• XII Triennale 1960 – Home and School
    It is referred to as the world’s most important cultural exhibit. The 1960 Triennale was the 12th to be held since 1930, and was created around the themes, “Home and School.” It was held during the middle to the “Cold War, and nations from both sides of the ‘Iron Curtain’Read More →
  • Ray Eames an American Designer
    Ray Eames (b. Bernice Alexandra Kaiser 1912-88) was an American designer. She was born in Sacramento, California. She was the wife of Charles Eames. In creative partnership with her spouse Charles Eames and the Eames Office, she was responsible for groundbreaking contributions in the field of architecture, furniture design, industrialRead More →
  • Italian Association for Industrial Design (ADI) (Associazione per il Disegno Industriale)
    The Association of Industrial Design (Associazione per il Disegno Industriale) (ADI) Since 1956, has brought together designers, companies, researchers, teachers, critics, journalists around the themes of Italian industrial design. It is the lead organisation of the development of industrial design as a cultural and economic phenomenon in Italy. What isRead More →
  • Ole Wanscher Danish architect and furniture designer
    Ole Wanscher was a Danish architect, furniture designer, and writer. In 1944, studied Bygningsteknisk Skole; subsequently, architecture, Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi, Copenhagen. He set up his own office in 1928. He designed furniture showing high standards of woodworking and cabinetmaking and worked for several furniture firms in Copenhagen. Pair ofRead More →
  • Flavio Conti Italian architect and designer
    Flavio Conti is an Italian architect and designer; born Legnago, Verona; active Milan.  He studied architecture, Politecnico di Milano to 1968. Conti began his professional career in 1969. From 1969, was an editor at journal Arredamento-Interni. From 1970, was editor and, from 1972, director of his magazine; from 1973, was professor,Read More →
  • Swedish Glass Design is inventive and well crafted
    Well crafted and masterfully designed glassworks have become one of Swedish design’s most recognisable and sought-after products. Since World War II, both in terms of design and production, Orrefors Kosta Boda and numerous other speciality glassmakers have gained Sweden a worldwide reputation for quality and sophistication. But, despite the fameRead More →
  • Slipware Pottery – what is it?
    Slipware is pottery known by its primary decorating method in which slip is added before firing by dipping, painting or splashing on the leather-hard clay body surface. Slip is an aqueous clay body suspension that is a combination of clays and other minerals, such as quartz, feldspar, and mica. ARead More →
  • Riihimaki Glass – Finnish Glass Factory
    Riihimäki Glass was a Finnish glass factory. The factory, established in 1810 for the production of domestic glassware, began production of window glass in 1919. It purchased various small factories, including the factory in which the Finnish Glass Museum is located today. After buying the Kaukalahti glassworks in 1927, RiihimakiRead More →
  • Angelo Testa American fabric designer
    Angelo Testa was an American fabric designer. He studied at the Institute of Design, Chicago, to 1945. As well as being a fabric designer, he was a painter and sculptor. He designed the 1941 Little Man abstract floral fabric, widely published and hailed as a new direction in textile design.Read More →
  • A Century of Progress International Exposition – Chicago 1933 – 1934
    A Century of Progress International Exposition, also known as the World’s Fair in Chicago, was a World’s Fair held from 1933 to 1934 in Chicago, Illinois, the United States. Registered under the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the fair celebrated the centennial anniversary of the city. Technological progress was theRead More →
  • William Blenko and Blenko Glassware
    William John Blenko (1854-1926) was British glassmaker. He completed his apprenticeship in a London bottle factory at the age of 10 and studied French and chemistry at night school. In 1890, he introduced Norman slab-type stained glass for a Norfolk church. Several Setbacks He settled in Kokomo, Indiana, but returnedRead More →
  • Hans Poelzig German architect and designer
    Hans Poelzig was a German architect and designer, he was born in Berlin. Between 1888-95, studied Technische Hochschule, Berlin Charlottenburg and Technische Hocschule, Berlin, under Karl Schäffer. Between 1899-1916, he worked in his own office in Breslau (now Wroclaw, Poland) and, 1900-16, taught at the Kunst- und Kunstgewerbeschule (after 1911,Read More →
  • René Kieffer – French Bookbinder
    René Kieffer was a French bookbinder and publisher; active Paris. He studied Ecole Estienne, Paris, in 1889. He was a gilder at the Chambolle-Duru bindery for ten years. In 1903, set up his workshop at 99 boulevard St-Germain, Paris. Later he moved to 41 rue St-Andre-des-Arts and finally, in 1910,Read More →
  • Frechet Brothers French decorators and furniture designers
    Andre Frechet (1875-1973) and Paul Frechet were French decorators and furniture designers. They were born in Chalons-sur-Mame; and active in Paris. Working together and individually from 1906, the Frechet brothers’ furniture designs were produced by various firms including Jacquemin freres in Strasbourg, E. Verot, and Charles Jean-selme; 1909-11. Andre wasRead More →
  • Johnson Chou Canadian Designer and Architect
    Johnson Chou, a graduate of the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, was employed during his internship and in the mid-nineties at several architectural firms; however, he deviated briefly from his professional direction to pursue the visual arts. He co-founded Archive Inc in 1996. Gallery & Art Library in theRead More →
  • Pertuu Mentula Finnish architect and interior designer
    Perttu Mentula was a Finnish architect and interior, exhibition, product, graphic, and furniture designer. Career Summary Between 1958-60, studied Taideteollinen Korkeakoulu, Helsinki. 1958-60, he was active as an interior and product designer in the offices of Antti Nurmesniemi and Timo Sarpaneva, and of Toivo Korkonen and Reino Lamminsoila, all Helsinki;Read More →
  • Eames chair is 64 years old
    B.Billy Wilder, the filmmaker, got the first one. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of India also had one. And so did the father of the American comic strip, “Dennis the Menace.” Ownership of an elegant yet comfortable piece of furniture that was developed about 65 years ago was what this strangeRead More →
  • Shimmer Chair by Gary Marinko
    The Shimmer Chair creation was a result of a joint partnership between the University of Western Australia and the Forest Products Commission of the Government of Western Australia undertaken by the Advanced Timber Concepts Research Centre (ATC). ATC’s overall goal is to establish outstanding practises in the area of environmentalRead More →
  • Carme Pinós spanish architect and designer
    After gaining international acclaim for her work with Enric Miralles, Carme Pinós set up her studio in 1991. She has worked on various projects since then, ranging from urban refurbishments and public works to the design of furniture. At the same time the Barcelona architecture has developed her brand and reputationRead More →
  • Linoleum created as an inexpensive floor covering
    Frederick Walton invented linoleum in Britain in 1860. Walton coated flax cloth with a combination of gum, cork dust, resin and linseed oil in search of a cheap floor covering. An amalgamation of the Latin Linum (‘flax’) and oleum (‘oil’) formed the word linoleum. ‘Floor Cloth’ was created by applying an oil-based paint toRead More →
  • Ro Chair designed by Jamie Hayon
    Ro is the result of a close, two-year relationship between the Republic of Fritz Hansen and Jamie Hayon. Fritz Hansen intended the design brief for Jamie Hayon to build a comfortable seat for one person. Jaime Hayon drew a series of sketches with this in mind, which formed the startRead More →
  • Jamie Hayon Spanish artist and designer
    Jaime Hayon, a Spanish artist and designer, was born in Madrid in 1974. In the ‘Mediterranean Digital Baroque’ and ‘Mon Cirque’ installations, he first totally revealed his artistic vision. In the sense of contemporary design culture, these collections placed Jaime at the forefront of a new wave that blurred theRead More →
  • Thrown Pottery and the pottery wheel
    A leading development in the world of craft and design that took some time to arrive is the pottery wheel. The wheels of early potters were more like ‘Lazy Susans’ or ‘Turntables’ that were spun by hand to make it easier to make a pot. Like the current potters’ wheel,Read More →
  • A Buyers Guide to costume jewellery
    Costume jewellery has always been a popular gift; it becomes more popular in difficult economic times.   The better-known makers offer better quality. “Gold” that comes off on the skin or with a fingernail is painted, and “crystal” that shatter at a touch is glass, and not very good quality. InRead More →
  • Edward Taylor and Ruskin Pottery
    Background The Arts and Craft movement took place at the end of the 19th century it connected many outstanding creative talents across Europe and North America. It responded to the dehumanising trends of industrialisation by rediscovering the dignity of labour in workshops, influenced by an idealised vision of the MiddleRead More →
  • 8 Beautiful Scandinavian Coffee Pots
    The British Museum collection has over two million records. The search is intuitive and now offers suggestions as you type. The following selection are some beautifully designed coffee-pots with that clean, elegant nordic appeal.Read More →
  • Hertha Hillfon Swedish Ceramicist
    Bio from Swedish Wikipedia article translated with Google Translate and edited with Grammarly Hertha Maria Lillemor Hillfon, born Forsberg 2 June 1921 in Säbrå parish in Ångermanland, she died 25 October 2013 in Hägersten in Stockholm, was a Swedish ceramicist and sculptor.   Biography   Hertha Hillfon grew up as the fourth of fourteen children. The familyRead More →
  • Maison Gripoix costume jeweller – glass with class
    Maison Gripoix, a French costume jeweller, was located in Paris. Around 1890, Maison Gripoix sold glass beads and buttons wholesale. Subsequently, specialised in handmade imitations of precious and semi-precious jewels, including parures for Sarah Bernhardt. When the molten glass is poured into a mould, rather than through the kiln-firing ofRead More →
  • Ronald Grierson British, textile, carpet and wallpaper designer
    Ronald Grierson was a British designer of textiles, carpets, and wallpaper. He studied at the Hammersmith School of Art and Grosvenor School of Modern Art. He designed the posters and interiors between 1927 and 1928. He learned to weave early in the 1930s. Jean Orage weaved some of his rugsRead More →
  • Francis H. Bacon American Furniture and Interior Designer
    Francis H. Bacon (1856-1940) was the American designer of furniture and interior design; active Boston; architect Henry Bacon’s brother. He studied at the College of Technology of Massachusetts, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1877. He travelled to Europe from 1878 to 1879, working briefly as a draughtsman in the offices of McKim,Read More →
  • Laura Ashley the story of british fabric and fashion designer
    Born in Merthyr Tydfil, Laura Ashley was a British fashion and fabric designer. The wholesome approach of Ashley to fabric design embodied the old-fashioned ideals of family , home and an unhurried environment where at bedtime someone always comes to tuck you in. Not only because of her inspired talent,Read More →
  • Ceramics by En Iwamura
    Biography In 1988, En Iwamura was born in Kyoto, Japan. He grew up in an artistic setting under the influence of both parents, who are painters. He started to be involved in the international art world after graduating with a BFA in craft at the Kanazawa College of Art andRead More →
  • Bernard Howell Leach British Potter
    Born in Hong Kong, Bernhard Howell Leach was a British ceramicist. He had his headquarters in St Ives, Cornwall and Devon. At the Slade School of Fine Art, London, he studied painting. He went to Japan to teach art at the age of 21. He lived in Japan from 1909,Read More →
  • Agitrop art – Design and Art Term
    Agitprop art (or the art of agitation). Art was used to manipulate ideological beliefs, specifically to spread the ideals of Communism in Russia in the period immediately following the 1917 revolution. The term ‘agitprop’ (an abbreviation for agitation propaganda: ‘agitational propaganda’) was first used shortly after the Revolution, and theRead More →
  • Hervé Van der Straeten – French Designer revives craftsmanship of the past
    The French design world was excited by artists back in the 1930s and 1940s who created modern objects that combined up-to-the-minute allure with the authenticity of traditional crafts: hand-worked bronze, painstakingly applied lacquer layers, meticulously matched and polished wood. Interior shown in Interiors Magazine Skills like that may be dyingRead More →
  • Mario Belllini Italy’s most versatile designer
    Mario Bellini is one of Italy’s most versatile designers. Trained as an architect, he is known for his furniture and industrial design work. The new forms he developed for contemporary technology and furniture objects inspired designers internationally. Bellini, who lives and works in Milan, where he was born in 1935,Read More →
  • Memphis design – it has little to do with Tennessee
    Memphis was a movement in interior design introduced at the annual Milan Furniture Fair in 1981. It consisted of a group led by Memphis guru Ettore Sottass of avant-garde Italian designers. With outrageous interpretations of traditional furnishings and accessories, Memphis shocked the traditionally quiet industry. They also grabbed all theRead More →
  • Buckminster Fuller compared to Leonardo da Vinci
    Buckminster Fuller was a preacher as much as an architect, a town crier as a scientist. He was among the first minds of the twentieth century to see that every aspect of a man’s physical environment was connected to every other. He believed that we could uncover entire worlds outRead More →
  • Art Nouveau antidote to mass production and consumerism
    It has been said about fashion today that “everything old is new again.” This is the case with Art Nouveau. The French term “new art” refers to the style of architecture and commercial and decorative art that was introduced at the end of the 19th century. The style has beenRead More →
  • Suzanne Guiguichon French Furniture Designer
    Suzanne Guiguichon was a French furniture designer and decorator. She was born and worked in Paris. Since 1929 she worked as a designer with Maurice Dufrene at the Galeries Lafayette design studio La Maitrise in Paris. Most of the furniture, clocks, lighting, fabrics, rugs, accessories Guiguichon designed anonymously.Read More →
  • Société des Artistes Décorateurs (Society of Decorative Artists) – France
    The creation in 1901 of the Société des Artistes Décorateurs (SAD) reflected the increasing significance in France of this new profession of Decorative Arts. This resulted from a series of government-funded projects carried out in the fine and applied arts schools of France to improve the status of applied artsRead More →
  • René-André Coulon furniture with tempered glass
    René-André Coulon was a furniture designer from France. He did architectural studies until 1937. In his work, Coulon integrated tempered glass, some of which Hagnauer, Vienna, made. He designed the interior furniture of Adnet for Saint-Gobain.Read More →
  • Bailey Street Design changes name to encyclopedia.design
    After five years of posting and blogging as the Director of Bailey Street Design, I have decided to take the blog in a different direction. This move has been evolving for some time, and I have developed clarity with the new site direction over the last six months. The glaringRead More →
  • Suzanne Belperron French Jewellery Designer
    Suzanne Belporren was a French jewellery designer. Her career flourished in the 1920s and 1930s. Belperron produced numerous designs of sculptured jewellery for René Boivin’s Paris shop. She subsequently opened her own Paris shop called Herz-Belperron. Her designs often featured glass encrusted with gemstones.Read More →
  • Carlo Guiliano Italian Goldsmith and Jeweller
    Carlo Guiliano was an Italian jeweller and goldsmith who was born in Naples and worked in London. In 1860, Guiliano settled in London and worked for Harry Emanuel. He collaborated with Castellani Italian Jewellers on at least one piece of jewellery. In the archaeological or Etruscan style, he was a talented jeweller. He developed his distinctive style, which was copied a lot in the 1880s and 1890s. The Italian-born Pasquale Novissimo, Guiliano’s assistant, created such delicate enamel decoration on Guillano ‘s pieces that they were difficult to copy.Read More →
  • Vlastislav Hofman Czech Architect, Designer and Artist
    Vlastislav Hofman (1884 – 1964) was a Czech architect, designer and artist. He studied at the Czech Technical University. He worked in the building department of the Prague magistrate. He was a member of the Artel Cooperative and Mánes Association of Plastic Artists. In 1911 he left Mánes and joined the group of plastic artists. He wrote a number of theoretical articles for magazines. In 1912, he left the group and returned to Mánes. Read More →
  • William Gray Purcell American architect and furniture designer
    William Gray Purcell was an American architect and furniture designer. He was active in Minneapolis and Philadelphia.Read More →
  • Carl Hugo Pott – German Metal Worker and Silversmith Designer
    Carl Pott studied design and metallurgy at technical school in Solingen and Forschungsinitut unf Profieramt für Edelmetalle, Schwäbisch-Gmünd.Read More →
  • Serge Mouille French Lighting Designer
    Serge Mouille was a French Lighting Designer; he was born and active in Paris. Mouille studied silversmithing, École des Artes Appliqués, Paris to 1941.Read More →
  • Paul Howard Manship – American Sculptor
    Paul Howard Manship was an American Sculptor. He was influenced by Hindu and Buddhist Indian Sculpture. He began his artistic education at the St. Paul School of Art in Minnesota, and he attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts before moving onto New York City’s Art Student League. Throughout his subsequent career, he created more than 700 sculptural pieces in stone and marble.Read More →