New facility arrives at Geffrye Museum

The Geffrye Museum, London’s showcase for domestic interior design, will unveil a pilot multimedia facility at October’s 100% Design show.

The database is the main feature of the Geffrye Design Centre, part of the museum’s 5m extension which architect Branson Coates was appointed to design in 1992 (DW 22 May 1992). A 1997 opening is planned for the extension.

The 125m2 Geffrye Design Centre will comprise the database and an exhibition space. It will be one section of the 1500m2 extension plan, which will include a twentieth century gallery, library and restaurant. “We’ll look for a specialist museum exhibitions designer next year, once we know about our funding,” says museum director David Dewing.

The museum will hear if it has received partial funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund in November. It is also seeking to raise cash from private sector sources.

The database will be shown at London’s 100% Design from 1 to 4 October on a stand with graphics designed by freelance Simon Loxley. The database “will make us into a proactive focus for furniture and decorative arts designers in East London,” says Dewing.

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