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Christmas Gazelles?

Nicola Stylianou explains how the audit answered questions about an unusual design in the Silver Studio collection.

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New Book about Wallpaper

Wallpaper has been the backdrop to our homes for hundreds of years Wallpaper can make a home feel modern or traditional, and is one of the easiest ways to express personal taste.  It has also had an important part to play in British homes, reflecting technological, economic and social change. Whether or not you have wallpaper […]

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Cecilia Hughes: Katagami Stencils

Staring at the stencil, layers of a mind-warping visual unfold. The katagami cutout, housed in the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (MODA), at first glance seems an abstract optical illusion, its two-toned linear patterns almost moving on the surface. On closer observation, individual sparrows, each unique, emerge from the background. This Japanese stencil dates […]

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Anders Myrset: Banknotes from a desperate period

Three banknotes.  Three snippets of paper.  Three different prints, but with a single purpose: exchanging goods.  A form of unofficial currency produced in Weimar Germany in response to the hyperinflation of the 1920s. A collection of sixty German bank notes, or ‘notgeld’, from that troubled era are held by Middlesex University’s MoDA (Museum of Domestic […]

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