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Prototyping social design research

ProtoPublics Sprint Workshop, Lancaster, 16-17 April 2015.

ProtoPublics Sprint Workshop, Lancaster, 16-17 April 2015. ‘Agile’, ‘creative’ and ‘participatory’ are not words usually associated with (what is sometimes perceived to be) the slow and exclusive world of academic research. But on 16-17 April, a group of 45 researchers from the arts and humanities got together in Lancaster to explore, test and push these boundaries at […]

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Manners of Building: Architectural Style in England, 1550-1750

Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire, photograph by Mike Harris. CC-BY-SA-2.0

by Melissa Evans, MA candidate, V&A/RCA History of Design Some clichés are ubiquitous. Take ‘Home is where the heart is’ – it’s one of those sayings where, once you start to look, you find it everywhere: from cushions, plates and plaques in gift shops, to sachets of lavender, embroidered samplers and biscuit tins.  These objects, […]

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Out On Display #2: Eileen Gray, Avant-Garde Designer

Eileen Gray screen

Screen Eileen Gray France (Paris), wood with lacquer, c.1928 W.40-1977 On display in room 135   Born into an aristocratic Irish family, the designer and architect Eileen Gray (1878-1976) lived an unconventional life compared to most women of her time and class. Initially training as a paintre, it was Gray’s visit to the Paris Exposition […]

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Beyond natural beauty, bounty and national boundaries: actualising the debate on the “Brazilian Contemporary” in art, architecture and design

Plan for the Horticultural Society for the 1862 International Exhibition, 52:227. Victoria and Albert Museu, London

By Livia Rezende, Tutor in History of Design, Victoria and Albert Museum / Royal College of Art   Brazilians have been coming to South Kensington to show and debate art and design since at least 1862. For the International Exhibition taking place that year at the Royal Horticultural Society (today the Natural History and the […]

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