NEW YORK, NY, OCTOBER 12, 2011 – Calvin Klein, Inc. announced today that Calvin Klein Collection will hold an exclusive dinner in collaboration with Design Museum, London on Thursday, October 13th, during the 8th annual Frieze Art Fair.


Commonwealth Institute in 2005 - Future Home of The Design Museum London

British designer, John Pawson, will serve as the host for the evening, along with the Design Museum’s Director, Deyan Sudjic, and Calvin Klein Collection’s Creative Directors, Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli.

The invitation-only event will be staged in the Design Museum’s future home, the former Commonwealth Institute in London’s Kensington district. Mr. Pawson – who has been commissioned to design the interior of the new museum – will transform the space for the night and create an immersive experience for guests, providing a preview of the future site.

The event will also showcase pieces from the Design Museum’s collection, which will be featured in a special series of displays.

Said Mr. Sudjic, “The museum is delighted to be working with the Calvin Klein team on this special event. It gives us a great chance to showcase our plans to bring this remarkable building back to life.”

“The Design Museum, in its new home at the Commonwealth Institute, will be the most important new museum to open in London this decade. Collaborating with John Pawson on an aesthetic glimpse into the future of this building has been a privilege. His overall aesthetic epitomizes the Calvin Klein design ethos,” said Malcolm Carfrae, Executive Vice President, Global Communications, Calvin Klein, Inc.

Scheduled to open in 2014, the new Design Museum will have three times the amount of space than its current location in Shad Thames – providing more space to show its world-class collection and realize its ambition to become the world’s leading museum in its field. This will be the last event held on the grounds prior to the much-anticipated opening in 2014.

The iconic 1960s Commonwealth Institute building has been at risk since 2001. Mr. Pawson will convert the interior, while the surrounding development will be the vision of Dutch architect, Rem Koolhaas, with landscaping by West 8. The design team has been assisted by Lord Cunliffe, a leading member of the original architectural team for the Commonwealth Institute in 1958, and by James Sutherland, the building’s original structural engineer.

The Design Museum, currently based in Shad Thames by Tower Bridge, is one of the world’s leading museums devoted to contemporary design in every form from furniture, fashion and graphics to architecture and industrial design.

The museum works towards everyone understanding the value of design and it is scheduled to move to a new home in west London in 2014. The dramatic new space will enable the museum to become the most inspiring, exciting and engaging design museum in the world.

The current Design Museum London (2010)

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