Handbag, British, 1925–35

Suede and chrome

‘Form follows function’ was the maxim of early twentieth-century architecture and design. The elimination of unnecessary detail and decoration can be seen in the work of artists and designers as diverse as Mondrian, Le Corbusier and Chanel. This stunning red suede bag avoids decorative embellishment and relies on block colour, geometric form and simplicity in design to achieve beauty.
Accession Number: SHM.2010.L.152

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