What would go in your design time capsule?

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In the midst of London’s week as design capital of the world – London Design Festival (product and graphic), London Fashion Week and Open House for architecture buffs – the Design Museum has held an official ground breaking of the new Design Museum at the former Commonwealth Institute on Kensington High Street.

To mark the historic moment in the development of the Design Museum, a time capsule was buried in the foundations of the new building, with a number of designers and architects invited to nominate an object to be included.

They include the museum’s Design Circle members, Zaha Hadid, Paul Smith, Norman Foster and Cecil Balmond, as well as Sir Terence Conran and John Pawson.

Click through for the full contents. What would you have included – or left out?

Time Capsule contents:

Cecil Balmond
European Union Flag
One Euro Coin
2p Stamp
USB containing images of jazz and blues music album covers, including John Coltrane and Bing Crosby

Sir Paul Smith
Isle of Man, London 2012 Olympic Games Stamps designed by Paul Smith


Sir Terence Conran
iPhone 4S
Tin of Anchovies
A good bottle of 2012 Burgundy

Deyan Sudjic
London 2012 Olympic Torch designed by BarberOsgerby
Badoiiing game, 2012 winner of the museum’s Design Ventura competition for 13-16 year-old D&T students

Margaret Howell
Image of Battersea Power Station

Zaha Hadid
Model of the MAXXI museum in Rome
Book by Patrik Schumacher, The Autopoiesis of Architecture, Vol.1: A New Framework for Architecture

John Pawson
1949 Wish Bone Chair (miniature model) for Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen and Son

Kenneth Grange
Cylinder Line Coffee Pot designed by Arne Jacobsen

Marc Newson
Mini Lockheed Lounge

Thomas Heatherwick with Ingo Maurer
Standard light bulb

The Mayor for London
Artists Tube Maps

Designed by John Pawson, the new Design Museum, which will be the world’s leading museum of its kind, is planned to open in 2015.


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