London Architecture and Design Museum by John Pawson

For you, what object captures the spirit of design? To celebrate the ground breaking of the new Design Museum in London, leading figures from the worlds of design and architecture, including the museum’s Design Circle members, Zaha Hadid, Paul Smith, Norman Foster and Cecil Balmond, as well as Sir Terence Conran and John Pawson, were invited to nominate an object to go in a time capsule to be buried in the foundations of the new building. 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. The move will give the museum three times more space, free access to its unique collection and bring it into Kensington’s cultural quarter where it will join the V&A, Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Royal College of Art and Serpentine Gallery. The choices that were made for the capsule are a fascinating portrayal of the vast world design and architecture encompass. From Hadid’s model of the MAXXI museum in Rome to Thomas Hetherwick and Ingo Maurer’s choice of a standard light bulb, to Sir Terence Conran’s choices, which went from an iPhone 4S to a tin of Anchovies and a good bottle of 2012 Burgundy, the objects are a reminder of good design – from the simple to the cutting edge. But what will the future archeologists think of the capsule?