Studies in Design

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One of the most important industrial designers of the Victorian era, Dr. Christopher Dresser's influence extended far beyond his lifetime; particularly, philosophers and designers of the Arts & Crafts and Modernist movements found his work to be a rich source of inspiration. Dresser's rich and intricate designs for carpets, textiles, ceramics, and furniture revealed exotic influences of Egypt, Japan, China, India, and Morocco. His pure, sleek metalware and glass designs—which were brought by many companies ...

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Overview

One of the most important industrial designers of the Victorian era, Dr. Christopher Dresser's influence extended far beyond his lifetime; particularly, philosophers and designers of the Arts & Crafts and Modernist movements found his work to be a rich source of inspiration. Dresser's rich and intricate designs for carpets, textiles, ceramics, and furniture revealed exotic influences of Egypt, Japan, China, India, and Morocco. His pure, sleek metalware and glass designs—which were brought by many companies and fitted to various products and mediums—were as forward thinking as any Modernistic houseware designs of the mid-1900s.

In this reprint of his classic Studies in Design, originally published in 1875, the timeless are and wisdom of Christopher Dresser are showcased in magnificent color reproductions and luminous philosophical discourse. As inspirational today as he was a century ago, Christopher Dresser is a designer for all times.

"Decorations, to be satisfying to the educated, must manifest knowledge. . . . for unless the decoration is done wisely as well as with understanding, it may yet fail to please those who are best able to appreciate good ornament."

—Dr. Charles Dresser

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…brilliantly colored and proto-psychedelic designs…
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586851859
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 10/8/2002
  • Edition description: FAC
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

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Christopher Dresser is considered by many to have been the most influential designer of the nineteenth century, and his designs later had a major influence on the Arts & Crafts and Modernist movements. In this reprint of the classic Studies in Design, the timeless designs and wisdom of Christopher Dresser are showcased. Dresser's designs, which later influenced other artisans such as William Morris, reveal exotic influences from locations such as Egypt, Japan, China, India, and Morocco. Originally published in 1875, these beautifully reproduced designs and timeless design theories have enduring appeal.

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A wealthy community always erects decorated buildings. In the progressive advancement of a civilized nation, first come industries, and then the fine arts. Cain was a tiller of the ground, and Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Jubal was the father of all such as handle the harp and the organ; and Tubal-cain was an instructor of every artificer in brass and iron. The fine arets flourish when necessities are supplied. The wealthy decorate their houses; but if the necessities of existence are not satisfied, decorations are not called for. Decoration is a luxury; it is something superadded to what is necessary. Yet the desire for decoration is natural to the human mind. Savages tattoo or ornament their bodies, and array themselves in what they regard as decorative objects; and even the instruments with which they surround themselves—their spears and their bows—are ornamented; but savage communities devote no time to husbandry—they live simply by the chase,—hence the innate desire for ornament manifests itself even when man is in a barbaric condition. Princes and merchants decorate their houses, and, even as savages, have their surroundings of decorative character.

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