Four great design museums: London, Triennale, Cooper, Copenhagen

Design is a term applied to both valuable innovations in function and aesthetics as well as to “cute” novelties of questionable merits.

Great design museums offer insights to those interested in truly good design.

We have visited four design museums that we think are well worth a visit, especially when some fascinating exhibitions are present: London (, Triennale  (Milan) (, Cooper Hewitt (New York) (, Copenhagen (
Below are some pictures and information that might entice you to consider visiting those museums.

London – Design Museum

Our visits to London always include this museum, one of the pioneers in the design museum field, a brain (and purse) child of Sir Terence Conran. This museum often stages interesting exhibitions. It is located in a very interesting area of London – we recommend a walk along the Thames from the London Bridge tube station and along the street one block away from the river on the way back (where a number of restaurants can be found to refuel – but the museum itself has a nice cafeteria and restaurant).

Milan – Triennale di Milano


This museum is designed with Italian flair coupled with northern Italian attention to detail and perfection. As befits the mecca of design, this is a truly world class institution. Surprisingly, it is relatively unknown, but really well worth a visit. It is conveniently located adjacent to the Castello Sforzesco.

Copenhagen – Designmuseum Danmark

The collections of The Danish Museum of Art & Design include decorative and applied arts and industrial design from the Western World covering the period from the Late Middle Ages to the present day. The “area of collection” also takes in the Far East, namely China and Japan, from prehistoric to modern times. During the present decade there has been particular emphasis on Danish design and applied arts from around 1900 to the present day. All you could expect from the epicenter of Scandinavian design : )

New York – Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design

Housed in a Carnegie mansion, Cooper Hewitt hosts the annual Awards program which celebrates design in various disciplines as a humanistic tool in shaping our lives, and seeks to increase awareness of the impact of design through education. The museum is near the Guggenheim and Metropolitan museums of art and could be worth your visit, especially if a good exhibition is on.

Currently the Carnegie mansion home of the museum is being renovated; you can see some exhibits at the United Nations.

We hope that you have enjoyed “visiting” these great design museums and are inspired as we were!

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