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Stephen Bayley Taste

Thu 26th April 2018
6.30pm - 7.30pm
Stratford ArtsHouse

How do we define ‘taste’? The only certainty is that it shifts and changes – sometimes abruptly. With the explosion of vulgar consumerism in the mid-19th century, the Victorians seized upon the notion of ‘good taste’ as a way of codifying middle-class mores. A century later, to talk about taste had become almost taboo, since judgments made about dress, manners, food and art can often be painfully revealing. And today? Stephen Bayley, author, critic, columnist, consultant, broadcaster, curator, updates his 1991 classic on taste. Bayley was a founding director of the influential Design Museum in London. Over the past thirty years his writing has changed the way the world thinks about design. He is the author of Death Drive, about the often fatal allure of the car, which was one the most talked about books of 2016.

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