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Veteran British designer is celebrated at the Design Museum

19 July 2011

Kenneth Grange CBE is the subject of a retrospective at the Design Museum, which runs from July 20 to October 30. Britain’s leading product designer, his prolific career spans over 50 years and he is responsible for designing some of the most iconic and familiar products and appliances that shape our daily lives. Kodak cameras, the silhouette for the Intercity 125 train, Kenwood food mixers, Parker pens, and the re-design of the London black cab are just some of his well-known designs.

In 1972 Grange, together with Alan Fletcher, Theo Crosby, Colin Forbes and Mervyn Kurlansky established Pentagram, a world renowned multi-disciplinary design consultancy. More recently, in the 1990s, Grange produced distinctive designs that have become part of our landscape, from the Adshel bus shelter in 1993 to the Rural Post box for Royal Mail in 1998. Today, Grange continues to work with British companies, including Anglepoise, furniture designer Hitch Mylius and fashion designer Margaret Howell.

This exhibition is Kenneth Grange’s first UK retrospective celebrating his work, design journey and the role he has played in making Britain modern. With access to the Grange archive, the exhibition includes over 150 products, prototypes, sketches as well as audio, photography and film.

Parking meter quest
The Design Museum is on the hunt for an original 1960s parking meter designed by Kenneth Grange for Venner, to display in the exhibition. Find out how you can help the museum find one here. For more information about the Design Museum, its location and special events, click here.

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