Tradition and Modernity in the British Interior 1948-1972


Thursday 17 February 2011 - 14:30 until 15:30

The British interior underwent a dramatic shift in the Post-war period, moving away from the austerity of rationing and traditional styles in the1940s to the boom of consumerism and the appeal of a ‘pop’ lifestyle in the 1960s. This lecture will explore how designers such as Terence Conran, Robin and Lucienne Day, David Hicks, David Mellor, Sanderson and Robert Welsh responded to the demand by a growing middle class for modern furnishing, and negotiated the influences of European and American Modernism. The rise of ‘lifestyle’ publishing and retailing, typified by the success of interiors magazines and companies such as Habitat and Laura Ashley will also be examined.

Lecture by Ghislaine Wood

Venue information

Opening times

Daily, including bank holidays, 10am – 5pm Closed 24 – 26 Dec

Entry details

Tickets £10


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