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