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Christopher Dresser

Christopher Dresser Textiles p40 and back cover 1100x

Christopher Dresser

While researching the history of wallpaper manufacture I learned that Glasgow-born Christopher Dresser (1834 – 1904) was a key figure in the design of wallpaper patterns. Until then I’d associated his name principally with product design; visions of art deco metal teapots and sugar bowls on silver trays.

Recently I heard about a new book, hot off the presses, about Dresser and his development of textile design.

Christopher Dresser. Textiles. Author: Harry Lyons. Publisher: ACC Art Books. ISBN: 978 185149 882 6. RRP: £30.00.

The author has written a detailed account of the Aesthetic movement and the role that Dresser played. The text, which is loaded with facts, covers the importance of international exhibitions to the development of a business and how marketing affected success in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Innovations in industrial processes changed the way commerce was conducted and Christopher Dresser was sought after for his expertise. In his later life he worked as a consultant to a number of well known manufacturers.

Christopher Dresser Textiles p40 and back cover 1100x

If you want to know more about the man there is a great deal of information to learn from this book. But, it’s the images that fascinate me. I know I’ll be dipping into the book regularly – the images show a startling range of patterns, and they’re simply beautiful. Anyone interested in design, fabrics, colour or pattern will find it inspirational.

Thanks to Hannah Gooch and ACC Publishing Group who provided a copy of the book and images for this post.

See ‘Five surprising facts about wallpaper’.