Tag Archives: Stradling Collection

A Pioneering Ceramic Studio

Behind every successful man, there stands a woman. A Pioneering Ceramic Studio There is a very old and famous saying, ‘behind every successful man, there stands a woman’, and Geoffrey Whiting had Anne Whiting. After the second war she co-founded … Continue reading

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Making Useful Simple – Geoffrey Whiting at the KSC

1st October – 14th December Our latest show at the Ken Stradling Collection highlights the art of making beautiful items for the home through an examination of the work of potter Geoffrey Whiting (1919-1988). The exhibition is totally Covid-19 friendly. … Continue reading

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Loved Design: an Online Exhibition

Reading the obituaries of Sir Terence Conran, who sadly passed away last week, it’s been amazing to realise just how much of what has made life enjoyable came from him and his vision of good design. From the duvet we … Continue reading

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Bauhaus in Bristol – Otti Berger

It appears that Bristol furniture manufacturer Crofton Gane, whose work with Bauhaus designer Marcel Breuer is well known, considered employing leading Bauhaus graduate textile designer Otti Berger to work for him. Bristol furniture manufacturer Crofton Gane was one of the … Continue reading

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Breuer in Bristol Symposium review

2019 is the centenary of the founding of Bauhaus in Weimar and there are lots of exhibitions and events worldwide not to mention documentaries and new books. At the restored second Bauhaus in Dessau you can stay in the student … Continue reading

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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, Leyla Daybelge 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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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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Ken Stradling Collection at Margaret Howell

Margaret Howell’s gallery in Wigmore St, London is currently showing a selection of more than 50 pieces from the Ken Stradling Collection chosen and curated by Margaret herself. The show included pieces from across the collection but central is a … Continue reading

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