Thursday, 22 September 2011

London, Paris, Tokyo

The hugely successful Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement in Britain, 1860-1900  exhibition has now transferred from the V&A in London, to the Musee D'Orsay in Paris.

Design for decoration of door and wall 
by Arthur Silver, around 1885.  
Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture, SD3

It's great that the objects on loan from the Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture will be seen by even more people.  And it's a good excuse to think about booking a trip to Paris...

Meanwhile, we're in discussion with some Japanese curators who are keen for us to lend them some of MoDA's katagami stencils, for an exhibition to be held at the Mitsubishi Ichikogan Museum, Tokyo, next year.  Watch this space!

Japanese Katagami Stencil, late nineteenth century.  
Part of the Silver Studio collection, 
Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture, K1.1

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Up and coming:See through the wallpaper

As regular readers of this blog will know, part of MoDA's mission is to work with students (especially those from Middlesex University) who want to be inspired by our collections.

We are currently involved in an interactive project called 'Up and coming: See through the wallpaper', developed by Ada Lee, studying MA Design for Interactive Media at Middlesex.

Ada's project uses wallpaper patterns from the museum's collections as markers for an augmented reality application on Ipad and Android.

When the user points their camera at the wallpaper they will be able to see various 3D objects or videos related to the respective time period of the specific wallpaper pattern.

"I found using the wallpaper as markers is like doing some magic!" commented Ada. "When the camera recognises the wallpaper, the related objects will appear immediately, and takes you back in time to the 1930s or 1950s. Creating the 3D designs took me quite a lot of time, but I think it was worth it as you can see the detail in the furniture. Overall I feel the combination of the 3D objects and wallpaper provides a picture of domestic life of people living at that period of time".

We're impressed by the imaginative use of new technologies, which take the museum's collections into a whole new dimension. You will be able to see Ada's work on show at the Dim.sum show at 4, Wilkes Street in Spitalfields in London from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th September, along with the work of other students on the course (admission is free).  We'd love to know what you think.