Speaker at the Paul Mellon Centre

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Description of Activity

'Strange Universe: Explorations of the Modern in Postwar Britain 1945–1965.'

A collaboration between Barbican Art Gallery and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, this one-day symposium used the themes and works included in Postwar Modern: New Art in Britain, 1945–1965 to explore the “strange universe” of British art in this period. Bringing together artists, scholars and curators, we explored how art making and the art world was remade and reimagined in the twenty years following the Second World War.

The day was structured around four different conversations, in which panellists were invited to select two works of art or objects that speak to the notion of a postwar sensibility. The day was introduced by the curators of the exhibition and also included a discussion with Associate Artist to the Exhibition, Abbas Zahedi.

Deborah's objects: George Fejér, design for post-war prefab kitchens, Selection Engineering Company, pictured in Mrs Tinsley's Uni-Seco prefabricated home, 29 Lyham Road, Brixton, Lambeth, Greater London. Ministry of Works, 1945; Malcolm Haylett (1923-2000), An Englishman's Home is his Castle, design for the Grand Hall, Olympia, Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition (postcard), 1956.
Period16 Jun 2022
Held atPaul Mellon Centre, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Ideal Home Exhibition
  • design history
  • kitchens
  • Kitchen design