Designers let loose on London

Last night we attended the opening of Super Contemporary, a fun new show in conjunction with Beefeater 24 Gin at the Design Museum. Terence Conran, Tom Dixon and Ron Arad, in his trademark Bill And Ben felt hat, turned up to check out the efforts of David Adjaye, Neville Brody, Zaha Hadid and others to provide innovative ideas for the capital (Paul Smith's bunny bin has already caused the Americans a few furrowed brows).

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The riverside museum was bursting with boys in adventurous glasses and girls with asymmetric haircuts enjoying the early summer sunshine, quite a few of whom dispensed with private view protocol by actually looking at the works on display (for shame!). From what we saw through the crush, Thomas Heatherwick's bouquet of street lamps was a beautiful, and quite viable, suggestion, while Horatio's Garden - a proposal put forward by El Ultimo Grito with Urban Salon, for a Tellytubby-worthy park suspended over Trafalgar Square - looked like a hoot, but didn't show any obvious plans for how visitors would get in/up or out/down.

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We were big fans of Paul Cocksedge's "Rain It In", a personal anti-rain force field that promises to do away with another of the greatest inventions of all time, the umbrella. As for Nigel Coates' "Batterseum", aka "Battersea Gods Home" (dya see what he did there?) it looked a bit like he'd stuck some minarets and Beanie Babies on top of a model of the defunct power station - but in all honesty we couldn't get close enough to read the label. You'd be well advised to judge for yourself.

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Design Museum and Beefeater present Super Contemporary from today until 4 October at the Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1, www.designmuseum.org