Misha Black, 1910-1977
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Collection : People
Reference number : 1996/5719
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Born in Baku, Russia, Misha Black came to England in 1912, where he was educated at the Dame Alice Owen School.
Black began designing posters at the age of seventeen. In 1928 he designed the stand for the Rio Tinto Company at the Seville Exhibition. In 1933 he joined Charles and Henry Bassett and Milner Gray, the forerunner of Industrial Design Partnership and the Design Research Unit in London.
The Festival of Britain established Misha Black as one of the foremost exhibition designers in the country and he worked on many varied design projects throughout Britain. Black designed everything from saucepans to staircases. His work for LT included designing the Victoria line, for which he commissioned a new moquette design from Marianne Straub, although in the event it was not used on the Victoria line trains.
One of his last designs was for decorative panels at Baker Street Station in 1975.
He was knighted in 1972.
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Bacu, Russia (now Azerbaijan)
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- Designed posters for London Transport : 1936-1947