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Provocative Places: Johannesburg, South Africa
Provocative Places: Johannesburg, South Africa

Welcome to the next in our Provocative Places and Objects series, in which our Ambassadors look at places and spaces that challenge and confront us as design historians. This month, Alexandra Banister discusses the city of Johannesburg in South Africa and issues of segregation and urban planning.

6 July 2022 -

Provocative Objects / Spaces
Provocative Objects: Bacchantes Vase by René Lalique
Provocative Objects: Bacchantes Vase by René Lalique

Welcome to the next edition of our Provocative Places and Objects blog series, in which our Ambassadors look more at places and spaces that challenge and confront us as design historians. This month, Wiktoria Kijowska looks at the Bacchantes Vase by René Lalique in the context of fakes and copies.

22 June 2022 -

Provocative Objects / Spaces
Provocative Places: the Colosseum, Rome
Provocative Places: the Colosseum, Rome

Welcome to the next edition of our Provocative Places and Objects blog series, in which our Ambassadors look more at places and spaces that challenge and confront us as design historians. This month, Alexandra Banister looks at the Colosseum in Rome, and discusses issues surrounding much-visited architectural sites of historical importance which were designed for inhumane purposes.

8 June 2022 -

Provocative Objects / Spaces
Provocative Objects: A dressing table designed by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
Provocative Objects: A dressing table designed by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

Welcome to the next in our "Provocative Objects" series, in which DHS Ambassador Wiktoria Kijowska looks at a dressing table designed by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann which can act as a window into the role of imported exotic materials in French furniture production during the interwar period.

24 May 2022 -

Provocative Objects / Spaces
Provocative Places: Antilia, Mumbai
Provocative Places: Antilia, Mumbai

Welcome to the next in our "Provocative Places" series, in which DHS Ambassador Alexandra Banister looks at Antilia, the private residence of the Ambani family in Mumbai, and issues of the wealth divide as articulated through architecture.

4 May 2022 -

Provocative Objects / Spaces
Provocative Objects: Artificial Grass
Provocative Objects: Artificial Grass

This month, guest contributor to the Provocative Objects series Jane Macintyre discusses artificial grass: plastic perfection?

20 April 2022 -

Provocative Objects / Spaces
Provocative Places: The Great Mosque of Aleppo, Syria
Provocative Places: The Great Mosque of Aleppo, Syria

Welcome to the next in our "Provocative Places and Objects" series, in which the DHS Ambassadors look at places and spaces that challenge and confront us as design historians. This month, Alexandra Banister discusses the Great Mosque of Aleppo in Syria and issues of architecture, heritage, and conflict.

6 April 2022 -

Provocative Objects / Spaces
Provocative Objects: Pink razor
Provocative Objects: Pink razor

This week the DHS Ambassador Wiktoria Kijowska takes on the lead with Provocative Objects. In this post Wiktoria puts the gendered pink razor under the lens and offers a provocative account of how objects are mutually defined by and are used to define gender constructs.

23 March 2022 -

Provocative Objects / Spaces

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