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Provocative Objects: The Queen Elizabeth Virginal
Provocative Objects: The Queen Elizabeth Virginal

To me, the most exciting part of history is the moment of connection that stretches through centuries, an ‘I do that too’ moment. My research into the Queen Elizabeth Virginal was not just a healthy dose of a historian’s curiosity, but a connection to a long-dead queen upon encountering the beautiful object. My name is Molly Gisbourne, a 2023 graduate of the V&A/RCA History of Design MA and now working in facilities at the Design Museum, this blog explores the Queen Elizabeth Virginal in the V&A collection.

9 May 2024 -

Provocative Objects / Spaces
Provocative Objects: The Dabbawala Coffee Table
Provocative Objects: The Dabbawala Coffee Table

In this month's Provocative Objects blog, academic writer and researcher Dr Rukmini Chaturvedi discusses the Dabbawala coffee table, designed in 2016 by Parth Parikh.

11 April 2024 -

Provocative Objects / Spaces
Provocative Objects: Good Squish x Lace History
Provocative Objects: Good Squish x Lace History

In this month’s Provocative Objects post, Design History Society Ambassador Rowan Adamson discusses this history of lace and its modern interpretations by Good Squish.

14 March 2024 -

Provocative Objects / Spaces
Provocative Places: paraSITE project
Provocative Places: paraSITE project

Welcome to the next in our Provocative Places and Objects series, in which we look at places and spaces that challenge and confront us as design historians. This time, Alexandra Banister looks at artist Michael Rakowitz’s paraSITE project, which uses an interdisciplinary approach to art and architecture to highlight issues of homelessness.

8 February 2024 -

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Provocative Places: Pathra Temple Complex
Provocative Places: Pathra Temple Complex

In the first Provocative Places and Objects blog of 2024, Souhardya De discusses Pathra Temple Complex and the Rural Bengali European Connect.

9 January 2024 -

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Provocative Places: Soviet Playground Design in Lithuania
Provocative Places: Soviet Playground Design in Lithuania

Welcome to the final Provocative Places and Objects blog of 2023. This time, Ieva Daujotaite, a Design History Postgraduate from the Royal College of Art / Victoria & Albert Museum shares research on Soviet Playground Design in Lithuania.

8 December 2023 -

Provocative Objects / Spaces
Provocative Objects: VHS tapes
Provocative Objects: VHS tapes

Welcome to the next in our Provocative Places and Objects series, in which our contributors look at places and spaces that challenge and confront us as design historians. This time, Justin Childress, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Master of Arts in Design & Innovation at the Southern Methodist University, looks at VHS tapes as memory objects.

9 November 2023 -

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Provocative Places: The Arab Hall at Leighton House
Provocative Places: The Arab Hall at Leighton House

Welcome to the next in our Provocative Places and Objects series, in which our contributors look at places and spaces that challenge and confront us as design historians. This time, Isabella Warnham, a student on the V&A/RCA History of Design MA, looks at the Arab Hall at Leighton House in London.

11 October 2023 -

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