Kenneth Grange: Making Modern Britain, at London’s Design Museum, celebrates the work of Britain’s leading product designer.
Responsible for designing some of the most iconic and familiar products and appliances that shape our daily lives, Grange’s prolific career spans over 50 years. Kodak cameras, the silhouette for the Intercity 125 train, Kenwood food mixers, Parker pens, and the re-design of the London black cab are just some of his well-known designs.
In 1972 Grange, together with Alan Fletcher, Theo Crosby, Colin Forbes and Mervyn Kurlansky established Pentagram, a world renowned multi-disciplinary design consultancy. More recently, in the 1990s, Grange has produced distinctive designs that have become part of our landscape, from the Adshel bus shelter in 1993 to the Rural Post box for Royal Mail in 1998. Today Grange continues to work with British companies including Anglepoise, furniture designer Hitch Mylius and fashion designer Margaret Howell.
This exhibition is Kenneth Grange’s first UK retrospective celebrating his work, design journey and the role he has played in making Britain modern. With unique access to the Grange archive, the exhibition includes over 150 products, prototypes, sketches as well as audio, photography and film. The exhibition runs from 20th July to 30th October.
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Just as an aside, the Kodak Instamatic 233, designed by Grange and pictured in the poster above, was a relative to the very first camera I owned as a child, an Instamatic 133.
Coquetier, from Italian designer Paolo Ulian, is a simple steel egg holder designed to be placed over an ordinary household plate, which serves to collect eggshell fragments or to hold your eggy soldiers.
Who says ‘white’ has to mean ‘cold’?
Beautiful interiors beautifully captured by photographer Ditte Isager.
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Thanks to ISO50 for the heads-up on MoMA’s stunning collection of Jakob Jensen designs for Bang & Olufsen from the 60′s and 70′s.
IDEA Dynamic Headphones were developed in collaboration with Ashidavox, one of Japan’s oldest audio companies. The minimal retro design is based on one of the company’s original headphones, the Ashidavox ST-90, but the internals have been reworked to provide better sound and comfort. Using Ashidavox’s sound technology, the headphones produce a sound which is well-balanced and true to the original source.
France is a collection of 30 dinner plates, designed by Albert Schrurs of Allegory, which combine to create a map of France showing the location of the country’s Michelin-starred restaurants.
Love the simplicity of Jump lamp in wood and ceramic, by Claude Saos.
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Pixelmöbel is a furniture project developed by Claude Saos, in collaboration with Thierry Boltz, in which furniture items are generated by the pixellisation of classic paintings of the same name.
Shown above is Still Life with Three Salmon Steaks in natural beech and lacquered wood, based on Goya’s Nature Morte avec Trois Tranches de Saumon.
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Naturally hand-dyed scarf from grijs.
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