconic Anglepoise lamp. Of particular interest is an assortment of both antique and contemporary chairs that map the evolution of furniture design. Established by Terence Conran in the early 1990s, the Design Museum has been home to over 100 exhibitions focused on teaching the significance of design in the modern world. The museum recently announced plans to re-locate to a larger space located in South Kensington, using the Extraordinary Stories as a preview of what can be expected from the new locale.
From left to right: Tulip Chair, 1956, designed by Eero Saarinen for Knoll International. B32 Chair, 1928, designed by Marcel Breuer. LAR Armchair, 1948 designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Millar. Rover Chair designed by Ron Arad for One Off Ltd. Nesting Armchairs, 1931-1937, Kingfisher Ltd. White Easy Chair 4794, 1975, designed by Gae Aulenti for Kartell, and Green Universal Stacking Chair, designed by Joe Colombo for Kartell.