Refreshingly vintage. Rediscover the lost world of Lana's postwar design classics.
We love rare finds. Lana McKinnon is a forgotten star of the postwar British design zeitgeist. Part of the arts and crafts set, MacKinnon was a cherished textile designer of her time. A hit in the '40s and '50s, her quirky and engaging style led her to work along side design greats such as Patrick Heron and Graham Sutherland. She went on to enjoy commissions for V&A's celebrated 1946 'Britain Can Make It' exhibition as well as for the prestigious Festival of Britain. Born in 1920s Scotland, it was Lana's early travels to Scandinavia and then Paris which established her signature style. The world was robbed of her talent when she died at the age of only 44.
It has taken Lana's family years to research her archive and, in collaboration with Glasgow School of Art, have recently helped remaster her finest designs so that they can be available to new audiences. It is unusual to find such beautiful examples of postwar design which haven't already enjoyed years of exposure, so we are really lucky to have these fresh and beautiful images to offer at Surface View. Already featured in the likes of Elle Decoration and Homes and Antiques, expect to see a lot more of Lana from now on.