Human cranium signed by the cast of ‘Hamlet’ from the acclaimed Royal Court Theatre production, 1980 (signed). Museum no. S.151-2007 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Object Pitch Day 7 – 19 November 2014

Object Pitch Day 7 began with a high-speed intro from Bill Sherman – by this point we were well drilled in what was going to happen – as we settled down for a packed programme of five pitches that stretched right back to the ancient world and dealt with object types including furniture, embroidery and […]

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The Rejected Divorce Gift & The Egyptian Pharaoh

To return to Napoleon’s marital affairs, today I’d like to introduce a great example of French porcelain from the Empire Period, that was part of a divorce gift rejected by Empress Josephine. This dinner plate will feature in a display demonstrating how Napoleon made the decorative and fine arts central to his new image and how […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the day No.38

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the day No.38 Arrrrrrr you salty sea dogs, here’s one for you…Actually does anyone know why lots of sex shops are called ‘Pirate’? Walthamstow ©Barnaby Barford 2014  

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Inside the Savage Beauty exhibition

How to get your Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty ticket

Worried that you don’t have a chance of seeing Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty? Heard rumours of sold out tickets? Never fear, just follow our handy guide for buying and you’ll soon have your ticket to the hottest exhibition in town. Buy online While many of the early dates have sold out online, do not despair. […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the day No.38

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the day No.38 So Tracey Emin’s Bed is going back to Tate Britain today. In celebration I bring you an equally iconic bed stalwart from South London. Perhaps hers even originates from here! ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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Gaby Schreiber Industrial/Interior Designer (1916-1991).

Photographer: Bee & Watson, 1948.

Design Council Archive, University of Brighton Design Archives.

Fashioning Professionals: Reflections on a Symposium

  .   Photo: Gaby Schreiber Industrial/Interior Designer (1916-1991), Photographer: Bee & Watson, 1948, Design Council Archive, University of Brighton Design Archives.  What does it mean to be seen and represented as a ‘creative professional’? This was the question we set out to address on Friday 27th March at a symposium hosted by the V&A Research Department […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.37

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.37 Queensway today. In the age of litigation and fierce brand protection a bold move by this shoe shop.   ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the day No.36

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the day No.36 Carrying on with the Sunday theme. Celestial dry cleaning in Camden. ©Barnaby Barford 2014  

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the day No.35

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the day No.35 The reason I went to Rotherhithe! Keeping ‪demin on denim alive ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.34

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.34 Peckham crew, this is for you. Great name, great font, I think this’ll be much sought after…   ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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