Christopher Dresser

A Pioneer of Modern Design

The life and career of a pioneer of modern design.

Widar Halén


Price: USD$35.00

  • The first book published on the life and career of Christopher Dresser (1834-1904), a pioneer of modern design
  • Arguably Europe's first industrial designer, Dresser enthusiastically promoted machines and mass-production in his work and through his writings
  • Documents Dresser's entire creative output - works in ceramics, glass, metal, furniture, carpets, textiles and wallpapers, which are now widely collected
  • Explores the influence that Dresser's designs have had on modern taste, with their bold shapes, angular geometry and rich colours


About the book

Christopher Dresser (1834-1904) was one of the most advanced English industrial designers of his age. His work in silver, ceramics, glass, furniture and textiles has been a significant influence on contemporary taste in America and Europe, and can be found in major museums such as the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The simple beauty and imaginative power of his designs have ensured that his work is widely sought by contemporary collectors throughout the world.

This book is the first ever comprehensive history of Dresser's creative life and long career, compiled with incisive analysis and aesthetic sensitivity.

In The Press
'This is the most thorough study to date on Dresser. The chronological recordings of Dresser's professional activities will prove of lasting worth and the illustrations are simply superb.' (Journal of Design History)

About the author(s)
Widar Halén is a Norwegian collector and scholar who has graduated from the universities of Oslo and Oxford. He studied archaeology and nineteenth-century design history.


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