Design 1900 – Now

Design 1900 – Now showcases 250 objects from the V&A's collections of 20th- and 21st-century art and design displayed across two galleries. The diverse and often surprising collection invites us to explore and interrogate every element of the designed world, from the familiar and everyday, such as the first Apple iPhone from the 2000s and early Tupperware from the 1960s, to the political and challenging, such as a series of Benetton posters from the early 1990s and a pair of Adidas trainers made from salvaged illegal fishing nets from 2015.

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Highlights include a British road signage system designed by Margaret Calvert and Jock Kinneir in the 1960s, Salvador Dali’'s Mae West Lips sofa from the 1930s, a Charles Rennie Mackintosh smoker's cabinet made in 1916, and Kim Kardashian's 2015 'autobiographical' book 'Selfish' which features around 300 selfies.

Collection highlights


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(Detail) MN01, Monocoque single-speed bicycle, designed by Marc Newson, manufactured by Biomega, Denmark, about 1999. Museum no. CD.19-2020. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London