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Christopher Dresser: Design Pioneer
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Christopher Dresser: Design Pioneer (Hardback)

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Christopher Dresser (1834-1904) was one of the most influential British designers of all time and he is widely regarded as Britain's first independent industrial designer. His works still look remarkably modern more than a century later. Like his contemporary William Morris, Dresser advocated for an 'honesty of materials', but unlike Morris he fully embraced industrial techniques, designing for the growing consumer market. Dresser's fascination with the arts of Japan and his advocacy of Owen Jones's principle that ornament should be geometrical in form resulted in a range of designs that look surprisingly minimal for their time. Affordable, well-designed, functional and commercially successful, the objects that Dresser designed - wallpapers, textiles, carpets, ceramics, furniture and, most famously, metalwork - were industrially produced by manufacturers across the UK, the US and continental Europe.



This compact, beautifully produced book on the work of Christopher Dresser begins with a brief introduction to his life and work before presenting 75 of his most important pieces, each accompanied by a narrative-style caption. It will appeal to anyone interested in modern design.

Architecture & DesignDesign & DesignersIndividual designersArt, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryArt, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryIndividual designers Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd Publication Date: 17/06/2021 ISBN-13: 9780500480700  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Max Donnelly is Curator of Nineteenth-Century Furniture in the Department of Furniture, Textiles and Fashion at the V&A. He has contributed to C. F . A. Voysey: Arts and Crafts Designer and The Story of Scottish Design (V&A/T&H).

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