Designing the Decades - Designing the 80s

The series charting modern design in Britain through the latter half of the 20th century looks at the 1980s, a time characterised by yuppies, shoulder pads and excess cash. Stories include designer Paul Smith, a look at the ultimate 80s status symbols - the filofax, Porsche 911, Sony Walkman, Amstrad computers - and the most expensive building Britain had ever seen, Lloyds of London. With contributions from Paul Smith, Janet Street-Porter, Richard Rogers, James Dyson, Alan Sugar and Christopher Frayling.


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  • Director Louise Hooper
  • Producer Mary Sackville-West