MULTISTORY @ The Doodle Bar
Sarah Teasley
Wed 15th January 7pm

CSA is pleased to announce the third in our new occasional series of MULTISTORY talks and events hosted by our Professor of Architecture, Will Alsop in London at The Doodle Bar, Battersea. These intimate monthly events compliment the weekly MULTISTORY series held at UCA Canterbury and provide an opportunity for students and staff to get together informally with alumni, friends and collaborators based in London.

Dr. Sarah Teasley is Reader in Design History and Theory at the Royal College of Art. Her research uses case studies from the history of product and furniture design and manufacturing to consider broader issues in design, society and technology today. Her books include Global Design History (Routledge, 2011) and Designing Modern Japan (Reaktion, 2014). She is Associate Editor of the journal Design and Culture (Berg), and speaks and publishes widely in Europe, Asia and America.



Designing Modern Japan

Hello Kitty, Toyota, Issey Miyake—evidence of Japanese design surrounds us, but we know little about the design industries, education, or consumer industries in Japan itself. Placing key developments in fashion, textiles, graphics, vehicles, and crafts into their broader historical context, Sarah Teasley demonstrates how modern Japanese design is at once a local phenomenon, forged from conditions and historical moments in Japan and East Asia, and a global one, illuminating trends and issues worldwide.

Starting in the nineteenth century and continuing to the present day, Designing Modern Japan explores how geopolitics, the global export market, and the adoption of new technologies led the Japanese government to identify design as a central economic and diplomatic strategy. Teasley reflects on the impact of colonial expansion and rising militarism on design practice and material culture in the decades before 1945 and charts designers’ contributions to postwar Japan’s economic growth. She also addresses design’s potential to assuage current challenges in Japan, such as an aging population, economic stagnation, and environmental crisis. Mining a rich array of texts and images never before available in English, Designing Modern Japan offers unparalleled insight into the factors shaping design’s development and how designers helped form the country as we know it today.


The talk is free and will start at 7pm.

Directions to the Doodle Bar can be found below.

CSA is offering free coach travel for students and staff, departing from UCA Canterbury at 12 noon sharp providing time for a walking tour in London prior to the lecture and returning at approximately 1030pm. UCA Students can register for the bus by contacting Jane Molyneux



The Doodle Bar

33 Parkgate Road

Battersea, London

SW11 4NP


Sarah’s talk is free and open to all. If you wish to attend and are not travelling on the UCA bus please let The Doodle Bar know by emailing