Block 4 designers inspired by London museums

42 Block 4 Design students and staff recently made a journey up to London to visit the Design Museum and Fashion and Textiles Museum. This is our annual visit, timed to help kick start their extended project and broaden their experience of the great Design work they can use as a source of inspiration.

The Design Museum has a permanent collection of iconic design work in an exhibition entitled Extraordinary Stories that gives the background to a number of our best loved design pieces. The Design Museum’s Designs of Year exhibition is also currently showcasing the very best of design work carried out in the last 12 months as nominated by the great and good of the design community. A vast range of very different work was on show and most of us found at least one thing there really wanted to smuggle home! Lots of emphasis was made of the use of rapid prototyping technology and our students were just a little smug that we have one in the department already!

Whilst the fashion orientated students went on to the excellent Fashion and Textiles Museum founded by Zandra Rhodes, the workshop students went to a workshop entitled Mystery Products. This uses a selection of unusual products to test the powers of deduction of the students and discuss the language and subtle messages everyday objects use to explain their functionality. Our students we delighted to discover one of the objects, a bright pink used chewing gum collector made of used chewing gum, was designed by OB designer Anna Bullus! One day of these young Bedalian designers might have their work in the museum too!

By Ben Shaw, Head of Design

Students take part in workshop at Design Museum


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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