Activities FHD

  • Barcelona, 22nd and 23rd February 2018

    Design and Franco’s regime. II Symposium of the FHD

    The second symposium of the FHD (Design History Foundation) precisely seeks to explore the conditions in which the material and visual culture of Spain during the Franco regime were developed and how design progressed in a context of so many contradictions. The country was faced by an economy and a society in transition from the precariousness of the post-war period through to financial growth and the autarky of industrial ‘development’; a context in which culture happened in a framework of restricted liberties, isolation and also repression. Hence modernisation occurred under conditions of political exceptionality. The design and work of the professionals in this discipline went hand in hand with the dawn of mass communication, tourism and new forms of consumption, while lifestyles were about seeking alternatives to such social realities; both during periods of growth and in the crisis of the seventies.
    Objectives and program HERE 
    REGISTRATIONS ARE OPEN! Registration form

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    The symposium will take place at the Museu del Disseny Barcelona on the 22nd and 23rd February 2018

    Call for papers
    We would like to encourage historians to present 20-minute reports in which they clearly identify: a) the subjects and goals of their research, b) the methodology; c) more general causes of interest.
    Candidates must send an abstract, in no more than 300 words, of their research before 15 November 2017. Once accepted, they will receive the regulations for drafting and presenting texts.

    Collaborates: Museu del Disseny Barcelona

  • 05/02/2018 - Activities FHD

    Farewell to Anna Calvera

    On February 4, after a long illness, Anna Calvera (Barcelona, 1954) passed away. She was one of the most solid scholars and design thinkers in Spain.
    Gifted with brilliant intelligence, great memory and an unlimited work ability that allowed her to undertake any complex project, Calvera leaves an internationally recognized work in the field of theory, history and design criticism.
    In her youth she studied graphic design and philosophy in Barcelona and later moved to the University of Bologna where she met scholars such as Tomás Maldonado and Umberto Eco. Thanks to this extensive training Calvera produced a significant work in the form of articles and books. These include her original and little known PhD thesis on the breeding of Wiliam Morris’s thought (Destino, 1992); the three magnificent compilations of essays on the history of design in Barcelona that she edited between 2011 and 2017 at GRACMON; and her last, laborious book Shouts on the wall and visual poems. Josep Pla Narbona. Posters 1947-2004, published a few weeks ago by the Barcelona Museum of Design. For this museum she also curated the permanent exhibition Graphic design: from trade to profession (1940-1980).

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    Much of her professional life was devoted to teaching design, mainly at the University of Barcelona. Her great concern was to provide scientific rigor to design and struggled to make it a discipline of equal status as any that was being taught at university. She achieved that by supervising a large number of doctoral theses and her stubborn involvement in the process that led to the introduction of specific degree studies in design in the curricula of Spanish university.

    Calvera firmly believed that design is a kind of humanism, for that, in addition to her work as a researcher and teacher, we must emphasize her institutional work since we find her at the forefront of crucial institutions in the field of profession and research: she was a member of the FAD and the ADP, one of the founders of the Research Group in History of Contemporary Art and Design (GRACMON) of the UB and also a founding member of the Design History Foundation. As a result of an international meeting that she organized in Barcelona in 1999, she managed to bring together a team of scholars that would become the International Committee of Design History and Studies (ICDHS): for twenty years she would closely follow ICDHS conferences.

    With great will and determination, already quite ill, in 2017 she intended to conclude, with FHD, an encyclopedic research on design at the Roca Sanitary Corporation, to finish the monograph of Pla Narbona, to direct the latest book by GRACMON, to write an article for the scientific magazine Arcos Design and to plan down to the very last detail the ICDHS conference Back to the Future that will be held in Barcelona in October 2018.

    A restless traveler, a lover of good cuisine and a great advocate of the Mediterranean lifestyle, we will all remember her around a well set table, anywhere in the world, where she displayed her critical sense with witty comments on design, culture, politics and life.

    Isabel Campi
    President of FHD

  • 25/01/2018 - Activities FHD - Conferences

    In 2018 the ICDHS biennial conference returns to Barcelona

    This year the members of the ICDHS (International Committee of Design History and Design Studies) have decided to return to Barcelona, ​​commemorating the first edition of these congresses held in 1999.
    Organized by the Design History Foundation, along with GRACMON, the University of Barcelona and the Museu del Disseny, the congress will be held on October 29, 30 and 31 with the theme “Back to the future (The future in the past: Starting again understanding our own legacy)”.
    The themes and sessions proposed are framed in two large blocks: “Design History and Histories of Design” and “Design Studies”.
    The deadline for sending abstracts ended on January 10, with more than 200 proposals. All the information about the congress is available at the following link:

  • Terrassa, 17-18 November, 2017

    The Proceedings Book of the I Colloquium of Researchers in Textile and Fashion is now available!

    The proceedings book of the I Colloquium of Researchers in Textile and Fashion, held in November 17 and 18 of 2017 at the Center for Documentation and Textile Museum (CDMT) of Terrassa, can already be consulted on the website of the Design History Foundation. It is also possible to buy the printed book through the same website.
    To visualize the proceedings book, select here.
    The book includes the 42 communications presented in the colloquium, with the images selected by the authors, and with a very attractive design that facilitates the consultation of its more than 230 pages.

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    Cover image: Campaign La Seda de Barcelona, ​​1964. Model: Francina (courtesy Francia Díaz)


  • 13/02/2017 - Activities FHD

    Presentation of the book Indianes

    The FHD has collaborated in the publication of the book
    On Saturday 11th February 2017 the book Indianes was presented. It has been published by the gallery Portal del Llevador, and it reproduces and recreates photographically as if they were printed fabrics the original Indian drawings from the Louis Roset collection.
    The book also reproduces in facsimile format the Sample book of the factory of Josep Anton Fabregas (Igualada in 1815) and the Book of colors of Josep Anton Fàbregas (Igualada 1813).
    This edition also translated into Spanish and Catalan, has been curated by Montserrat Combalia and Remigi Combalia.

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    The FHD has helped in a grant application to the Provincial Government of Barcelona thanks to which a part of the making of the book could be financed.