Peter Murdoch (b.1940) British furniture, industrial designer

Peter Murdoch (b.1940) is a British furniture, interior, graphic, and industrial designer.

Education

He studied at the Royal College of Art, London.

Biography

He opened his studio in London in 1969. His 1964 Spotty child’s chair was widely published: its polyethene fiberboard was printed in a large polka-dot motif. A redesigned group of children’s furniture in brightly coloured plastic-coated cardboard was produced by Perspective Designs in 1967 and widely distributed in Britain and abroad. It earned Murdoch a reputation as a Pop designer. He was a consultant to Hille and Price. With Lance Wyman, he designed graphics for the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games and graphics and corporate identity programs for other clients.

Exhibitions

The Spotty child’s chair was shown at the 1965 USA ‘Industrial Design Exhibition’ in the USSR, 1970 ‘Modern Chairs 1918— 1970’ exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in London, and 1983-84 ‘Design Since 1945° exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The chair won the 1966 Gold Award from the National Fiber Box Manufacturers in the USA. The redesigned children’s furniture range won the 1968 Council of Industrial Design Annual Award in Britain.

Sources

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing. https://amzn.to/3ElmSlL

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