Design research unit : 1942-72 / Michelle Cotton.

by Cotton, Michelle [author.]Looking glass; Cubitt Gallery and Studios [host institution.]Looking glass.

Publisher: Köln, Germany : Buchhandlung Walther König, [2011]Description: 127 pages : colour illustrations ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9783863350406; 3863350405 .Subject(s): Design Research Unit (Firm)Looking glass | Consultants -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th centuryLooking glass | Design -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th centuryLooking glassNote: Published on the occasion of the Cubitt Gallery touring exhibition, held at the Cubitt Gallery, London, 18 September - 24 October 2010 ; and six other venues.Summary: The Design Research Unit, formed in 1942 in London, was the first consultancy that stimulated artists and designers of various disciplines to work together on schemes of design that would affect society as a whole. It was the first integrated design practice in Britain, combining architecture, graphic design, industrial and engineering design and is the oldest industrial design office in Europe. This publication detailing the research and a programme of talks by artists, designers and critics will bring contemporary perspectives to this history. The project refers to a broader discourse on the subject of design within current art practice, addressing the relevance of the Unit's legacy to practitioners and audiences today.
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Formed in London in 1942, the Design Research Unit was the first consultancy in Britain to bring together expertise in architecture, graphics and industrial design. This book accompanies a UK touring exhibition spanning more than three decades of their work.

Published on the occasion of the Cubitt Gallery touring exhibition, held at the Cubitt Gallery, London, 18 September - 24 October 2010 ; and six other venues.

The Design Research Unit, formed in 1942 in London, was the first consultancy that stimulated artists and designers of various disciplines to work together on schemes of design that would affect society as a whole. It was the first integrated design practice in Britain, combining architecture, graphic design, industrial and engineering design and is the oldest industrial design office in Europe. This publication detailing the research and a programme of talks by artists, designers and critics will bring contemporary perspectives to this history. The project refers to a broader discourse on the subject of design within current art practice, addressing the relevance of the Unit's legacy to practitioners and audiences today.

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