Prince Philip opens Design Museum
Prince Philip has opened a new Design Museum.
The Duke of Edinburgh, 95, unveiled a plaque at the £83 million building on Kensington High Street, London, yesterday (14.11.16), where he was shown a mini exhibition of popular consumer goods but was shocked to see a red bucket on display.
He said: “A bucket?!”
Among the 250 items from 25 countries on display in the museum were an egg cup, washing up gloves, a bike and several household items.
Sir Terence Conran, who founded the Design Museum and household furnishings company Habitat, admitted he wants the establishment to become a “meeting place” for creatives.
He is quoted by the Evening Standard as saying: “I wanted it to be a place where the creative industries call home, because we have a members’ room, a restaurant and I want it to become a meeting place.
“Getting around the building has been so brilliantly done.
“My career has been about trying to improve the quality of life for people, and design can do this. And I hope this museum can contribute to improving the quality of life.”
The Design Museum will open to the public on November 24.
Another royal keen on design is Phillip’s son, Prince Charles, 68, who has reportedly paid his sister-in-law, Annabel Elliot, £1.5 million for her design services since he wed Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.