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March 16, 2014

Paul Smith Exhibition.

Design Museum, London.

After hearing great things about the Paul Smith exhibition at the Design Museum, London I knew I just had to go. During my university research trip to London to look at the more urban and less polished side of the capitol. Particularly looking at Shoreditch & Hoxton. I took the time to travel to the centre of London, across Tower Bridge and to the design museum. The area it is located in to be quite frank is beautiful! After leaving the main road and descending down the stairs you are faced by a quaint little back alley, full of shops and suspended walk ways running down the back of the Thames waterfront.

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After walking through this lovely part of London and along the Thames we finally arrived outside the very modern Design Museum, it stands out against the architecture surrounding it and makes a very prominent point, that design is everywhere. All styles and all variations. The iconic pink shade used by Paul Smith dominated the front of the building, introducing the exhibition and him. ‘Hello, my name is Paul Smith’.

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Upon entering the museum and buying a ticket, you proceed up the stairs to the first floor, greeted by a big ‘HELLO’ painted across the walls and angling onto the ceiling, before you proceed into a 3ft x 3ft box which resembles Paul’s first store. Designed like an initial architectural model out of white board to show the layout and size to scale. It is rather astounding that such a global brand started off as small as it did, but I guess that’s where everyone starts.

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Now anyone who knows me and has been in or seen a photograph of my bedroom at home would understand why I love this gallery space so much. Photo frames EVERYWHERE! Unlike my 38-photo frame attempt at home, over 200 photographs showing designs, Paul himself and images spanning his entire career all in one room, genuinely wondering to behold. Maybe a project to consider for the future. Life through image?

From here i’m going to have to apologise for the quality of some of the images, my SLR died and I had to revert to the camera on my iPhone 5, Sorry!

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After hearing a talk by Jonathan Barnbrook last year and knowing he was behind the design for David Bowies ‘One Day’, I was surprised to see the album in the Paul Smith Exhibition, not knowing that he collaborated with Barnbrook to create this special edition vinyl release of the album.

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After watching the documentary film (narrated by himself) that was showing in the last show room, describing Paul’s process from design to runway which was wonderful to see how invested and in the midst he still is all these years later. You exit through the curtain to see this, a huge post-it note about a 1ft square. The message displayed ‘Everyday is a new beginning’ I feel is something that everyone can relate too. That in every job, degree, GCSE etc… No matter what level you are at everyone will have bad days and frustrating design days in my case, you just hit ‘the wall’, the trick is just to know that tomorrow is a new day with new challenges and a new chance for inspiration.

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