I have to say that there is nothing I would hate more than a modern cruise ship holiday - sorry to Viking cruises who sponsored this really interesting exhibition currently at the V&A. But to cross the Atlantic and arrive in New York on one of the iconic, at the time very new, ocean liners would have been something else! I had not fully appreciated before how much they represented a show case for the best design of the time and a competition between nations to display their prowess. There are some beautiful advertising posters and interior designs. I was surprised to see no iconic Danish chairs till it clicked that the designs were all about nations and Denmark didn't have an ocean liner to display its art. It would have been nice to see more made of the change over from ships taking migrants in less than appealing accommodation to the later glitz of 1st class travel. There are a few pieces of crockery by Edward Bawden who the Dulwich Picture Gallery will be featuring from the end of May. Another must see!
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