Liberty Style

Liberty Style

by Martin Wood
     
 

The story of Liberty's is the story of design. The brand has been an international byword for style and innovation since May 1875, when Arthur Lasenby Liberty opened the doors of his Regent Steet shop. The son of a draper, Arthur Liberty (1843-1917) was inspired by the conviction that if he could only raise the capital to open his own shop, he could change the

Overview

The story of Liberty's is the story of design. The brand has been an international byword for style and innovation since May 1875, when Arthur Lasenby Liberty opened the doors of his Regent Steet shop. The son of a draper, Arthur Liberty (1843-1917) was inspired by the conviction that if he could only raise the capital to open his own shop, he could change the whole look of fashion in dress and interior decoration. He did exactly that. With an impressive ability to spot talent and to promote good, innovative and interesting design, Liberty's shop quickly became the epicentre of London's Aesthetic movement, the place where Oscar Wilde bought Japanese silk. Succesive movements found a home at Liberty's: Arts and Crafts; Art Nouveau; Art Deco; and the Georgian revival. The work of almost all the great designers of the past century in the fields of glass, metalwork, furniture, ceramics, fashion and, above all, textiles has appeared under the Liberty label. In this book Martin Wood tells the story of Liberty's, its design and its designers: from the pewter and silverware of Archibald Knox and the Silver Studio and William DeMorgan's tiles to the fabrics of Lucienne Day, Sonia Delaunay and Bernard Nevill and the furniture of Piero Fornasetti, Vico Magistretti and even Ringo Starr.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
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Martin Wood's Liberty Style is a well-written, well-researched look at the vision Arthur Liberty cast amidst the grand developments of the Victorian era. This book is a must for any admirer of London or Victorian history." - Victorian Homes Magazine"

This tome is a history of the famous store, Liberty's of London, from its establishment by Arthur Liberty in 1875 to the present. Wood is a noted interior designer and author of interior decoration titles; much of this book covers the period from 1875 up to the shop founder's death in 1917. It was during this time that the excellent design for which Liberty's is renowned was developed by many acclaimed designers such as Christopher Dresser (textiles, metalwork, and glass), architect Charles Voysey (textiles and wallpapers), Archibald Knox (jewelry and metalwork), Arthur Silver (textiles and wallpaper, who created the fabric of Liberty's popular peacock feathers design), and William Moorcroft (ceramics). Even couturier Paul Poiret patterned clothing and fabrics for the boutique briefly in 1932 and 1933. The relationship between the retailer and its designers is discussed, as well as the process by which the various objects were constructed. It is a tribute to the enduring quality of the products originally designed for Liberty's that a number of them are still produced today in revival versions. VERDICT Ideal for readers who are interested in ­Liberty's of London history and design." - Library Journal

Library Journal
03/15/2015
This tome is a history of the famous store, Liberty's of London, from its establishment by Arthur Liberty in 1875 to the present. Wood is a noted interior designer and author of interior decoration titles; much of this book covers the period from 1875 up to the shop founder's death in 1917. It was during this time that the excellent design for which Liberty's is renowned was developed by many acclaimed designers such as Christopher Dresser (textiles, metalwork, and glass), architect Charles Voysey (textiles and wallpapers), Archibald Knox (jewelry and metalwork), Arthur Silver (textiles and wallpaper, who created the fabric of Liberty's popular peacock feathers design), and William Moorcroft (ceramics). Even couturier Paul Poiret patterned clothing and fabrics for the boutique briefly in 1932 and 1933. The relationship between the retailer and its designers is discussed, as well as the process by which the various objects were constructed. It is a tribute to the enduring quality of the products originally designed for Liberty's that a number of them are still produced today in revival versions. VERDICT Ideal for readers who are interested in Liberty's of London history and design.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780711234741
Publisher:
Lincoln, Frances Limited
Publication date:
11/17/2014
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 11.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Martin Wood is an established textile and interior designer. His books on influential figures in the history of design include Nancy Lancaster, John Fowler, Laura Ashley and Sister Parish, all published by Frances Lincoln.

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