Japantastic

This is an online version of an exhibition held at the Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture in 2010.

This exhibition looks at the way Japanese design ideas were adapted by the Silver Studio for British homes between 1880 and 1930s. The Silver Studio was a commerical design practice founded by Arthur Silver in London 1880.

Japanese-inspired designs first became popular in Britain in the 1870s and 80s when Japan opened up to trade with the west for the first time in many years. Japanese art and design was exciting and exotic to European eyes because it was so different to Western traditions.

The Silver Studio produced designs which were inspired by Japan, but which still satisfied the tastes of British consumers of mass-market wallpapers and textiles.

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