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Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924–Today, Design Museum

Updated: Oct 18, 2022

Wander amongst iconic dreamlike surrealist art at the Design Museum's striking new show. Filled with fun and fantastical objects, we think its a goodie for kids. Fire up their imaginations as they seek out Dali's dreamy lobster telephone and his hilarious sofa inspired by Mae West's lips.

Curated by the Vitra Design Museum, the exhibition brings together Surrealist design at its very finest. Crammed with heaps of iconic furniture, stunning fashion and photography from pioneers including Dali, Dora Maar, Man Ray, Gaudi and Leonora Carrington, we didn't want to leave. Our favourite piece was this Cartoon Chair made in 2007 by Fernando and Humberto Campana. Created after spotting a street seller carrying bizarre armfuls of teddies, this Disney-inspired creation will delight kids.

We also loved this Cat's Cradle Hands Chair designed by Salvador Dali and Edward James in 1936. Named after the child's game, it was inspired by a performance called 'Dance of the Hands'.

We defy you to walk through the gorgeous exhibition shop without buying anything. The lobster 🦞Christmas dec seemed to find its way into our tote bag.

With over 350 surreal objects on display, it makes for a great October half-term outing.

Julia Colls 13 October 2022

Design Museum

Tickets: £16.50 adults, £8.35 child

14 October–19 February


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