Design Research Unit 1942-72 is a survey of the history of the multidisciplinary practice responsible for some of the most important design produced in post-war Britain. The publication follows the Cubitt Gallery exhibition Design Research Unit 1942-72 curated by Michelle Cotton that has toured to Norwich University College of the Arts Gallery; International Project Space, Bournville; Liverpool John Moores University; Bonington Gallery, Nottingham, Tate St Ives and the Cooper Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee. It features some of DRU’s most experimental and iconic work from Naum Gabo’s proposal for a Jowett car to exhibition design and architecture for the 1951 Festival of Britain and corporate identities for Watneys brewery, British Rail, Ilford, the London Transport network and Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI). Based on original research, it documents an approach that was shaped by inter-war developments in artistic discourse and post-war trends in industry and communication; in particular the accelerated demand for corporate design.
Design Research Unit 1942-72
by Michelle Cotton
151 illustrations, colour, black & white
Designed by APFEL – A Practice For Everyday Life
Published by Koenig Books
The publication can be purchased through the Cubitt Shop.