Marianne Panton in a dining room, designed by Verner Panton, 1970, production: Herman Miller + Vitra
"Lit Clos", 2000, Design: Erwan Bouroullec, Production: Cappellini
Block shelving system, 2001, Design: Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Production: Cappellini
Thonet Bentwood Chair, No.14, Manufacturer: Hemsley Associates
Plywood Chair, Design: Jasper Morrison, Production: Vitra
Panton Chair, 1959-1960, Design: Verner Panton, Production: Vitra

Exhibition: History of Modern Design in London

The Design Museum in London is showing "History of Modern Design – in the Home" from 1800 to the present until October 31, 2004.


A series of modern interiors that decisively influenced the furnishing of the home in the different eras are reconstructed in the exhibition: a living room of Bauhaus Dessau from the 1920s, the pre-manufactured home by Charles and Ray Eames in Los Angeles from the 1940s, a room inspired by pop art and designed by Verner Panton in the 1960s as well as a contemporary living room and office designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.


The design and development of individual objects that hold an important position in the history of modern design are also examined. Here, the spectrum of objects ranges from mass-produced chairs from the Austrian manufacturer Thonet at the end of the 19th century to the first collection of paperback classics from "Penguin" publishers from the 1930s to the Apple Powerbook computer and iPod player.

Throughout the years the private home and the manner of living have continuously adapted to changing cultural circumstances, technologies and trends. The exhibition tells the story behind the innovative and inspiring milestones of modern design, which have fundamentally changed our relationship with our home.


Further information at


Design Museum

Shad Thames

London SE1 2YD

Great Britain