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The Jewish Museum presents 'Designs on Britain' from19 October 2017 until 15 April 2018

Antiques News & Fairs - Designs on Britain

Tate & Lyle boxes, logo by FHK Henrion, credit: FHK Henrion Archive, University of Brighton Design Archives, by courtesy of the Henrion estate. The Tate & Lyle stencil mark is the property of Tate & Lyle PLC.

The Jewish Museum, based in busy and vibrant Camden Town, London, will be hosting a new exhibition this autumn, focusing on the contribution of Jewish artists and designers to contemporary Britain.

Organised in collaboration with the University of Brighton Design Archives, 'Designs on Britain' will look at the major contributions made by 20 Jewish émigré designers to C20th British design, in the genres of graphic design, product design and corporate branding.  It aims to reveals how much of iconic British design was produced by immigrants to this country.

These pioneering designers from continental Europe brought with them a strong knowledge of European modernism, subsequently influencing and radically transforming methods, practices and language conveyed through British design of the time.

Antiques News & Fairs - Designs on Britain

An entertainment card first designed by Dorrit Dekk in mid-1962 and here utilised for cruise 809 on board CANBERRA in 1978, © P&O Heritage Collection

The exhibition will feature designers such as Dorrit Dekk, FHK Henrion and Hans Schleger, and highlights include:

·         Raleigh’s ‘Chopper’ bike and the Marble Run toy, both designed by Tom Karen

·         London Transport Bus stop sign by Hans Schleger

·         Classic posters for London Underground, the General Post Office and the War Office.

The exhibition will be broken down into themed sections, including travel, war-time, publishing, corporate identity, toys, vehicles and the 1951 Festival of Britain, and will feature iconic designs created for British organisations such as London Transport, British Rail, John Lewis, Penguin Books, Tate & Lyle and Schweppes.

Antiques News & Fairs - Designs on Britain

Walk When You Can poster, designed by Jan Le Witt and George Him, credit: Commons Wikipedia

Abigail Morris, Director of the Jewish Museum, said: “This exhibition celebrates the vital role that generations of immigrants have played in creating the diverse culture and creative economy that we enjoy today. It’s fascinating that these fabulous designs, which we think of as intrinsically British, were created by immigrants to the UK. I look forward to welcoming our visitors to see this wonderful exhibition.”

Designs on Britain will take place from 19 October 2017 until 15 April 2018 at the Jewish Museum in London. For more information, visit The Jewish Museum.

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