Out in the Streets: The Road to Grunwick

Today Chapter Road, NW2, is unremarkable. To avoid the road parallel – Willesden Green’s repetitive High Road of fried chicken shops, bookmakers and estate agents, the ambler can deviate and walk along the pavements outside the late Nineteenth Century terraces. To step away from chaos means that Chapter Road, as

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Grayson Perry’s two-storey artwork

A House for Essex, image courtesy of Living Architecture

    Grayson Perry’s Dream House caused a storm among art critics following its unveiling in a Channel 4 documentary last week. Although commissioned by Living Architecture to function as a holiday home, the two-storey detached property in Wrabness, north-east Essex, is far from a residential new-build; it is a

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  Ready to brave Baltic weather conditions and loaded with preconceptions of Scandinavian ‘IKEA’ modernism, we winged our way to Helsinki in search of an answer to a simple question that would guide this year’s V&A/ RCA History of Design study trip: What is Finnish design?   With an entire

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It’s the Drink Talking (and Walking)

One stop on the HoD historic pub crawl: The Jerusalem Tavern, an example of domestic repurposing.

Current History of Design MA candidate, Magnus Copps, recounts the historic pub crawl on which he led a group of academics and students of the course’s own Material Cultures of Intoxication module. ‘The day was long, scholarly and unquestionably illuminating for all concerned. In all, we walked about 12km and visited

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Modernist African Architecture

La Pyramide, Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Photograph: Iwan Baan

We have tried to resist the temptation to succumb to the fetishisation of concrete, but this ongoing project to document modernist African architecture from the 1960s and 70s deliciously cool on the palette. . Architect Manuel Herz has curated an exhibition of the work of Dutch photographer Iwan Baan, depicting

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History of Design MA Open Day, Mon. 12 Jan


The postgraduate course from which Unmaking Things was born will be looking for its next intake of students from January. The V&A/RCA Postgraduate Programme in the History of Design is holding its second Open Day on 12th January 2015. History of Design is a relatively new discipline; students of the course

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V&A Cast Courts Reopen

The Weston Cast Court © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

  Following a three year closure for renovation, restoration and research the Weston Cast Courts of the V&A reopened earlier today to the public. These 19th century galleries contain replicas of European masterpieces first created for the purpose of study, and created a Grand Tour experience that was accessible for

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Minecraft Takes on the Masters

Tate Minecraft scheme

Tate Worlds is an exciting project undertaken by Tate, realising virtual environments inspired by various paintings and sculpture in Minecraft ‘maps’. Players can explore, undertaking activities and challenges along the themes of the artworks. The first two maps were launched on 24 November modelled on Christopher Nevinson’s Soul of the

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The Memory of my Wardrobe

Image ©Ida Taavitsainen, 2014.

The Memory of My Wardrobe, a new book by RCA graduate and Unmaking Things contributor, Ida Taavitsainen, explores the intimate relationship between clothing and memory. Ida’s evocative images comprise a visual history that, in the words of her publisher, takes ‘the reader on a journey through time from the garments original

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Fashion In Motion

SIBLING © Chloe Frechette

Today, the London based knitwear label, SIBLING, takes to the runway as part of the V&A’s ongoing Fashion In Motion series. Set against the museum’s Raphael Gallery, the brand’s live catwalk performance showcases the designers’ unique approach to knitwear, challenging traditional techniques and silhouettes while promoting an irreverent and frivolous

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