A collection of designs used to decorate British homes over the past 100 years is set to influence and inspire designers and artists all over the world after being made available online.
The Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture (MoDA), part of Middlesex University and based at Beaufort Park in Colindale north London, holds fascinating collections dating back to the late 1800s including wallpaper, textiles, books, catalogues and magazines.
Many of the items in the collection have belonged to Middlesex University since 1960s, when it was still known as Hornsey College of Art. Since then, the institution has collected a large number of items relating to the design and decoration of ‘ordinary’ homes. Today the collections are a resource for creative inspiration and research for students, artists and the general public.
A large part of MoDA’s portfolio, the Silver Studio Collection, gained recognition in 2008 for its national and international quality and significance.
Museum curator Zoe Hendon said: “The museum’s new approach to sharing its collections is to make them available to students, researchers and members of the public in new ways, online on tour and on request. The new website has been specifically designed to showcase the museum’s collections, and to make them more accessible to everyone.”
“We have recently moved to a new physical location in Colindale and even before the launch of the new website, we’re seeing more interest than ever before. The new website will only add to this, and see new audiences able to access this amazing collection.”
MoDA is well used by art and design students and practitioners seeking inspiration for their work; recent visitors include sound artists, shoe designers and modern dance enthusiasts. But anyone who would like to use the collections is welcome to do so by making an appointment.
The new website, was designed by redLoop, Middlesex University’s design and innovation centre.