Experience life and design in the Fifties with Robert Welch and co.

Robert Welch Designs has created a giant, metre-long replica of its iconic Campden toast rack for major new exhibition Britain in the Fifties: Design and Aspiration at the Compton Verney art gallery, Warwickshire.

The exhibition, which runs until 2 October, sees the giant Campden toast rack perched on top of a stand replicating its original 1956 packaging, and positioned in the atrium to greet visitors as they arrive.


Britain in the 50s, photo by Jamie Woodley

Britain in the Fifties explores the history of post-war design through the experiences of the average British couple. The 1950s was a time when Britain, emerging from years of austerity and rationing, led the world in the quality and innovation of its decorative and applied arts – a time when good design became accessible to all.

The exhibition looks at all aspects of 1950s design, both inside and outside the home. Robert Welch Designs’ original Campden range of products will be displayed alongside Lucienne Day’s furnishing fabrics, Horrockses’ dresses, Ken Wood’s Kenwood Chef and Alec Issigonis’ Mini, in a thorough examination of design in Britain sixty years ago.


Britain in the 50s, photo by Jamie Woodley

Robert Welch Designs’ iconic toast rack is symbolic of the design innovation of the era, and to mark its 60th anniversary this year the award-winning product has been reproduced as a limited edition. Crafted from Sheffield stainless steel, the toast rack is being sold in the Compton Verney shop alongside a range of modern breakfast homeware products from Robert Welch Designs.

For more information please email Lizzie Colville at Caro Communications.

Britain in the Fifties: Design and Aspiration is open now and runs until Sunday 2 October 2016, at Compton Verney, Warwickshire, CV35 9HZ.