A new permanent collection at London's Design Museum has been created to reveal intriguing stories behind some of the most everyday objects.
Extraordinary Stories About Ordinary Things includes much-loved and iconic designs, including the Dyson vacuum cleaner and the Apple iMac.
Some of the exhibits - such as the phone box, the post box and the London 2012 logo - explore national identity. Others reveal the surprising origins of well-known designs, such as the Anglepoise lamp, created by a car engineer who had an obsession with springs.
Extraordinary Stories About Ordinary Things will be showing at the Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD, 10.00-17.45 daily, T: 0870 833 9955, www.designmuseum.org