Misha Black

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Sir Misha Black OBE KBE (16 October 1910 – 11 October 1977) was an Russian-born British architect and designer. In 1933 he founded with associates in London the organisation that became the Artists’ International Association. In 1943, with Milner Gray, Sir Misha Black founded Design Research Unit - a London based Architectural, Graphic Design and Interior Design Company.

From 1959 to 1975 Black was a professor of industrial design at the Royal College of Art in London, England. During his tenure at the Royal College of Art, he became President of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) from 1959-1961. He was also a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers, and winner of the Minerva Medal, the Society's highest award. He was knighted in 1972.[1] Between 1974 and 1976 Black was President of the Design and Industries Association.[2]

Notable works[edit]

Black is remembered largely for his iconic design of the Westminster street name signs; the black/brown/orange/yellow moquette originally used by London Transport and also the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive in the late 1970s onwards; and for the external styling of British Railways Southern Region British Rail Class 71 electric locomotives of 1958 and Western Region British Rail Class 52 diesel locomotives of 1961. He also designed the London Underground 1967 Stock that was used on the Victoria line between 1967 and 2011.[3] On July 27, 2003 at Salisbury station, a preserved Class 52 D1015 named "Western Champion" was unveiled carrying temporary "Sir Misha Black" nameplates.[4]

Publications[edit]

  • Black, Sir Misha (1983). Blake, Avril, ed. The Black Papers on Design: Selected Writings of the Late Sir Misha Black. Pergamon Press. ISBN 0080267718. 

Personal[edit]

Black played an active part[clarification needed] in UNESCO.[citation needed] His brother was the philosopher Max Black.

Legacy[edit]

Black is commemorated in The Sir Misha Black Awards, created in 1978 by the Design and Industries Association, the Royal College of Art (RCA), the Faculty of Royal Designers for Industry (RDI), and the Royal Academy of Engineering. Recipients include prestigious design educators such as Max Bill (1982), Ettore Sottsass (1999), and Santiago Calatrava (2002).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 45678. p. 6255. 3 June 1972. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  2. ^ Misha Black at the archINFORM database
  3. ^ Bayman, Bob (2000). Underground - Official Handbook. Capital Transport. p. 66. 
  4. ^ D1015 is owned by the Diesel Traction Group

Further reading[edit]

  • Spencer, Charles Samuel (2007). "Black, Sir Misha". In Skolnik, Fred; Berenbaum, Michael. Encyclopedia Judaica. 3: Ba-Blo. Granite Hill. ISBN 9780028659312. 

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