Opening stunt, by Design Museum


Ahead of the Design Museum’s reopening at the Commonwealth Institute on London’s Kensington High Street, the museum has placed a refugee shelter on Exhibition Road.

The Better Shelter is designed by The Ikea Foundation and is one of the shortlisted entries in this year’s Designs of the Year exhibition, which will be held at the new museum.

Better Shelter is a 17.5m2 shelter assembled from flat-pack parts and takes around four hours to construct. Each shelter can accommodate up to five people and protects against the elements for more than three years.

Its photovoltaic (solar) panels provide the energy to power lights and mobile phone chargers.

The stunt is part of a broader campaign showing how design is part of our every day world and the museum is starting to ramp up activity ahead of its opening on 24 November, including positioning itself as “the museum that never closes”.