Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture - MoDA

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The Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture's (MoDA) collections include wallpapers, textiles, designs, books, catalogues and magazines from the late nineteenth to the late twentieth century. They are a great resource if you are interested in the history of domestic interiors, or if you are looking for visual inspiration for creative projects. MoDA holds the Silver Studio Collections which is a Designated Collection of national importance.

The MoDA Collections Centre is located in Beaufort Park close to Middlesex University's Hendon campus. Access to the centre is by appointment only but is open to all.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive

Opening hours

Access is by appointment only

Admission charges


The Silver Studio collection at MoDA is a Designated Collection of national importance.

This is the archive of one of Britain's leading commercial design studios active between 1880 and 1963, and comprises over 40,000 designs on paper, samples, pattern books and an archive of the Studio's letters, diaries, visual reference material, trade cards and other printed ephemera. Its comprehensiveness makes this collection relevant both nationally and internationally for research ranging from business and labour history, to consumption of domestic furnishings, marketing, and the history of design, decoration and studio practice.

The Silver Studio was always responsive to the fashions and tastes of the moment, designing in all the major styles such as the flat stylised Art Nouveau of the late nineteenth century, as well as the perennially popular traditional and historical idiom. Its work provides a vivid insight into pattern design in the English home.

MoDA has an outstanding collection of wallpapers and textiles dating from the 1870s to the 1960s. Other parts of the collection include trade catalogues of furnishers and interior decorators, the Crown Wallpaper Archive and an extensive library of books on design, architecture and town planning collected by the architectural critic, Sir JM Richards. There is a wealth of other material relating to architecture, interior design, typography and printed ephemera, all of which contribute to MoDA's claim to hold collections of outstanding national and international importance.

Collection details

Social History, Design, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Archives, Architecture

Key artists and exhibits

  • Silver Studio
  • Crown Wallpaper Archive
  • Sir JM Richards library
  • Architecture
  • Interior design
  • Typography
  • Printed ephemera
  • Trade catalogues of furnishers
  • Trade catalogues of interior decorators
  • Designated Collection

Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture - MoDA
Middlesex University
9 Boulevard Drive
Beaufort Park







020 8411 5244

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