20th Century Pattern Design: Textile & Wallpaper Pioneers

Author(s): Lesley Jackson

Architecture & Interior Design

Pattern design flourished throughout the 20th century. From Art Nouveau at the end of the 19th century to computer-generated digital images at the turn of the Millennium, each new generation had their own distinctive approach to pattern design. Tracing the creative cross-fertilization between fashion and interiors, this invaluable book provides a chronological account of the development of pattern design. Highlighting the decisive trends that emerged in each decade, the book draws attention to the achievements of progressive manufacturers and ground-breaking designers, charting the emergence of a series of pattern design superpowers in various countries at different moments in time. From Anni Albers at the Bauhaus in the 1920s and Lucienne Day for Heal's in the 1950s, to Maija Isola for Marimekko in the 1960s, this book combines stunning photographs with informative text to inspire new flights of creativity in pattern design.


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Fully-updated edition published to coincide with an exhibition on British Design 1948-2012 at the V&A Museum, London, as part of their Olympics 2012 celebration; The original edition was the first international reference book to examine pattern as an essential component of 20th-century design history and sold over 15,000 copies; Highlights the work of leading textile and wallpaper designers and manufacturers from Britain, Europe and the US; An invaluable resource for modern design enthusiasts, collectors, designers, students and historians.

'Be inspired by the array of patterns in Lesley Jackson's brilliant book 20th Century Pattern Design.' (Vogue) 'Well known for her expertise in modern design, Lesley takes us through the key decorative styles of the last century, from Art Nouveau curves to the techno textiles of the digital era.' (Elle Decoration) 'The real pleasure of this authoritative book is the number of unfamiliar names catalogued here as major design talents.' (Country Life)

Lesley Jackson is an independent writer and curator specializing in 20th century design. She is the author of many highly-acclaimed books on post-war design, including The New Look: Design in the Fifties (1991), 'Contemporary' Architecture and Interiors of the 1950s (1994) and The Sixties: Decade of Design Revolution (1998). An expert on modern textiles, her recent books include From Atoms to Patterns: Crystal Structure Designs from the 1951 Festival of Britain (2007) and Shirley Craven and Hull Traders: Revolutionary Fabrics and Furniture 1957-1980 (2009). In 2001 she curated the major exhibition Robin and Lucienne Day: Pioneers of Contemporary Design and wrote the book of the same name, held at the Barbican Art Gallery, London. A retrospective celebration of the Days' work was also held this year at the Pallant House Art Gallery in Chicester.

Preface 1900s: Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, and Jugendstil 1910s-20s: Proto-Modernism, Modernism, and Moderne 1930s: Functionalism and Industrial Art 1940s-50s: 'Contemporary' 1960s: Op, Pop, and Psychedelia 1970s: Ruralism, Revivalism, and Giganticism 1980s-90s: Post-Modernism, Document, and Digital Design Bibliography Notes Glossary Index Author's acknowledgments Picture credits

General Fields

  • : 9781845336745
  • : HER
  • : HER
  • : October 2011
  • : United Kingdom
  • : December 2011
  • : January 2020
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Lesley Jackson
  • : Hardback
  • : 1
  • : 745.40904
  • : 224
  • : c.360 full-colour photographs