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Thomas Cubbin


The Design
Visiting address
Kristinelundsgatan 6-8
41137 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 131
40530 Göteborg

About Thomas Cubbin

Tom Cubbin is a design historian whose work explores issues relating to creative and artistic freedom. Tom has a background in Russian and Soviet studies, and his book Soviet Critical Design (Bloomsbury, 2019) charts the development artistic design in the late Soviet Union. His current research project Crafting Desire: An international design history of gay male fetish making (Funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond 2019-2022) is a case study that explores the formation of communities of practice within the gay leather scene. The project encompasses Tom’s broad interest in questions relating to designerly experimentation that spans the hand-crafted to mass-made.

Since 2016, Tom has worked closely with education in the BA, MA programmes in design at HDK-Valand, and has been primarily responsible for introducing design studies to the curriculum.

Tom holds a PhD from the University of Sheffield, and an MA in History of Design from the Royal College of Art in London, where he has also worked as a visiting lecturer in the school of Critical and Historical Studies.