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(1982–7)

Directed by Stephen Bayley and supported by the Conran Foundation, the Boilerhouse Project at the Victoria and Albert Museum ran from 1982 to 1987. Set in a light and predominantly Modernist environment it provided a showcase for contemporary design. Whilst located in the V&A the Boilerhouse mounted many exhibitions, addressing such complex issues as ‘Taste’, ‘Art & Industry’, as well as popular shows on Memphis furniture, and youth culture. The Boilerhouse demonstrated the public interest in the exhibition of consumer products, whether past, present, or future. The Project came to maturity with the 1989 move to the Design Museum in Butler's Wharf, London, a 1950s building adapted for use as a gallery of modern design by Conran Roche.

Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.


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