The Museum was founded in 2012 and is the first cultural institution in Russia specifically dedicated to design. The museum’s founders see their main objectives to be the popularization of national design at home and abroad, the collection and preservation of Russia’s design heritage and the introduction of Russian viewers to the best examples and main schools of international design.


So far, the museum has successfully organized exhibition projects in some of the most prominent spaces in Russia, including the Central Exhibition Hall “Manege” and the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. The museum’s team has also organized international projects such as “Soviet Design, 1950-1980’s” exhibition at Design Week in Beijing (2013) and in Kunsthal Rotterdam (2015). In 2016 the museum’s exhibition “Discovering Utopia: Lost Archives of Soviet Design” took part in the first London Biennale of Design (Somerset House, London) and was awarded the medal of the Biennale for the best response to the topic.


To further the goal of education and promotion of design the Museum is creating a series of documentary films for TV Channel “Culture”, including “Holland – territory of design”, “Design for everyone. Sweden”, “British Design. Traditions and innovations”, “Great Danish Designers”, “History of Russian design”.


The museum puts much effort into educational activities engaging leading European and Russian designers and design historians such as Cristopher Pearson (UK), Davide Quayola (UK), Daniel Widrig (UK), Cecilia Hertz (Sweden), Ewa Kumlin (Sweden), Richard Hutten (the Netherlands), Renny Remakers (the Netherlands), Igor Zaitsev (Russia), Alexander Lavrentiev (Russia),  Dmitri Oktiabrski (Russia), Vladimir Runge (Russia).


The museum focuses on the use of the latest information technologies and non-typical museological exhibiting strategies such as, for example, a mobile exhibition hall situated in a multimedia equipped bus.



Museum’s main exhibition projects:


“Soviet Design, 1950-1980’s” (CEH “Manege”, 2012-2013)
“Packaging Design. Made in Russia” (CEH “Manege”, 2013)
“Common Objects: Soviet and Chinese Design 1950-80’s” (Design Week, Beijing, 2013)
“New Luxuries: Less+More in an Age of Austerity” (CEH “Manege”, 2013-2014)
“Sportcult” (“Proun” gallery, 2014)
“British Design: from William Morris to the Digital Revolution” (Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, 2014)
“Russia. Bread. Salt” (Russian pavilion at EXPO 2015, Milan)
“Technical Aesthetics” (INNOPROM, Ekaterinburg, 2015)
“Red Wealth. Sovjet Design 1950-1980” (Kunsthal Rotterdam, 2015-2016)
“The History of the Soviet Cinema in Movie Posters” (co-organizer, CEH “Manege”, 2016)
“Russia. Bread. Salt” (Sheremetyevo International Airport, Terminal E, 2016)
“Discovering Utopia: Lost Archives of Soviet Design” (Somerset House, London, 2016)

“Moscow Thaw: 1953-1968” (co-organizer, The Museum of Moscow, 2017)

“The Thaw: Looking to the Future” (co-organizer, The State Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val, Moscow, 2017)

Moscow Design Biennale 2017

“The Legends of Danish Design” (The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, 2017)

“Soviet Design 1950-1980” (ZARYA Centre for Contemporary Art, Vladivostok, 2017)

“Into The Unknown: a Journey Through Science Fiction” (co-organizer, The Barbican Centre, London, 2017)

“The Paper Revolution” (ADAM - Brussels Design Museum, Belgium, 2017)

“New Olds. Classics and Innovations in Design” (co-organizer, Decorative Art Museum, Moscow, 2017)

“Russian Design History 1917-2017” (#ARTLAB, Tobolsk, 2017)

“33 Beginnings - 100 Years of Finnish Design” (Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, 2017)

“The Paper Revolution” (Bröhan-Museum, Berlin, 2018)

“Design System in the USSR” (Decorative Art Museum, Moscow, 2018)

“Consumer Dream” (co-organizers, Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center, Ekaterinburg, 2018)

“Soviet Design. Red Wealth” (ADAM - Brussels Design Museum, Belgium, 2018)

“Impossible Is Inevitable” (co-organizer, The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, Moscow, 2018)

“History of Russian Design 1917-2017” (Nizhny Novgorod, 2018)