Many of our designs are for wallpapers and textiles and were created by the Silver Studio. They were sold to manufacturers around the country between 1880 and the early 1960s. These designs are in a variety of media, including pencil, inks, charcoal, pastels and gouaches.
We also have designs for textiles and wallpapers by other people including Enid Marx, and architectural designs by JM Richards made while he was a student at the Architectural Association School of Architecture.
How have people used the design collections?
Textile designer James Francis Millar talks about finding inspiration in the Silver Studio Collection [Video].
We hear from Sarah Kadrnka, Middlesex University Illustration student, who was inspired by designs from the Silver Studio Collection [Video].
Sofia Picciuto, Illustration student at Middlesex University, was inspired by a nursery rhyme [Video].
A few book cover designs from the Silver Studio Collection
MoDA's Preventative Conservation Officer, Emma Shaw, shares her knowledge of tracing papers
In 2006 a grant from the MLA enabled us to re-house some original Silver Studio designs for wallpaper, dating from the 1880s and 1890s.