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Designs on Britain

19 October 2017 - 15 April 2018

Designs on Britain explores the major contribution of Jewish émigré designers to 20th century British design and demonstrates how much of the most iconic British design of the period was produced to immigrants to this country. Showcasing the work of approximately 20 designers it encompasses graphic design, product design and corporate identity.

The exhibition demonstrates that 20th century design in this country was profoundly shaped by the arrival of these pioneering designers from continental Europe who brought with them a knowledge of European modernism. Many of them radically transformed the practice and language of British design.

Designs on Britain features designers including Dorrit Dekk, FHK Henrion and Hans Schleger and highlight objects include:

  • .Raleigh's 'Chopper' bike and the Marble Run toy, both deisgned by Tom Karen
  • London Transport Bus stop sign by Hans Schleger
  • Classic posters for London Underground, the General Post Office and the War Office, such as 'Four Hands' by FHK Henrion distributed in Europe after D-Day

The exhibition is organised thematically across a number of sections, including travel, war-time, publishing, corporate identity, toys, vehicles and the 1951 Festival of Britain.

It features iconic designes for British organisations inluding London Transport, British Rail, the General Post Office and John Lewis as well as Penguin Books, Tate & Lyle and Schweppes.

A full public programme will accompany the exhibition and a fully illustrated exhibition catalogue featuring newly commisioned articles will also be available.

Abigail Morris, Director of the Jewish Museum, said:

"This exhibition celebrates the vital role that generations of immigrants have played in creating the diverse culture and creative economy that we enjoy today. It's fascinating that these fabulous designs, which we think of as intrinsically British, were created by immigrants to the UK. I look forward to welcoming our visitors to see this wonderful exhibtion."

The exhibition is organised in collaboration with the University of Brighton Design Archives.


For further information or images please contact:

Agnish Ray

+44 (0) 207 343 8180

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Address: Jewish Museum London

Raymond Burton House

129-131 Albert Street

London NW1 7NB

Tube: Camden Town

Opening Times: Daily 10am - 5pm (Friday: 10am - 2pm)

Museum Admission (includes entry to exhibition and all permenant displays)

Adults - £8.50*

Concessions - £6.50*

Children (5-16) - £3.50

Under 5s - Free

Family ticket (two adults and up to four children) - £18

*Includes £1 voluntary donation


About Jewish Museum London

Our mission at the Jewish Museum London is to surprise, delight and engage all people, irrespective of background and faith, in the history, identity and culture of Jews in Britain. Our exhibitions, events and learning programmes encourage a sense of discovery and aim to provoke questions, challenge predjudice and encourage understanding.

About the University of Brighton Design Archives?

The University of Brighton Design Archives is an internationally significant research base that initiates and promotes collaborative activity through a programme of projects, founded on a scholarly resource focusing on British design and global design organisations in the twentieth century.

Tuesday 31st October, 2017

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