Polished Thoughts: From Concept to Craft at Broadway's Gordon Russell Design Museum

By Ben Miller | 09 March 2012
A photo of a wooden chair with green cushions
© Ben Croft
Exhibition: Polished Thoughts: From Concept to Craft, Gordon Russell Design Museum, Broadway, March 10 – June 30 2012

Celebrating the legacy of the hugely influential 20th century furniture designer the museum is named after, the Gordon Russell and Rycotewood Prize is a competition to find the finest young crafters in the land.

A photo of two curvy wooden chairs
Curvy designs by 2009 winner Tom Pugh
© Tom Pugh
This year’s winners feature in this show of promise at the Grade II-listed Worcestershire venue, and the display will be opened by Fred Baier, the current artist-in-residence at the House of Lords.

“The combination of clear design thinking and exceptional craftsmanship would have appealed to Gordon Russell’s vision of the fusion of hand and machine,” says the museum’s Richard Paice, sizing up the victors in the fourth year of the award.

“These pieces on show are exemplars of quality design and knowledge of materials.”

  • Open Tuesday-Sunday 11am-5pm. Admission £1-£4 (free for accompanied under-12s).
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