I was fortunate enough to visit the Designer, Maker, User Exhibition at the Design Museum in London recently. The exhibition is an introduction to the history of contemporary design through three interconnected roles - the Designer, the User and the Maker. There are examples from a broad range of design fields including Product Design, Type, Interiors, Industrial and Fashion Design and as such I found it tremendously interesting and thought provoking.
I'd recommend the exhibition and the Design Museum is well worth a visit. It's located on Kensington High Street at the entrance to Holland Park. There's a brilliant gift shop there and the venue has other great exhibitions on all the time.