Author Archives: Oliver Kent

Breuer in Bristol Symposium

The Breuer in Bristol Symposium at Arnolfini went very well indeed. Speakers included Christopher Wilk, Keeper of Furniture, Textiles and Fashion at the V&A, design historians Alan Powers, Layla Delbelge and Magnus Englund, Oliver Kent, Programme Leader BA Applied Arts, … Continue reading

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Finding Marcel Breuer in Bristol

Stradling Collection volunteer Rosemary Silvester has been particularly excited by our current Bauhaus in Bristol exhibition. Her research in the 1980s into the activities of Bristol furniture manufacturers P E Gane Ltd has given her a real enthusiasm for the … Continue reading

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Crofton Gane reviews the Gane Pavilion, 1936

We thought it would be good to hand the next Blog post over to Crofton Gane himself. The following is his review of the success of the PE Gane Pavilion designed for him by Marcel Breuer for the 1936 Royal … Continue reading

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Dessau – Design – Destiny

Earlier this year Stradling Collection Friend and volunteer Tanya Martin took advantage of the opportunity to spend a few nights at the iconic Bauhaus building in Dessau. This year being the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus, what … Continue reading

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Bristol home of Gill Sans typeface

In 1926 Bristol bookseller and printer Douglas Cleverdon asked his friend Eric Gill to paint a shop-sign for him. The lettering that resulted was seen in 1927 by Stanley Morison of Monotype Corporation who asked Gill to develop it as … Continue reading

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Kaleidoscope: colour in the Ken Stradling Collection

​The current show at the Collection has been assembled by Curator Chris Yeo with an eye for the most colourful aspects of it. The objects from the 1960s and 1970s are particularly known for their lively palette but there are … Continue reading

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Queen’s Court flats, Crofton Gane and Wells Coates

Queen’s Court, Queen’s Road, Clifton, Bristol In 1937 a large triangular site on Queens Road in Clifton, a hundred yards uphill from the landmark Victoria Rooms became the site of the first large-scale luxury block of flats built in Bristol. … Continue reading

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Crofton Gane and the All Electric House

The All Electric House – Stoke Bishop, Bristol. P E Gane Ltd were established furniture manufacturers and retailers in Bristol in the first half of the 20th century. From 1933, director Crofton Gane became increasingly active amongst progressive designers, manufacturers … Continue reading

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Ken Stradling Collection at Margaret Howell – Preview Photos

Here are a selection of photos of the Ken Stradling Collection show at Margaret Howell at 34 Wigmore Street, London. The show is on until the 15th November. The work look stunning and sits beautifully alongside Margaret Howell’s elegant designs. … Continue reading

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Bill Newland, Margaret Hine and Sam Haile at the Ken Stradling Collection

Originally posted on Clay and Fire:
‘Of Brush and Clay – Painter Potters of the mid 20th Century’ The current exhibition at the Ken Stradling Collection, 48 Park Row, Bristol. On until 9 December. A selection of work fom ‘Of…

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