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Can a function follow form?

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1989 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Vinton, Marcus, born 1962 (maker)
    BBH (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Offset lithograph in laminated melinex

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 62, box C

Physical description

An invitation, in the form of a limited edition poster, to the opening of the Design Museum at Butlers Wharf, London, 4 July 1989. The design of the poster incorporates the image of the Lexicon 80 typewriter designed by Marcello Nizzolli for Olivetti in 1948. On the back is a map of the Design Museum's location.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1989 (made)


Vinton, Marcus, born 1962 (maker)
BBH (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Offset lithograph in laminated melinex

Marks and inscriptions

'this limited edition advertisement was created for the Design Museum by Bartle Bogle Hegarty.'



Height: 42.3 cm, Width: 30.3 cm

Descriptive line

Poster by Marcus Vinton and Bartle Bogle Hegarty Ltd., 'Can a function follow form?', an invitation to the opening of the Design Museum, offset lithograph in laminated melinex, Great Britain, 1989

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1991

Production Note

Art Director is Marcus Vinton


Paper; Melinex


Offset lithography; Laminating

Subjects depicted

Exhibition; Map; Typewriter


Posters; Prints; Designs


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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