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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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‘Some Japanese Flowers’ by Kazumasa Ogawa

Today we’re taking a closing look at three rare, intact, bound volumes of  Kazumasa Ogowa‘s collotypes which are part of MoDA’s Silver Studio Collection. MoDA holds three volumes: Lilies of Japan (1893); Chrysanthemums of Japan (1893) and Some Japanese Flowers (1894) All of the Ogowa volumes were sewn in the Japanese style for the European […]

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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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Picture Post Puzzle

Assistant Curator Louisa Knight finds an intriguing puzzle in the Charles Hasler Collection. She explains in her own words. Auditing is an every-day sort of activity in the life of a museum worker. It involves sifting through objects, ticking off numbers and making sure everything is where it’s supposed to be. The other week I was […]

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Butterflies in books

The other week, we were looking through Beautiful Butterflies of the Tropics by Arthur Twidle, when we came across something rather unexpected. Between the pages, and alongside some of Twidle’s colour illustrations of action-packed butterfly catching, we found a beautifully preserved real life butterfly with iridescent wings, on a padded board beside a pressed fern. We make an effort […]

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