There are a few tweaks left to do before the grand opening on the 24th
But yesterday saw the Press Day where the world's press was invited to view the museum and interview its leading players - Sir Terence Conran (founder), Deyan Sudjic (director), and John Pawson (architect)
|Photograph by Gravity Road|
Built between 1959 and 1961 this is a unique building formed by a hyberbolic parabola upon which the rest of the building, the roof, walls etc is hung. It is spectacular, especially on the inside
Costing £83m, the building structure was renovated by OMA architects and once stabilised, architect John Pawson redesigned the interior.
The interior is beautiful, full of natural oak and Italian terrazzo with a huge cathedral like atrium as you enter where you can see the whole of the structure, including the parabolic concrete roof which soars above
|Beautiful floating bence|
|Pres conference with the bigwigs|
|Sir Terence Conran|
The third floor is dedicated to a permanent exhibition called Designer Maker User which is the bit we are part of. Principally formed of the Museum's permanent collection, a select group of other companies have been invited to illustrate certain aspects of the Maker section.
A huge video wall with clips from all aspects of the exhibition included some from our films so we waited for the whole thing to loop through to get the best ones
There is a crowd sourced wall with iconic products voted by the public.
|Natural cork tiles echo the triangles in the roof|
|Discussing the last minute tweaks before the opening on the 24th November 2017|
The User section examines our relationship with the designed world.
|Awesome Olivetti graphic design from the 70s and 80s|
|Any ideas what this is? Pinned up by chair frames...|
|This is scary - average sea temperatures whci have stayed constant for millenia. Until now|
|Beautiful family tree of small electronics|
So for a bespoke shoemakers like Carreducker to be included is a big deal, both for us and for the craft in general. For all of us who learn and train and make and work to keep this amazing trade alive. It's payback for the whole industry - congratulations to all of us. We feel extremely proud and excited to be a part of it
Wish us luck for Tuesday and, until next week, happy shoemaking!