Christian Barman (1898–1980) was a key first-generation British industrial designer during the interwar years. He is best known for his 1936 electric iron for HMV, which he designed in 1933.
He studied architecture at Liverpool University and ran his practice until Frank Pick invited him to join London Transport as a Publicity Officer in 1935.
Until 1941, he was a central figure in presenting the company’s design plan. Under Pick’s leadership, the latter had undergone a period of radical innovation in construction, facilities, advertising, graphic design, and street furniture.
Electric Fan Heater
By the middle of the 1930s, electric home heaters were being made, but the market was geared towards homes with more money, which could afford to instal and run this new form of home power. The example below is a convection heater. It works by pulling in cool air with a fan, heating it, and returning it to the room.
Barman made this heater for the company His Master’s Voice, which later became known as HMV.
Barman was head of publicity for the British Transport Commission from 1947 to 1963, after working as assistant director of Postwar Construction at the Ministry of Works and publicity officer for the Great Western Railway.
In 1948, he was appointed a Royal Designer for Industry. From 1949 to 1950, he was president of the Society of Industrial Artists (see Chartered Society of Designers). In 1963, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire. He also edited the Architectural Review and the Architects’ Journal. He wrote many design books, including Early British Railways and Frank Pick: The Man Who Designed London Transport (1979).
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