Rawsthorn’s successor should build on her efforts

Alice Rawsthorn’s departure from the design museum is a shame. I feel her penchant for Prada dresses and flower arranging did not go down well with the boys on the board. But, if this is so, they have missed a trick. Alice raised the profile of the design museum massively. She mixed high design aesthetics with popular culture, added social comment and promoted a new generation of designers.

Her successor should build on these rich beginings and continue to make brave decisions, which are the lifeblood of great design.

Valerie Wickes, Chief executive and creative director, View, London W1D

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