Exhibition: British Design 1948-2012

Festival of Britain Poster

Festival of Britain poster by Abram Games, 1951

I probably should have posted this a while ago considering that the exhibition opened at the end of March, but with all the wedding planning I had on, I have got slightly behind with my schedule. However, as the exhibition runs until August 12th I thought it was well worth posting.

BRITISH DESIGN 1948–2012: Innovation in the Modern Age is taking place at the V&A Museum in London and traces the changes that have taken place in British Design between 1948, when London first hosted the Olympic Games, and 2012 when Britain welcomes the Olympics once more.

Anarchy in the UK T-shirt, by Vivienne Westwood & Malcolm McLaren

Anarchy in the UK T-shirt, by Vivienne Westwood & Malcolm McLaren, 1977-8, worn and altered by Johnny Rotten.

The exhibition examines the shifting nature of British Design over sixty years by exploring buildings, objects, images and ideas produced by designers and artists born, trained or based in Britain. Three galleries respectively explore the tension between tradition and modernity; the subversive impulse in British culture; and Britain’s leadership in design innovation and creativity.

Brownie Vecta camera, by Kenneth Grange for Kodak, 1964.

Brownie Vecta camera, by Kenneth Grange for Kodak, 1964.

The exhibition reveals how British designers have responded to economic, political and cultural forces that have fundamentally shaped how we live today. Over the last half century, British designers have stood at the forefront of change. In doing so they have created some of the most inventive and striking objects, technologies and buildings of the modern world.

Here is a link to a little video from the opening of the exhibition that features Sir Paul Smith, Stephen Bayley and Wendy Dagworthy who give their thoughts on what British design means to them.

British Design: 1948-2012: The Private View

I’m hoping to get to the exhibition in the coming weeks, but if any of you have already been please do leave me a comment to let me know what you thought. I’d love to hear your feedback.

2 Responses to Exhibition: British Design 1948-2012
  1. Prince Cavallo Reply

    Hello Stacey, I went to the exhibition about two weeks ago – the range of items on display is quite impressive, but I felt a little let down by the lack of depth or analysis. I guess they’re trying to appleal to as wide an audience as possible in this olympic year…!

    • staceysheppard Reply

      Thanks for your feedback, great to hear what people think of these things!

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