Added : March 25, 2007

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Decoration versus Simplicity

Decoration versus Simplicity

The design of Christopher Dresser ranges from decorative wallpaper patterns to geometric metalwork — like the teapot pictured above.

I've long been interested in pre-industrial, proto-modern designers like Dresser. One hand in the era of craft and ornament, the other hand in mechanized production and modern simplicity.

Probably the same reason I'm interested in architect Frank Lloyd Wright. They are both transitional figures.

An exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum of work by Dresser.

An essay from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

And the another essay from the Design Museum in London.

The image above is from a book by Widar Halen published by Phaidon.


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Joey Roth said on March 27, 2007

Dresser is the single most influential designer for my own work, and the teapot you've chosen is one of my favorites. Thanks for posting this!


Brian Slawson said on March 28, 2007

Thanks for the comment. There is an important lesson somewhere in his work. Here is an essay about C. Dresser by Widar Halenwho also wrote a book published by Phaidon.