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29.11.2010 12:44 Age: 5 yrs
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Design for longevity - Foster & Gane

Obsolescence is designed into most of our products: flat screens, electric toothbrushes, CD players, MP3 players, toys, games, mobile phones. They all go down a one way street into landfill, incinerators and down-cycling. None of them can be repaired or upgraded. The new iPhone will last us two years and we are already looking forward to the next and more exciting model. 


There is a trend however to re-use products and to seek out items and artefacts which are unique, well designed and last for long time.

Foster & Gane recently launched their online shop which offers unusual decorative antiques and 20th century vintage from around the world, which can be mixed together for 21st century homes.

Val Foster who started the business is passionate about interiors, antiques as well as 20th century design classics. Whether you are looking for something different as a present, hoping to treat yourself, or buying to sell on, Foster & Gane have gathered a collection of quirky and beautiful objects that you will not see on the high street. They are unique and designed to last.


The vase in the picture on the left was designed by Keith Murray who was born in New Zealand in 1892 and trained as an architect in London. He designed glass, branched into silver design for Mappin & Webb and then ceramics in a partnership with Wedgwood in the '30s and early '40s, before returning to architecture full time. Murray's modernist designs, concentrating on shape and form, encapsulated 'simplified, classical hand-worked forms, emphasising their inherent beauty'. His work was first shown in London in 1933 and led to him becoming one of Europe's pioneering designers, winning a gold medal at the Milan Triennale the same year and showing in exhibitions at the Royal Academy and the V&A in the '30s and '40s, with a one-man exhibition at the Medici Galleries in London in 1935. In 1936 he was awarded the distinction of Royal Designer for Industry by the Royal Society of Arts. Recent exhibitions of his work in England and New Zealand have prompted a rise in auction prices and his work is now keenly sought after by collectors world wide.


For the online shop please go to www.fosterandgane.co.uk (There is still time for a bit of Christmas shopping.)


The online shop for Foster & Gane was designed by SUSTINENDI, technology development and implementation by www.llgaeu.net