Kenneth Grange: Making Britain Modern

Thursday, 21 July 2011

The InterCity 125, designed by Kenneth Grange in 1976

The Design Museum's latest exhibition, which opened to the public yesterday, celebrates the career of Kenneth Grange - an industrial designer whose name may not be well-known but whose work certainly is. British families grew up with his cameras, food mixers, razors, bus shelters and even a train (the InterCity 125, pictured above). Tourists will instantly recognise the iconic London taxi cab, also Grange's work. WGSN-homebuildlife visited the retrospective this week to take a look.

Kodak Instamatic 33, 1968
On display are more than 150 products, prototypes, and sketches from Grange's archive, alongside photographs and films from the times at which they were made. Grange's career spans fifty years, beginning in post-war Britain, and continues to this day. At 82, he has just designed a new chair for Hitch Mylius.

Kenwood mini mixer, 1978

Kenneth Grange: Making Britain Modern runs 20 July - 30 October 2011 at the Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD. All photos courtesy of the Design Museum.

Geeco watering cans, 1988
Short & Manson Steel Clock, 1966

Wilkinson Protector, 1991
Anglepoise Type 75, 2002
Adshel public seating, 1972