From There to Modernity : A Design History Course

Nick Pearson

12 Sep - 21 Nov

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Course £100 (Pay As You Go: £12.50)

Class details

Want to know more about modern design? Join us for a new course on design history, From There to Modernity, with Nick Pearson.


12 September – 21 November (10 weeks) (no session on 19 September)

11am – 1pm

Course Fee: £100 (£12.50 per week)

Nick traces the development of design from the mid-19th century into the 21st, in this informative, enjoyable, ten-week, lavishly illustrated lecture course.

We shall explore the major designers who created the looks and functions that still have an effect on the

  • modern buildings we live or work in
  • furniture we buy
  • things we use everyday

We shall also look at the modern art, technological changes and world cultural, social and political events that
influenced the design of modern times including

  • the 1851 Great Exhibition
  • mass industrialisation
  • two world wars
  • Cubism
  • Futurism
  • the Ballets Russes
  • international events, such as the Paris International Exposition of 1925, the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933–34, and the 1951 Festival of Britain

Course Content

12 Sept : Week 1

The Beginnings of Modern Design – Arts & Crafts Movement and Art Nouveau

26 Sept : Week 2

Into the 1920s: De Stijl, Bauhaus and Russian Constructivism

3 Oct : Week 3

The 1920s and 30s: The Paris International Expo and Art Deco

10 Oct : Week 4

The Modern Movement Spreads (Part 1)

17 Oct : Week 5

The Modern Movement Spreads (Part 2)

24 Oct : Week 6

1940s–50s (Austerity to Optimism) – ‘New Look’ and the Festival of Britain

31 Oct : Week 7

America, Robin & Lucienne Day and 1960s Design Icons

7 Nov : Week 8

Scandinavian Modern Design (Part1)

14 Nov : Week 9

Scandinavian Modern Design (Part2) and New Architecture

21 Nov : Week 10

Postmodern Design – Neville Brody, Vivienne Westwood (and other mould-breakers who looked beyond the avant-garde)

Each week after the lecture, Nick emails you the notes he used which you can use to help you research the topics covered in our course From There to Modernity.

We look forward to seeing you.


Course Details

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Dates: 12 Sep - 21 Nov
Monday 11:00 am
Fees: Course £100 (Pay As You Go: £12.50)

About the tutor

Nick Pearson

Nick is an internationally exhibited artist and an enthusiastic lecturer. He has a passion for art of all period and teaches at various levels in schools, colleges, universities and adult learning centres; including

  • London College of Contemporary Art
  • Richmond Art School
  • OPEN Ealing
  • University of Oxford
  • Northampton University
  • Bradford College of Art

His artistic practice encompasses sculpture, drawing and photographic work. He creates large, wall-based works which explore formal relationships through shape and colour, often with a kind of abstract visual humour – but as in all collage, each constituent part has its own history and poetic meaning. Nick uses everyday objects in his artwork which he has often found or which have been discarded.

For more information on his work and exhibitions visit his website:

To book special, private tours (for birthdays, corporate events, etc) please email him:

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