Launching yesterday, Design Research Unit is a travelling exhibition mapping the history of the Design Research Unit’s creations. The press release explains the DRU’s history better than we could:
“Initially under the charge of the poet and art critic Herbert Read and operating from offices shared with Mass Observation, the Design Research Unit was founded by advertising entrepreneur Marcus Brumwell with designers Misha Black and Milner Gray. Following Read’s essay, Art and Industry (1934) and the literature of International Constructivism the group outlined an intent to combine creative intelligence with technical research into materials and markets, seeking to bring ‘artists and designers into productive relation with scientists and technologists.’”
The unit designed everything from car interiors to beer bottles, so we’d recommend checking out this exhibition if possible.
Dates and details are after the leap.
Starting at Cubitt in London and touring to Norwich University College of the Arts Gallery prior to arriving at International Project Space, Design Research Unit will subsequently tour to Tate St Ives (5 Feb – 2 May 2011), Liverpool John Moores University (4 Mar – 1 Apr 2011) and Bonington Gallery, Nottingham (15 Apr – 13 May 2011). [Via Manystuff]