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Kenneth Grange: half a century at the forefront of British design | Art and design | The Observer

Kenneth Grange's dessign for the Kodak Instamatic camera

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Once you know who Kenneth Grange is – once you’ve learned a little about his remarkable 50-year career and your eye is in – you see his work everywhere: on streets and stations, in your kitchen, your cupboards and your desk drawer. If the tube had let me down this morning, I might even have travelled here in one of his designs the London taxi cab, which he remodelled in 1997. Such visual omnipotence, though, is starkly at odds with his personality, which is not grand at all. Grange, modest to a fault, is apt to attribute even his greatest hits – the InterCity 125 train, for instance, which was introduced in 1976 and which is still going strong – to hard work and serendipity rather than his own genius. The retrospective of his career that is shortly to be staged at the Design Museum is certainly pleasing, but he hopes, too, that it won’t cause people to think that he is no longer working. ” Because I am – surprise, surprise. Why would I stop? I mean, if a bloke can play the piano, you don’t stop him playing it, do you?” It’s his wife the unstoppable Grange feels sorry for. “It’s a bugger living with a designer, you know. We keep sticking our noses in. She can’t buy a tea towel without me having an opinion.”

via Kenneth Grange: half a century at the forefront of British design | Art and design | The Observer.

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