In January 2009, 23 years after its inception and much to the dismay of the British design industry, legendary Sheffield studio The Designers Republic closed its doors. "We'd lost a couple of clients," founder Ian Anderson said at the time, "didn't win a couple of pitches, got a tax bill that should have been sorted out and wasn't."
Anderson, though, made something of a swift recovery, and within a few months TDR was back, as keen as ever to produce the brightly-coloured, maximalist work on which its reputation has steadily grown since the '80s.
Now, Sheffield gallery A Month of Sundays is paying homage to the studio with a novel new exhibition idea: a design show-cum-garage sale packed full with TDR memorabilia, all of which will be available for purchase.
TDR: Car Booty Affair will include a vast collection of eclectic and rare archive pieces – records, flyers, t-shirts, posters and books, not to mention a whole load of other miscellaneous objects far more difficult to categorise. If you're a fan (and, trust us, you're not the only one) why not head down to the gallery from October 6 onwards and pick yourself up a bargain.
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