Help the Design Museum by adopting a Vespa or an Apple Mac

Help give an object a home with the Design Museum’s new fundraising campaign, which looks to raise £200,000 towards the construction of the new museum site.

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The Design Museum is appealing to its supporters’ sensitive sides by asking them to adopt an object in its latest fundraising campaign for its new London site.

The museum is set to open its doors at its new location on Kensington High Street this November, after shutting its museum in Shad Thames in May.

Raise £200,000 towards museum construction

Adopt an Object is its latest fundraising campaign to help raise more than £200,000 towards the final £1 million needed to cover the construction costs of its new site in the former Commonwealth Institute.

People can support the campaign online, by donating £5 to “adopt an object” and secure its home at the new museum, which will go towards these costs.

Choose from 12 objects

12 classic objects created between 1924 and 2007 are up for adoption – these include the: Vespa Clubman scooter, Dieter Rams-designed Phonosuper SK5 turntable, My First Sony tapedeck, Anglepoise lamp, Apple iMac G3 desktop computer, GPO Tele 150 Post Office telephone exchange, Melodic kettle, G-Force Cyclonic vacuum cleaner, Cartoon Chair, Valentine typewriter, Trabo toaster and Louboutin Pigalle heels.

Each adopter will receive one of 12 personalised thank you films, showing an object from the Design Museum’s permanent collection “travelling” from Shad Thames to the new Kensington site via tube and by foot. The films have been created in collaboration with studio The Mill.

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Adopters can also track their chosen object’s “journey” from the old Design Museum to the new building via the website, where they can see how many people have chosen to sponsor each object.

Every £5 donated “moves” the object closer to the new museum site by 0.5 miles, and donors will have their names displayed on the site, unless they wish to remain anonymous. The website interface has been developed with Fabrique and Q42.

Museum to open 24 November

The campaign is part of the Design Museum’s wider On Loan programme, which will see its collections appear at various pop-up locations before the official museum opening.

The new Design Museum will offer collections three times more space, and will present the museum’s permanent display for free for the first time ever.

The new Design Museum opens on 24 November and will offer collections three times more space. It opens with the first ever free display of its permanent collection within the exhibition Designer Marker User, alongside two temporary exhibitions, which are Designs of the Year, and Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World.

Design Museum, Adopt an Object, Vespa Clubman, Year 1946, Designer Corradino D’Ascanio
Vespa Clubman, 1946, by Corradino D’Ascanio
Design Museum, Adopt an Object, Valentine Typewriter, Year 1969, Designer Ettore Sottsass
Valentine Typewriter, 1969, by Ettore Sottsass
Design Museum, Adopt an Object, Pigalle, Year 2004, Designer Christian Louboutin
Pigalle, 2004, by Christian Louboutin
Design Museum, Adopt an Object, Phonosuper SK5, Year 1956, Designer Dieter Rams
Phonosuper SK5, 1956, by Dieter Rams
Design Museum, Adopt an Object, My First Sony, Year 1992, Designer Sony Design Centre
My First Sony, 1992, by Sony Design Centre
Design Museum, Adopt an Object, Melodic Kettle, Year 1983, Designer Richard Sapper
Melodic Kettle, 1983, by Richard Sapper
Design Museum, Adopt an Object, GPO Tele 150, Year 1924, Designer General Post Office
GPO Tele 150, 1924, by General Post Office
Design Museum, Adopt an Object, G-Force Cyclonic Vacuum Cleaner, Year 1986, Designer James Dyson (Dyson Research Design Development)
G-Force Cyclonic Vacuum Cleaner, 1986, by James Dyson (Dyson Research Design Development)
Design Museum, Adopt an Object, Block Toaster, Year 2004, Designer Piero Russi for Trabo
Block Toaster, 2004, by Piero Russi for Trabo
Design Museum, Adopt an Object, Apple iMac G3, Year 1998-1999, Designer Jonathan Ive
Apple iMac G3, 1998-1999, by Jonathan Ive
Design Museum, Adopt an Object, Anglepoise Lamp, Year 1934, Designer George Carwardine
Anglepoise Lamp, 1934, by George Carwardine
Design Museum, Adopt an Object, Cartoon Chair, Year 2007, Designer Fernando and Humberto Campana
Cartoon Chair, 2007, by Fernando and Humberto Campana
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