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Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (MoDA)

Project Background

The Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture (MoDA) developed from a number of collections acquired by Middlesex University between the late 1960s and the 1990s.

Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (MoDA)
MoDA study room at Beaufort Park, Colindale

On VADS you can browse and search a selection of 500 items from our collection. View all images from MoDA's collections.

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The collections engage with design histories including the furnishing of 'ordinary' homes of the early and mid-twentieth century, the design process of commercial wallpaper and textiles for the home and inter-war suburbia. The collections are also concerned with broader themes; encompassing visual and material culture including graphic design, illustration, typography, fashion and architecture.

You are welcome to visit and view items at the MoDA Collections Centre located in Colindale, where access is by appointment only. If you want to arrange a visit or find out more about our collections please contact

Silver Studio Designs

The Silver Studio was a commercial design practice which, between 1880 and 1963, completed more than 20,000 schemes for items such as furnishing fabrics, wallpapers, tablecovers, rugs and carpets. The Studio answered the needs of its customers, who were retailers and manufacturers at all levels of the market. It could work in all the popular styles of the moment, offering traditional patterns alongside the more 'modern', such as Art Nouveau at the turn of the century and Moderne in the 1930s.

MoDA has around 40,000 original designs on paper created by the Silver Studio, which sold them to manufacturers between 1880 and the early 1960s. These designs are in a variety of media, including pencil, inks, charcoal, pastels and gouaches.

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Silver Studio design SD8440

Silver Studio design SD8440

Japanese Katagami Stencils

Detail from Katagami stencil

Detail from Katagami stencil K1.4

MoDA has 400 Japanese katagami stencils which belonged to the Silver Studio. The stencils were produced in Japan as a way of applying patterns to fabric, mainly kimonos. The katagami collected by the Silver Studio all date from the 1860s and 70s, and were used by the Studio's designers as reference material via which to produce their own Japanese-inspired patterns.

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Charles Hasler Collection

Charles Hasler (b.1908, d.1992) was a typographer and graphic designer and played a significant role in many high-profile exhibitions, displays, poster campaigns and book publishing in Britain from the mid-1930s to the mid-1980s, including the Festival of Britain for which he was a senior designer and Chairman of the Typographic Panel.

The Charles Hasler collection consists of his own design work for various clients, including the Ministry of Information; numerous examples of material by well-known mid-century designers, such as Edward McKnight Kauffer and Abram Games; as well as a wealth of fascinating printed ephemera from the Victorian period onwards, including greetings cards, sheet music, magazines and advertisements.

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MoDA holds one of the UK's finest collections of mass market wallpapers, dating from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. We have wallpaper manufactured by Sanderson, John Line, Wallpaper Manufacturers Limited and Shand Kydd. We also have a selection of wallpapers by well-known designers such as Edward Bawden, John Aldridge and Lucienne Day.

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Most of the textiles in MoDA's collections were designed for British homes between about 1880 and the 1960s. Many were produced for well-known manufacturers such as Liberty & Co and Sandersons. We have examples of both printed and woven furnishing fabrics and some examples of dress fabrics

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Contact Details

Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture
9 Boulevard Drive
Tel: +44 (0) 020 8411 5244


Twitter: @modamuseum



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