Alice RawsthorN

A prominent design critic and journalist, Alice Rawsthorn began her career at the Financial Times where she worked as a foreign correspondent in Paris before becoming architecture and design critic in 2000. During her career at the FT, Rawsthorn became a member of the Design Council and a trustee of the Design Museum. Between 2001 and 2006, she was Director of the Design Museum before stepping down to writes on design in the international edition of The New York Times. 

Rawsthorn’s self-imposed criteria for the Conran Foundation Collection was to select objects that conformed to “the classic design criteria of looking beautiful and fulfilling its function”, and which showed how “lateral thinking had been applied to its design either in terms of the concept, the production process, or the way the product responded to changes in the way we live”. Her selection ranged from clothes pegs by Japanese manufacturer MUJI and plain Wedgwood china, to the Clipper CS-1, a mobile computer workstation and Microsoft’s Natural Keyboard, itself a product of three years’ research to find the best layout of computer keys. 


The following items from the collection have been donated to the Design Museum By the Conran Foundation


La Chaise (1948) - Charles and Ray Eames - Vitra, Germany 

Gello (1994) - Marc Newson - Trois Suisses, France 

Ply (1989) (production version) - Jasper Morrison - Vitra, Germany 

Ply (1989) (pre-production version) - Jasper Morrison - Vitra, Germany 

Mobil chest of drawers (1994) - Antonio Citterio & Glen Oliver Low - Kartell, Italy 

Tiramisu stepladder (1991) - Andries & Hiroko Van Onck - Kartell, Italy 

Clipper CS-1 (1994) - Douglas Ball & Jeff Sokalski - Newspace, USA 

Dome Kettle - Dualit, UK 

Fogal ‘In Action’ bodystocking - Fogal, UK

Fogal ‘Saint Trop’ pantyhose - Fogal, UK 

Sony MDRD77 headphones - Joe Wada - Sony, Japan 

Madeda - Manolo Blahnik - Manolo Blahnik, Italy 

Cylinda Line cocktail shaker and stirrer (1967) - Arne Jacobsen - Stelton, Denmark 

Cylinda Line ashtray (1967) - Arne Jacobsen - Stelton, Denmark 

Cylinda Line ice bucket (1967) - Arne Jacobsen - Stelton, Denmark 

Cylinda Line ice tongs (1967) - Arne Jacobsen - Stelton, Denmark 

Cylinda Line tray (1967) - Arne Jacobsen - Stelton, Denmark 

Salad servers (1957) - Arne Jacobsen - Georg Jensen, Denmark 

Cutlery (1957) - Arne Jacobsen - Georg Jensen, Denmark 

100-15 watering can - Peter Holmblad - Stelton, Denmark 

Comme des Garçons eau de parfum (1994) - Marc Buxton for Comme des Garçons - Comme des Garçons, France 

A.P.C agenda quintennial (1994) - M/MParis - A.P.C., France 

A.P.C. Sennelier Carnet (1994) - Jean Touitou - A.P.C., France 

Microsoft ‘Natural’ keyboard (1994) - Ziba Design - Microsoft, USA 

Pentax Photo t-shirt - Michael Dannroth - Sabotage, Germany 

Helmut Lang sleeveless t-shirt - Helmut Lang - Helmut Lang, Germany 

Helmut Lang sleeveless dress - Helmut Lang - Helmut Lang, Germany 

Helmut Lang top - Helmut Lang - Helmut Lang, Germany 

Mammut (1994) - Morten Kjelstrup & Allan Östgaard - IKEA, Sweden 

La Pavoni Europiccola (1961) - La Pavoni, Italy

Dyson DC02 vacuum cleaner (1994) - James Dyson - Dyson, UK 

Penguin Donkey (1939) - Egon Riss - Windmill Furniture, UK 

Slip no. 50 (1995) - Rei Kawakubo - Comme des Garçons, France 

Leigh teacup and saucer - Wedgwood, UK

Oasis ‘What's the Story Morning Glory’, (1995) - Brian Cannon - Creation Records, UK 

Gucci ‘G’ belt chain - Tom Ford - Gucci, Italy 

Lampshade no. 1 Lighting Fixture (1991) - Sebastian Bergne - Radius GmbH, Germany 

HSW501 vacuum flask - Kori Mano - Thermos Nippon, Japan 

Clothes pegs - MUJI, Japan 

Swivel potato peeler - Good Grips, UK 

Leatherman Supertool - Leatherman Tool Group, USA 

Jacket - Miuccia Prada - Prada, Italy 

Zeo TV (1994) - Philippe Starck - Thomson, France 

Scottie tissue packaging - Scottie, Japan 

House of Cards - Charles & Ray Eames - Ravensburger 

Maglite torch - Anthony Maglika - Mag Instruments, USA 

Neto paper scissors (1958) - Antonia Campi - Teunen & Teunen, Germany 

Evian crushable water bottles (1994) - Evian, France 

Veeders mailbox (1978) - Jonathan Magro - Veeders, USA 

Waste-paper bin 4751 (1989) - Angelo Cortesi & Franco Scansetti - Kartell, Italy 

Akari Light Sculpture UF4-L10 - Isamu Noguchi - Akari Associates, Japa 

Gyo-An Teahouse (c.1993) - Shigeru Uchida - Shigeru Uchida, Japan