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British Design Exhibition

Cor… Sets on legs! A new exhibition celebrates the tastiest British design. 

What with it being an Olympic year for Britain, there’s going to be a lot of self-congratulatory crowing about how good we are at everything (glossing over the facts as necessary), and why should the design world be any different?

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is hosting an exhibition that lauds the best of British output since the “Austerity Games” of 1948 (you know, when the hurdlers jumped over hay bales and the discus was the lid of a biscuit tin).

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And actually, when you put the likes of the E-Type Jaguar, Concorde and the iMac together with the art of David Hockney and Damien Hirst and the graphics of Neville Brody and Grand Theft Auto… Well, golly, maybe we’re not half bad.

British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age, sponsored by Ernst & Young, runs from 31 March - 12 August 2012 at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London SW7

www.vam.ac.uk/britishdesign