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The Democratisation of Design in Northern Europe - Part 2

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The Democratisation of Design in Northern Europe - Part 2

During the 1960s and 1970s there was still a mass manufacturing industry in Northern Europe and the latest cutting edge designs began to be incorporated into everyday household goods. These new styles were often the work of graduates of the region's most prestigious art & design schools. Where once these avant garde designs would have been the preserve of the rich and privileged, now they could be bought on the high street and were within the reach of the masses.  To use a wonderful phrase that completely captures this trend, there was a democratisation of design.  Take the example of J&G Meakin and...

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The Democratisation of Design in Northern Europe - Part 1

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The Democratisation of Design in Northern Europe - Part 1

The 1950s-70s was a time of unparalleled creativity in Northern Europe. The war was over and there was an understandable sense of relief that turned into optimism and hope for a better future. The war had changed things. Huge social and cultural changes took place in the 1960s which, combined with technological advances and increased wealth & leisure time lead to a consumer boom. These were unprecedented times and they led to a surge of artistic creativity.

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An Unusual Journey Home - Part 4: Denmark to the UK

An Unusual Journey Home - Part 4: Denmark to the UK

We left on a Sunday morning and the drive southwards towards the German border was relatively normal. We had seen that the German state of North Rhine Westphalia, that we would normally drive through, was Germany's worst affected so we were keen to fill up on petrol on the Danish side of the border, but other than that things seemed little different to usual. We had been expecting that Germany might man its own side of the border in response to Denmark's action, but there was no visible presence as we drove into Germany. The Danish border was on Corinna's side...

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An Unusual Journey Home - Part 3: Leaving Denmark

An Unusual Journey Home - Part 3: Leaving Denmark

Mid way through our second week in Denmark, the state broadcaster DR (Danmark's Radio) announced that Prime Minister Mette Frederikson would be speaking to the nation that evening. Italy was already in lockdown and other European countries were closing schools and imposing restrictions on public gatherings. We already had a sense of what was coming. That evening, Denmark's remarkable young Prime Minister calmly, but with the appropriate balance of conveying the gravitas of the situation whilst seeking the buy in of her population, advised that the country was going into partial lockdown to try to prevent the spread of the virus. It...

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An Unusual Journey Home - Part 2: Denmark

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An Unusual Journey Home - Part 2: Denmark

We had a wonderful time in Denmark. As always my parents looked after us so well that it almost gets embarrassing and we tell them they really don't need to take such good care of us and make us such wonderful food. My parents live in a seaside town that still has a traditional working fishing harbour. My dad loves to go to the fishmongers on the harbourside that sells an amazing range of seafood, both fresh off the boat and freshly smoked or otherwise prepared on the premises. When we visited last summer the fishmonger saw Corinna's delight at the...

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