Still Modern After All These Years

Christopher Dresser: Design Pioneer

Max Donnelly

Thames & Hudson

The latest edition in the V&A Artists in Focus series focuses on one of the most influential British designers of all time and the country’s first independent industrial designer, whose timeless work, covering everything from teapots, textiles and wallpapers to carpets, ceramics and furniture, still looks modern more than a century later. While advocating the honest use of materials, Dresser (1834–1904) fully embraced industrial techniques in designing for the growing consumer market. His fascination with Japanese arts and his belief that ornament should be geometrical in form resulted in a range of minimalist designs.

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