Buried in time

Some of the world's foremost architects and designers selected objects to bury in a time capsule! Take a look inside...

What would put in a time capsule? It is an interesting question to think about. And a difficult one at that – what one object would you select to represent you, your work, an era?

In celebration of the new Design Museum in London, a time capsule was buried in the foundations of the new building. And some of the world’s foremost architects and designers were invited to nominate an object to go into the time capsule.

The chosen objects are diverse in nature, form and function: think a tin of anchovies, next to the European Union flag, alongside a postage stamp!

Here are the nominators, with their objects:

Sir Terence Conran

  • iPhone 4S
  • Tin of anchovies
  • A good bottle of 2012 Burgundy

Thomas Heatherwick with Ingo Maurer

  • Standard light bulb

Marc Newson

  • Mini Lockheed Lounge

Margaret Howell

  • Image of Battersea Power Station

Zaha Hadid

  • Model of MAXXI museum in Rome

John Pawson

  • 1949 Wish Bone Chair (miniature model) for Hans J Wegner for Carl Hansen and Son

Kenneth Grange

  • Cylinder Line Coffee Pit designed by Arne Jacobsen

Cecil Balmond

  • European Union Flag
  • One Euro coin
  • 2p Stamp
  • USB containing images of jazz and blues music album covers, including John Coltrane and Bing Crosby 

Sir Paul Smith

  • Isle of Man, London 2012 Olympic Games Stamps designed by Paul Smith

Deyan Sudjic

  • London 2012 Olympic Torch designed by BarberOsgerby
  • Badoiiing Game, 2012 winner of the museum's Design Ventura competition for 13-16 year-old D&T students

It was also recently announced that a major donation by the Swarovski Foundation will enable the creation of a world-class Learning Centre for design.

Designed by John Pawson, the new Design Museum, which will be the world’s leading museum of its kind, is planned to open in 2015.

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