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30th Oct / 2021
The 45th Annual Symposium: Design 1900-Now

Online Webinar via Zoom 10.30 - 16.30 (BST)

The new gallery Design 1900-Now at the Victoria & Albert Museum investigates how designed objects reflect society. Rather than looking at the design canon, telling a chronological history of design through a series of stylistic movements, it shows design from the last 120 years through the lens of six themes: automation and labour, housing and living, crisis and conflict, consumption and identity, sustainability and subversion and data and communication. To reflect on the new gallery and its content the 2021 FHS Symposium will focus on some of the furniture displayed in the gallery, delving deeper into their narratives of production and consumption. Corinna Gardner and Johanna Agerman Ross, the curators of the gallery, will introduce the symposium by discussing the curatorial narrative and conception of the space. Following this a number of speakers will talk around specific objects in the display and reflecting on the themes in the gallery.

Ticket Prices:

Members - £15

Students and Members under-35 years old - £7.50

Non-Members - £20

Please use the following link for registration and payment for the Zoom Video Webinar:

Design 1900-Now Gallery at the V & A © Victoria & Albert Museum, London


10.30-10.35: Welcome - Christopher Rowell, Chairman of the FHS

10.35-11.00: Introduction - Johanna Agerman Ross & Corinna Gardner

Lead curators of the Design 1900-Now Gallery at the V&A

Session 1 - Innovating for the home


Konstantin Grcic on the Mayday Lamp and his broader practice

Industrial designer, Berlin


 Dr Christine Checinska ALTHEA MCNISH: ‘Tropicalising’ British Interiors

Senior Curator, Africa and Diaspora, V&A, London


Sara Kristoffersson Ikea catalogues: A commercial and pedagogical tool

Professor of Design History, Konstfack University of Arts, Craft and Design, Stockholm

12.00-12.20: Q & A

12.20-12.30: Break

Session 2 - Making identities through design

12.30-13.00                 Christopher Wilk on the Mae West Lips Sofa and the creative partnership between Edward James and Salvador Dalí

Keeper of Performance, Furniture, Textile and Fashion, V&A, London

13.00-13.15: Q&A

13.15-13.45: Lunch Break

Session 3 - In conversation


London-based designer and educator Huren Marsh, speaks to Dr Emily Candela, Senior Tutor, Communication Design, RCA, London

14.30-14.45: Break

Session 4 - Resourceful design


Christien Meindertsma on the Flax Chair and her wider practice

Furniture and product designer, Utrecht


Antoinette LaFarge on Louise Brigham: Pioneer of Sustainable Design

Professor of Digital Media, University of California, Irvine


Divia Patel Recyclewallah: Reuse and repurposing in India 

Senior Curator, South Asia, V&A, London

15.45-16.05: Q&A

16.05-16.15: Close - Johanna Agerman Ross & Corinna Gardner

16.30: End

Salvador Dalí, Mae West Lips Sofa 1936-37.

© Salvador Dali, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, DACS 2021

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