Design Museum adds Space Invaders, The Face and the AK-47 to its collection of iconic designs

The Design Museum has added 13 objects to its collection of iconic designs. They include a The Face magazine, the Space Invaders arcade machine,  Sony Walkman, and Margaret Calvert and Jock Kinnear's motorway signage system. Controversially, the addition also includes the Kalashnikov AK-47 rifle, which is undoubtable iconic, but also resposible for tens of thousands of deaths worldwide every year.

The museum notes that its acquisiution of the Sony Walkman "marks its journey into obsolescence". Nevertheless, they note, the term ‘walkman’ is preserved in the language, listed in the Oxford English Dictionary as a description for any cassette player.

In a release, the Design Museum says that it is "developing its Collection ahead of its relocation to new premises at the former Commonwealth Institute, Kensington in 2014. This new Design Museum with interiors designed by John Pawson will be three times the size of its current home and will create a showcase for its world-class collection, and greatly expand its education and public events programme. The new Design Museum will be a platform for promoting design as a national asset, and supporting the next generation of creative talent."

Here's the full list:

Kalashnikov AK-47 rifle, designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov. Model shown by unknown manufacturer, 1945-1946 China.

Regency TR-1 portable radio. Designed by Industrial Development Engineering Associates for Texas Instruments, 1954 US.

M1 motorway sign, designed by Margaret Calvert and Jock Kinnear for the UK Government, 1960 UK.

Valentine typewriter. Designed by Ettore Sottsass for Olivetti, 1969 Italy.

Tripp Trapp children's chair, designed by Peter Opsvik for Stokke, 1972 Norway.

Space Invaders arcade machine, designed by Tomohiro Nishikado. c.1978 Taito, Japan.

Sony TPS L2 Walkman portable cassette player, designed by Nobutoshi Kihara for Sony, 1979 Japan.

The Face Magazine, 1980-2004 UK.

Sony D50 MKii Discman portable CD player, 1984 Japan.

MZ1 Sony Mini Disc recorder, 1992 Japan.

3D Mouse Novint Falcon by Novint Technologies, 2006 US.

Kindle 3 electronic book reader by Amazon, 2007 US

Ipogeo Lamp, desined by Joe Wentworth for Artemide, 2009 Italy.

Elsewhere on IDG sites

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