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Objects representing life in 2012 buried under capital's Design Museum

Objects that will be placed into a time capsule which will be buried in the foundations of the new building for the Design Museum.
Objects that will be placed into a time capsule which will be buried in the foundations of the new building for the Design Museum. Credit: PA

An iPhone, Olympic torch and a tin of sardines were among the design gems picked to represent life in 2012 in a time capsule buried under the new Design Museum.

The capsule, marked not to be opened until 2112, commemorates the beginning of building work at the site at the former Commonwealth Institute on Kensington High Street, west London.

London mayor Boris Johnson, architect Sir Norman Foster and designer Sir Paul Smith were among those invited to nominate an object to be put into the capsule. Items also included a 2012 bottle of Burgundy, a 2p stamp, an image of Battersea Power Station and a European Union flag.

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