Apple's iPod has been named as an icon of the last 25 years of product design by no less an institution than the Design Museum.

The 2001 version of the media player has been included within an exhibition of landmark product designs from across the last quarter century by the museum.

The exhibition – 25/25 – celebrates the museum's own 25 year history. Originally house in the basement at the V&A, the museum was established by Terence Conran in 1981.

For the exhibition, museum curators invited 25 designers to select 25 objects they saw as representing: "The best, or the most characteristic design of the period".

Product nominations came from a collection of some of the world's top design talent: Maarten Baas, Mario Bellini, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Terence Conran, Matali Crasset, Ilse Crawford, James Dyson, Stefano Giovannoni, Konstantin Grcic, Gitta Gschwendtner, Martì Guixé, Jaime Hayon, Sam Hecht, John Hegarty, Gill Hicks, Matthew Hilton, James Irvine, John Maeda, David Mellor, John Pawson, Dieter Rams, Richard and Ab Rogers, Richard Seymour and Dick Powell, Paul Smith and Deyan Sudjic.

The exhibition runs between 29 March to 22 June 2007.