BRITISH DESIGN 1948-2012

by Miryam Muller in ,


To coincide with the London Olympic Games in 2012 the V&A will stage two major exhibition on British Post-war Art and Design. The games offer a unique opportunity to celebrate the best of British design and this authoritative show will document the transformation of design in Britain between the post-war ‘Austerity Games’ of 1948 and the global competition taking place in 2012.

“British Design 1948 to 2012,” will be opening March 31th at the Victoria and Albert Museum, charts artistic upticks after the war, during the oil crisis in the ’70s and after the recession in the ’80s, when the “creative salvage” movement spurred the careers of designers like Tom Dixon. “Designing Women,” at the Fashion and Textile Museum, which opened March 16, focuses on the midcentury modern textile designs of Lucienne Day, Jacqueline Groag and Marian Mahler, and plays up a heroic moment of British ingenuity: three women inspired by the Bauhaus and the Secessionists rejected the chintzes and florals of the ’30s and ’40s and helped democratize modernism.