Last chance to see British Design 1948-2012: Innovation In The Modern Age at the V&A

Yikes where is the time going? Just remembered to post these pics of the BRITISH DESIGN 1948-2012: INNOVATION IN THE MODERN AGE exhibition at the V&A which finishes on August 12th. What I’m finding about a lot of these 20th century design exhibitions is that certain exhibits always appear (hello Vivienne Westwood punk relics and Peter Saville record sleeves). I’m not complaining, it’s just an observation that when you’ve lived and experienced something first hand, you have a certain familiarity of it already. Must be getting old.

For that reason I was most interested in learning about the post-war period where the exhibition explores the tension between tradition and modernity. I love the coexistence of ultra modern design (Peter Murdoch’s self-assembly paper chair, sold for less that £1) alongside traditional Colefax & Fowler and Laura Ashley’s popular florals …

Peter Murdoch self-assembly paper chair 1968

Max Clendinning furniture, 1965

Zandra Rhodes fabric

Laura Ashley 1972

Carol McNicoll’s 1972 ceramic cushion dish and bowl using Zandra Rhodes prints (I saw these at Zandra Rhodes’ house a few months ago too!)

Terry De Havilland

Westwood punk

Happy to see this David David illustration and chair. The chair can be ordered from the V&A shop

The exhibition finishes next Sunday and if you go on a sunny day, don’t miss the chance to bask in the John Madejski garden – a lovely bit of secret London

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