Exhibition Celebrates Iconic Brand Designs ; ITEMS RANGING FROM HANDWOVEN FABRICS AND CARPETS TO STYLISED FURNITURE AND HOMEWARE GO ON DISPLAY AT UNIVERSITY GALLERY

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Exhibition Celebrates Iconic Brand Designs ; ITEMS RANGING FROM HANDWOVEN FABRICS AND CARPETS TO STYLISED FURNITURE AND HOMEWARE GO ON DISPLAY AT UNIVERSITY GALLERY


By ANDY RICHARDS Content Editor andy.richards@trinitymirror.com @AndyRichards9 AN EXHIBITION of artefacts celebrating the Midlands' historic role at the heart of the UK's manufacturing industry has opened in Birmingham.

Midlands Modern 1930-1980 is being hosted at Birmingham City University's Parkside Gallery and showcases artistically designed pieces and products from some of the region's most iconic brands.

Items ranging from handwoven fabrics and carpets, to stylised furniture and homeware, crafted in Birmingham, the Black Country and beyond are on display - with products dating from the interwar period to the 1980s.

Among those on show are the works of Tibor Ltd, founded by Stratford-based fabric designer Tibor Reich, and rare pieces from Kidderminster's historic Brintons carpet firm, which dates back over 230 years.

The exhibition also includes glasswork - made famous in the Black Country - as well as ceramics and furniture created and crafted in the region which combine function with artistry. Midlands Modern 1930-1980 has been put together as a way of demonstrating the wide- ranging impact of Midlands manufacturing on products and design during the period, and how it influences creations today.

Emeritus Professor Richard Snell of Birmingham City University curated the exhibition. He said: "The exhibition champions the diversity of manufacturing in the Midlands both past and present and the importance of design and designers to the commercial success of an enterprise. …

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