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Plans for £80m Design Museum overhaul may provide inspiration

Those looking for new ideas for home improvements may wish to head to the Design Museum, which is undergoing an £80 million overhaul.

Visitors to the attraction can expect even more from the collection of British innovation, which will be housed in new premises at the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington.

Located in the cultural quarter of London, close to the Royal College of Art, the V&A, the Natural History Museum and the Serpentine Gallery, the new Design Museum will be open from 2014, trebling existing capacity for the collection.

The site in the capital will undergo major renovations, with designs from John Pawson for the interior of the Grade 2* listed building, something that may prompt people to seek builders to carry out more modest work on their own properties.

Culture minister Ed Vaizey declared: “The UK leads the world in design and architecture and it is entirely appropriate that we should be creating the world’s greatest Design Museum at this iconic London landmark.”

Further inspiration could come from the 2012 Designs of the Year winners for those who take immense pride in the appearance of their homes and are looking for interiors ideas, with the shortlist this year including the 2012 Olympic Torch by Barber Osgerby and the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

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