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    London's Design Museum has now closed its doors at the Shad Thames building, ahead of its move across town to the former Commonwealth Institute s… Read More
    London's Design Museum has now closed its doors at the Shad Thames building, ahead of its move across town to the former Commonwealth Institute site at High St Kensington. Read Less
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The Design Museum will be moving in to its new home in the former Commonwealth Institute building in the autumn of 2016. 
Here is a set of my images from the last ten years at the Design Museum, chosen and captioned by Deyan Sudjic.
Formula One, 2006
"This was the show that opened when I first got to the Design Museum 10 years ago. Morag Myerscough did a great job of designing it, Damon Hill opened it and Donna Loveday, the co-curator, managed to persuade Bernie Ecclestone to let us use the word Formula One in the title – a truly powerful combination."
Zaha Hadid - Architecture and Design, 2007
"Zaha had not had a major retrospective in the UK at this point. I think that the Design Museum actually did a better job in 2007 than the Guggenheim did with their show the year before. We had a real hit on our hands; the museum was crammed with people all the time and we had an audience who had never been to an architecture show before itching to get through the doors."
Less and More - The design ethos of Deiter Rams, 2009
"Curator Alex Newson, working with Bibliotheque, had the idea of constructing an approximation of Rams' own home with the Modern Jazz Quartet playing on the big Braun reel-to-reel. Rams loved it! Introducing Rams to a potential donor helped us land our first £1-million donation to the new building – a major step towards the position that we are now in."
Urban Africa – David Adjaye's Photographic Survey, 2010
"This was the exhibition that brought Ghanaian diplomat Kofe Annan to the museum – an incredible moment in our history."
John Pawson – Plain Space, 2010
"David Chipperfield and John Pawson were both the subjects of exhibitions at the museum in the run up to the competition we staged to choose an architect for the restoration of the Commonwealth Institute. We had a shortlist of seven firms in the end. John Pawson was eventually picked to deliver the new Design Museum and I can’t wait to open the doors to the public in November."
Christian Louboutin: 20 Years, 2012
"The Louboutin show beat all records for visitors, attracted as much perhaps by the Ditta von Teese hologram inside, as the riverside tank on the outside."
Hello, My Name is Paul Smith, 2013
"Paul Smith has been a friend of the museum since the early days. Hello My Name is Paul Smith was his second exhibition at the Design Museum and the felt just as relevant and important as the first. The exhibition is currently on tour in Japan, where it will display in three different cities before the end of the year."
Designers in Residence, 2007 - present
"Designers in Residence has been an important part of our programme, showcasing the work of a new generation, providing them with mentoring and a budget for an exhibition. When we move we will actually have studio space for them too! Last year Asif Khan – part of the original group of Designers in Residence – became a trustee, demonstrating the close relation that the museum builds with all the designers that take part in the scheme."
Designs of the Year, 2008 - present
"Designs of the Year is now in its ninth year – the essential annual affirmation of all forms of design. Each year the jury tries to find a project that stands for a particular moment, from the Obama poster by Shepherd Fairey to Barber & Osgerby's Olympic torch."
Permanent Collection, 2013 - present
"In the new building we will offer free admission to the permanent collection – a first in the Design Museum's history. In the run up to moving, we have tested out various approaches to telling the story of design and we are now ready to open a permanent collection for everyone to come and learn the importance and value of design."
Text courtesy of Deyan Sudjic and Dezeen