Covered Soup Tureen and Ladle 1880 by Christopher Dresser

Dresser was a one-of-a-kind designer in the nineteenth century. He is regarded as a forerunner of modern industrial design, creating simple, practical things for mass production when colleagues like William Morris and John Ruskin advocated a return to craft production based on the mediaeval guild model.Read More →

Linoleum 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 Latinย Linumย (‘flax’) andย oleumย (‘oil’) formed the word linoleum.Read More →

Edward Bawden - Liverpool Street Station, 1961. Lithograph

Edward Bawden was a British painter, illustrator, and graphic artist. Bawden studied at the Cambridge School of Art from 1919 to 1922 and at the Royal College of Art from 1922 to 1925, where Paul Nash was one of his teachers and Eric Ravilious was a close friend. Read More →

Matthew Hilton furniture

Hilton graduated from Kingston Polytechnic in 1979 after attending Portsmouth College of Art and then Kingston Polytechnic. He worked as an industrial designer and model maker till 1984 after graduating.Read More →

William Bower Dalton ceramics

He was the principal of Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts from 1899 to 1919. He was the curator of the South London Art Gallery during and after this time. Dalton was just 31 years old when he arrived at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts in 1899. He’d done well to land the position in such a competitive environment โ€“ there were 71 other candidates.Read More →

Phlox Collection featured image

Okamura has unveiled Phlox, designed by Rainlight in the UK. Phlox was named after the unique Night Phlox flower and inspired by a close-up view into our natural world, welcoming its gentle influence and naturally curved arcs.Read More →

Sofa centre-piece featured image

The Sofa is without a doubt the most noticeable piece of furniture in the living room, and its reign as the centrepiece has long been unchallenged. This furniture standard may appear to have been around for a long time, yet it was once just a notion in someone’s head before it gained popularity and international recognition. Read More →

Sinclair Microcomputer featured image

Sinclair ZX80 microcomputer, personal computer, plastic/metal / electrical components, made by Sinclair Computer Ltd, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, 1980. Sinclair ZX80 personal computer, or home computer, is a white plastic unit encasing a single printed circuit board. A small black keypad is located on the front of the unit. A QWERTY keyboard is formed by a black sheet of plastic printed in grey and red, with each key having various purposes.Read More →

David Gentleman - Postage Stamp

His subjects are paintings of landscapes, environmental posters and sketches of street life, and protest signs. He has written and illustrated several books, most of them are about countries and cities. He also produced several commemorative postage stamps for the United Kingdom.Read More →

Milner Gray featured image

Gray was a fellow student and friend of artist-designer Graham Sutherland at Goldsmiths College School of Art, London University, where he studied painting and design. He served in the Royal Engineers during WWI when he was involved in camouflage work like other famous artists and designers from both wars. Read More →

Edwin Lutyens featured image

Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens significantly influenced English architecture and design, merging tradition with modern needs. Known as an architect, he was also a furniture designer, creating functional, aesthetically pleasing pieces. His architectural and design works ranged from country homes to government buildings, showcasing varied styles and his creativity. His timeless design approach left an enduring legacy.Read More →

Charles Robert Ashbee featured image

Charles Robert Ashbee, a British furniture and jewellery designer, played a significant role in the British Arts and Crafts Movement. A proponent of mechanised production and honest construction, Ashbee also founded the Guild of Handicraft and helped spread this design philosophy internationally.Read More →

Omar Ramsden featured image

He was a leading silverware designer and manufacturer in England. He lived on Fir Street in Walkley, Sheffield, Yorkshire but worked in London for most of his career.Read More →

Society of Industrial Arts Magazine Cover

The origins of the CSD lay in the creation in 1930 of the Society of Industrial Artists (SIA) in Britain, when the public debate was concerned with the nature and definition of both the designer and the design profession. Read More →

British Studio Pottery featured image

In Britain, the backlash against the highly ornamented machine-made ceramics that were fashionable in the late 1800s gathered steam. Art potteries were founded by a group of creative craftspeople who William Morris inspired.Read More →

Robo-Stacker recycled design

Robo-Stacker early example of the ‘Recycled Design’ Movement. Whirlpool washing machine drums were used to create general-purpose storage.Read More →

Pack Horse is a ‘active’ leisure chair that will accompany you on your mental journeys. A chair that allows you to become lost in analogue creative pursuits like writing, painting, reading, playing guitar, or listening to records. Read More →

Aestheticism Featured Image

Aestheticism describes the European art movement of the late 19th century. It is centred on the doctrine that art exists alone for the sake of its beauty and that it does not have to serve any political, didactic or another purpose.

Aestheticism is diametrically opposite to the moralist belief, the belief that moralism (and everything else) should be the handmaiden of art instead of art (and everything else) being the handmaiden of morality.Read More →

William Morris Pillow / Cushion

The KAQIU Vintage Tulips Pillowcase is a tribute to William Morris’s legacy, blending traditional craftsmanship with modern materials and techniques. The design embodies Morris’s ideology of aesthetic utility and sustainability, serving as both functional and decorative art.Read More →

Boe collection by Christine Van der Hurd

Christine Van der Hurd is a British textile designer and is professionally active in New York and London. She studied at the Winchester School of Art, Hampshire, until 1973Read More →