Making Britain Modern by Kenneth Grange

L’eccellenza del design britannico nella mostra dedicata a Kenneth Grange

dal 20 luglio al 30 ottobre al Design Museum di Londra

dal titolo: “Making Britain Modern”.

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The Design Museum in London is to hold the first retrospective of Kenneth Grange’s work, celebrating his role in helping to ‘make Britain modern’.

Kenneth Grange is Britain’s leading product designer, his prolific career spans over 50 years and he is responsible for designing some of the most iconic and familiar products and appliances that shape our daily lives. Kodak cameras, the silhouette for the Intercity 125 train, Kenwood food mixers, Parker pens, and the re-design of the London black cab are just some of his well-known designs.

In 1972 Grange, together with Alan Fletcher, Theo Crosby, Colin Forbes and Mervyn Kurlansky established Pentagram, a world renowned multi-disciplinary design consultancy. More recently, in the 1990s, Grange has produced distinctive designs that have become part of our landscape, from the Adshel bus shelter in 1993 to the Rural Post box for Royal Mail in 1998. Today Grange continues to work with British companies.

This exhibition is Kenneth Grange’s first UK retrospective celebrating his work, design journey and the role he has played in making Britain modern. With unique access to the Grange archive, the exhibition includes over 150 products, prototypes, sketches as well as audio, photography and film.

Grange is Britain’s leading product designer, responsible for designing some of the most iconic and familiar products and appliances that shape British daily lives. His career spans over 50 years and includes the designs for Kodak cameras, the InterCity 125 train, Kenwood food mixers, Parker pens and the re-design of the London black cab.

He was born in 1929, attended Willesden School of Art, London, and spent his National Service as a technical illustrator for the Royal Engineers. In 1951, while working as an architect’s assistant, he contributed to the Sports and Home pavilions for the Festival of Britain.

More recently Grange re-designed the London black cab, the Taxi TX1, in 1998, the Adshel bus shelters in 1993 and the rural Royal Mail post box in 1998. He continues to work with British companies including Anglepoise, furniture designer Hitch Melius and fashion designer Margaret Howell.

 

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