#Pamphlets&Posters Category

Deborah Sugg Ryan: the age of affordable suburbia

Deborah Sugg Ryan has drawn extensively on MoDA’s holdings for her new book Ideal Homes 1918-39: Domestic design and suburban modernism, which will be published by Manchester University Press in March 2018. In this extract from the book she discusses the home of Ronald and Miriam Kingham, which is documented in MoDA’s collection. Ronald and […]

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Loan: ‘1950s Design & Aspiration’ at Compton Verney (2016)

In 2016 we lent seven items to an exhibition at Compton Verney in Warwickshire.  These included two photographs of interiors of the period, a swatch of contemporary paint colours, and several trade catalogues of furnishings and interior design. The exhibition explored the ways in which 1950s consumers were sold an aspirational lifestyle after the deprivations […]

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Ellen Martin: The Value of the Everyday

The following piece is by Ellen Martin, who recently completed an MA in Design and Material Culture at Brighton University. Last year I completed my MA in History of Design and Material Culture at the University of Brighton – and the wonderful collections at the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (MoDA) were crucial to […]

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Object Focus: Graphic design meets furniture design

Today we’re taking a closer look at the graphic design of this 1962 furniture catalogue by Finmar. Finmar was a wholesaler and major importer of Scandinavian furniture to the UK.  It was founded in 1934 by design reformer Philip Morton Shand. The graphic design of the catalogue mirrors the clean lines, organic forms and a […]

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