Friends excursions: the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture

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Friday 7 July 2017
2 — 3.30pm

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Items in MoDA's collection

© The Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture, Middlesex University

Visit a hidden gem, housing one of the UK’s most comprehensive collections of 19th and 20th-century decorative arts for the home.

Based at Beaufort Park in Colindale, Middlesex University’s Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (MoDA) is home to the Silver Studio Collection. The Silver Studio was a commercial design practice which, between 1880 and 1963, completed designs for items such as furnishing fabrics, wallpapers, rugs and carpets, offering traditional patterns alongside the popular styles of the moment, such as Art Nouveau at the turn of the century and Art Moderne in the 1930s. The Silver Studio Collection contains over 40,000 designs on paper for wallpaper and textiles designed between 1880 and the 1960s, an extensive collection of books and one of the finest collections of mass market wallpapers – including a small selection by well-known designers such as Edward Bawden RA, John Aldridge and Lucienne Day.

On our specially arranged intimate visit the curator, Dr Serena Dyer, will explain how Middlesex University became the guardian of this extraordinary and extensive collection. We will have the opportunity to closely examine a selection of fabrics, textiles and wallpaper designs, together with book illustrations and items that were used as inspiration by the Silver Studio Collection’s designers.

Today, this wonderful resource at MoDA is used by design students at Middlesex University for inspiration in their own creative work.

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Friday 7 July 2017

2 — 3.30pm

MoDA Collections Centre, Middlesex University, 9 Boulevard Drive, Beaufort Park, London NW9. Full directions with ticket.

£20.

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