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The Hidden Consumer?

Hannah Lee & Jo Tierney   The following text is an extract from a discussion between two students from the V&A/RCA History of Design programme who, from different starting points, have found common issues arising from their research into trade interactions between Europe and Africa and the development of the idea of the hidden consumer,

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Istanbul –
Two thousand three hundred years on

Annabel Sheen    The Eyewitness travel guide’s blurb about Hagia Sophia notes that, along with the alterations required for its shifting religious uses over the centuries, the building has been ‘buttressed on numerous occasions, which has partly obscured its shape.’[1] Perhaps the same thought might be had of Istanbul as a city. The tours organised

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The Past and the Present:
The Jameel Prize 2013

Hannah Lee   From carpets made of concrete, to the detailed beading on an evening jacket inspired by the ornate architecture of Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia, The Jameel Prize, whose finalists are currently display at the V&A museum, makes for exciting viewing. Established in 2009 the Jameel prize is an international competition for art and design

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Crystal Clear?:
A Sixteenth Century Glass Mosque Lamp

Hannah Lee If you’re not careful you might miss it; your gaze passing through the glassy surface to fix on a point beyond. This however, would have made this objects sixteenth century Venetian maker very happy, for whom the achievement of absolute clarity in clear glass was tantamount to the perfection of his art. Historians

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From Object to Memorial:
Designing Remembrance

Hannah Lee   The bus shelter outside the Royal College of Art on Kensington Gore, London, appears to have been transformed into a temporary memorial. Suspended within a transparent cavity that has been created from one of the shelter’s walls hangs a military camouflage jacket wearing a poppy. Lit by fluorescents from within the frame

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