Design Museum

Get a look inside the London Design Museum designed by John Pawson. 2.700 m2 of Dinesen Oak planks add to the architectural experience of the dramatic, yet elegant building, which is among the world’s leading museums of contemporary design and architecture.

Commercial — London
John Pawson


Oak Classic
Thickness 20-22 mm. Mixed widths 100-350 mm. Length 1.2-5.6 m 
Finish Light Oil and Lacquer


The new Design Museum is the result of an £83 million transformation of a listed landmark building from the 1960s and reflects most of Pawson’s characteristics with a palette of oak, stone and white paint. Straight lines and right angles are used as a continuous theme and the pleasant feeling inside the museum is enhanced by the wooden floors and the extraordinary stairway both made of Dinesen Oak, providing the surfaces with a warm glow and linear texture. The long and wide solid planks, which are Dinesen’s trademark, emanate calmness and simplicity. Combined with the natural elegance of the material, these qualities are entirely in keeping with the minimalist idiom for which John Pawson is world-famous.


The partnership with John Pawson through almost 25 years is highly valued by Dinesen, and both parts take a pride in cooperating to find the most optimal solution on every project whether it is concerning a public building or a private home. This can also be seen at the new design museum where oak planks are used in a wide range of widths and lengths in an effort to utilise every single oak tree as efficiently as possible.



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