Issue 38 - Out Now

VE always champions the very best – whether that’s in decorative antiques or highly fashionable Mid-century designs, and we certainly bring you an eclectic mix of them all in this issue.

Our 14-page section includes a selection of top-notch European design dealers to check out, along with four fabulous events to quench your thirst for homeware, taking place from March until April from the UK to Belgium, across to The Netherlands and back again.

The V&A will also keep you busy over the next few months, with two fabulous exhibitions. The rst explores the impact of the Ocean liner on art, architecture, design and film. This is followed by an exhibition on Nordic Design for Children, which is sure to bring out the big kid in you. Surely you remember watching the Moomins on TV?

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The Romance of the Floating Palace

As the largest machines of their age by far, ocean liners have become powerful symbols of progress and 20th-century modernity. This February the V&A will re-imagine the golden age of ocean travel with a major new exhibition. (Image of Titanic in dry dock ©Getty Images)

Beginning with Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s steamship, the Great Eastern of 1859, the exhibition will trace ocean liner design, from the Beaux-Arts interiors of Kronprinz Wilhelm, Titanic and her sister ship, Olympic, to the floating Art Deco palaces of the Queen Mary and Normandie, and the streamlined Modernism of the SS United States and QE2.

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In Issue 37

So, have we all been dead busy here putting together a spectacular issue for your delight and delectation? Have we searched high and low for the top stories to keep the VE reader’s finger on the design pulse? We certainly have!

We give you the low-down on Ray Harryhausen – master of model stop-motion animation – and check out his incredible creations of movie monsters and artefacts going under the hammer in Surrey this month. But that’s just the beginning, because this issue is bursting with so many goodies.

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A Tudor Fairytale

Step through the small door at 135 All Saints Street, and you'll journey back in time to a forgotten and truly magical world.

Once, long ago in the depths of winter, when the sun had left the sky and the sea had ghosted into grey, threads of smoke began to rise from the dwellings huddled in Hastings’ old fishing quarter. Fires were being lit, bread was being baked and little lights began twinkling behind the tightly shuttered windows at 135 All Saints Street – a Christmas tale had begun.

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Czech List

If you’ve ever owned a piece of costume jewellery, it’s most likely to have its origins in Czechoslovakia. Gemma Redmond explains why.

Many pieces of Czech jewellery feature metalwork designs. These were often created from machine stamps, engraved so that the metal would represent elaborate and delicate fliligree work. There was a lot of technique involved in the creating of these stamps, the cutting, forming and setting of the metal, and those who produced these components were called ‘Gürtler’ or belt makers – because these were the items that were made in abundance.

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