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Thirtiestyle: Home decoration and furnishings from the 1930s

One of MoDA’s best-selling publications is Thirtiestyle: Home decoration and furnishings from the 1930s. Thirtiestyle is a fascinating and colourful guide to all aspects of decoration and design in the 1930s home. It is a compendium of contemporary illustrations and photographs, and it the shows the choices available to consumers during this period. Author Katie […]

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Charles Hasler Sends his Greetings

Charles Hasler Sends His Greetings is now available to order from MoDA’s online shop Charles Hasler Sends His Greetings is a taster of the many wonderful things contained in MoDA’s Charles Hasler collection.  The book’s author Jane Audas delves into the collection to highlight fifty rare and unusual items from Victoriana to mid-century modern. Hasler (1908-1989) […]

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MoDA Products

MoDA has partnered with the Mary Evans Picture Library to offer a range of MoDA designs for reproduction prints and gifts. A range of products featuring MoDA designs are available to order online here. Customise your mug, t-shirt or mobile phone cover with your favourite design.  We would love to see what you choose – […]

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The Highwayman in the Front Room

Most museums have acquisition policies to define what they consider suitable donations (the Natural History Museum are unlikely to accept a Vivian Westwood ballgown but they might suggest the prospective donor try their neighbour, the V&A). At MoDA we are interested in objects related to the history of domestic design and architecture, which are in good […]

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My Home magazine: a new acquisition

Mondays can be tough for some, so we thought we’d help ease you into the week by introducing the newest addition to MoDA’s collection: A magazine series called My Home which makes for a fantastic and distractingly good read. My Home is a typical woman’s consumer magazine of the period with articles on cooking, household management, beauty, fashion and the […]

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Knitting Revolution

According to the word on the street, there is a revolution afoot. Aided by social media sites, guerrila tactics (yarn bombing) and organised metropolitan gatherings, the twenty-first century knitting revolution continues advancing to the rhythm of clicking sticks winding through fancy new cashmere/alpaca/bamboo/kitten blended yarn. The Guardian foretold the rise of the knitter nearly a decade ago whilst […]

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I-spy international Silver Studio textiles

Most of the items belonging to the Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture are part of the Silver Studio Collection. The Silver Studio was a design studio which operated between 1880 and the early 1960s, designing textiles and wallpapers for manufacturers and retailers around the world. These were mass-produced products, so you might think that many examples […]

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Birmingham Peels Back Time

One of the many researchers who have visited MoDA’s Study Room recently was Husnara Bibi, who works for the National Trust in Birmingham. Husnara was researching machine-made wallpapers in her quest to find out more about the decoration of Birmingham’s ‘Back to Back’ houses, recently acquired by the National Trust.  Layers of wallpaper can provide […]

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