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British Design: Tradition and Modernity after 1948

British Design: Tradition and Modernity after 1948

by Christopher Breward

Christopher Breward is Professor of Cultural History at the University of Edinburgh, where he also holds the positions of Principal of Edinburgh College of Art and Vice Principal of the University (Creative Arts). He was trained at the Courtauld Institute of Art (BA) and the Royal College of Art (MA, PhD), London, and has subsequently taught at Manchester Metropolitan University, the Royal College of Art, and London College of Fashion. Before taking up his post at Edinburgh, he was Head of Research at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Christopher has published widely on the history and theory of fashion and its relationship to masculinities and urban cultures. Key publications include “The Culture of Fashion” (MUP 1995), “The Hidden Consumer” (MUP 1999), “Fashion” (OUP 2003), and “Fashioning London” (Berg 2004). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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, Fiona Fisher

Fiona Fisher is a researcher in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Kingston University, UK, where she is a member of the Modern Interiors Research Centre. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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and Ghislaine Wood

Ghislaine Wood is a curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2015
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781474256209
  • ISBN:
    978-0-8578-5712-5 (hardback)

    978-1-4725-0537-8 (paperback)

    978-1-4742-5621-6 (epdf)

    978-1-4742-5622-3 (epub)

    978-1-4742-5620-9 (online)
  • Edition:
    First edition
  • Place of Publication:
    London
  • Published Online:
    2017
British Design: Tradition and Modernity after 1948
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British Design brings together leading international scholars, designers and journalists to provide new perspectives on British design in the last sixty years, and how it at once looked back to the past with the continuation of traditions that spoke to Britain's design heritage, and looked forwards with the embrace of modernist and postmodernist style. The book responds to and develops new ways of understanding the recent history of design in Britain, with case studies on designed spaces and objects, including domestic interiors, retail spaces, schools and university buildings and transport.

The contributors address significant moments and phenomena in the historical and social history of British design, from the rise and fall of the English Country House style and the Brutalist architectural boom of the 1960s to the modern shopping space, and consider the work of key contemporary designers ranging from Tommy Roberts to Thomas Heatherwick. British Design provides new criticism and analysis on how design, from the immediate post-war period to the present day, has developed and changed how we live and how we interact with the spaces in which we live.

British Design is split into 13 chapters and is richly illustrated with 65 images, 16 of which are in full colour.