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  • We acquired this object.

1936

  • Work on this object began.

2021

2022

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Drawing, Design for London's New Entertainment Centre

This is a drawing. It was designed by E. McKnight Kauffer.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Victoria & Albert Museum as part of Underground Modernist: E. McKnight Kauffer.

It is dated 1936. Its medium is mixed-media drawing with collage, paint, and text. It is a part of the department.


Murals were one of Kauffer’s primary contributions to the modern public interior. These early mural studies were two of many designs for a publicity campaign promoting a new exhibition and events venue. Here Kauffer uses a quadrilateral form to create an illusion of space—a two-dimensional space frame. This motif would become one of Kauffer’s signatures, used repeatedly to suggest dimensionality in his graphic works at all scales.

It is credited Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 30.5 × 54.5 cm (12 in. × 21 7/16 in.) Frame H x W x D: 78.7 × 58.1 × 4 cm (31 in. × 22 7/8 in. × 1 9/16 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Underground Modernist: E. McKnight Kauffer.

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