london: british design 1948-2012

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the olympics are the planet's biggest sports showcase and its arrival in london later this year has spawned a surge of all things british. the victoria & albert museum joins the euphoria with british design 1948-2012, an exhibition that celebrates the nation's best design from the 1948 london olympics - dubbed the 'austerity games' due to the economic climate and post-war rationing - up to this year. it's in fact the first comprehensive exhibition to examine the ways in which artists and designers who were born, trained or working in the u.k. have produced innovative and internationally acclaimed works from post-war to the present day. ranging from the jaguar e-type [1961] to the newly commissioned model of zaha hadid’s aquatics centre in london [2011], the objects on display aim to reinforce britain’s status as a global leader in design and how it continues to nurture artistic talent, as well as investigate the role that britain’s manufacturing industry has played in the global market [on through aug 12]. location: cromwell road [knightsbridge].

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