Liberty of London: Masters of Style & Decoration

Liberty of London: Masters of Style & Decoration

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Liberty of London: Masters of Style & Decoration
Stephen Calloway
Bulfinch Press, 1992

For more than one hundred years the name Liberty of London has been synonymous with the highest achievements in the decorative arts - from fabric to furniture, from carpets to ceramics. A great trading company is always affected by changes in fashion; what gives this one its remarkable distinction is that it has not just followed these changes but helped to create them since 1875. Arthur Lasenby Liberty, its founder, set out to transform the dress and interior decoration of his day; that sense of excitement and innovation has remained integral to his company to this day and continues to appeal to a wide international clientele, making Liberty one of the few names in retailing known worldwide. "This full account of Liberty's accomplishments in the applied arts is therefore also a central history of design over the past century. Organized chronologically and profusely illustrated, it begins with Arthur Liberty's early emporium, selling oriental textiles and imported furnishings, then covers the Aesthetic movement, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, the decorative twenties and thirties, and the revivalism of the fifties and sixties. It ends with a survey of Liberty's current exploration of international modern design. Each section is written by an expert on the relevant period." "The Arts and Crafts movement found Liberty fully established and pursuing the enlightened commissioning that associated the shop with leading craftsmen and designers. After the First World War textiles ...

English - 224 Pages - 25.5 x 2.5 x 31 cm - 1,7 Kg
ISBN: 9780821219744

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