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Design for Living

Do the British have style? Find out at the Victoria and Albert Museum's revamped British Galleries, which opened last week on the day the museum abolished entrance charges. It was time for a change — the objects had been gathering dust since the original opening after World War II, and something had to be done to top the rival Tate Britainĺs recent $45 million refit.

The V&A's facelift, which cost $44 milion, has blown the cobwebs off. A giant spyhole has been cut in the first floor to reveal two levels at once. The 3,000 exhibits, dating from...

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