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Adopt an object to fund the Design Museum's relocation

Kyra Hanson

A 1940s Vespa, a 1960s Valentine typewriter and an Apple iMac computer from the 1990s are just some of the objects you can adopt in a new scheme launched by the Design Museum, in order to fund the museum's relocation from its old site in a former banana-ripening warehouse to a space triple the size on Kensington High Street.

In return for your £5 donation, you'll receive one of 12 personalised thank you films following the object's journey from Shad Thames to Kensington. Expect to see a pair of Louboutin heels taking a trip down an escalator and a 1986 Dyson vacuum cleaner crossing the road, depending on your object of choice.

You'll also receive annual updates on your object – because, well, the life of a Louboutin heel is a life lived on the edge. If it's recognition you're after, donors will also get their name displayed on the museum’s website.

It is hoped that the campaign will raise £200,000 of the £1 million needed to cover construction costs. Once rehoused, the collection will then be free to visit – but if you can't wait till the museum's opening date on November 24, the museum will pop-up in various locations around London.

Check out some of the objects below and find out more here.

They don't make them like this anymore: An iMac from the 1990s
A Valentine typewriter from 1969
Heels designed by Christian Louboutin

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