Design Research Unit: 1942-1972

Tate St Ives

5 February – 2 May 2011

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This exhibition is the first of its kind, mapping the history of the group, from its formation in 1972, and the currency of their designs.

Model for a Jowett car designed by Naum Gabo

Herbert Read, the poet and art critic, was the unit's initial guide. The Design Research Unit was founded by the advertiser Marcus Brumwell with designers Misha Black and Milner Gray. Following Read's essay, Art and Industry (1934) and the ideas of International Constructivism the group planned to combine both sensitivity and an awareness of the potential new materials offered, bringing 'artists and designers into productive relation with scientists and technologists.'The exhibition covers more than four decades of the important work of this, one of the first corporate design schemes in Britain.The Design Research Unit became part of the architectural practice, Scott Brownrigg in 2004 and this exhibition and forthcoming publication is realised with their generous support.

Venue information

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)