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20th Century Pattern Design: Textile and Wallpaper Pioneers Add to My Reading List

From the Publisher. Fully updated edition published to coincide with an exhibition on British Design 1948-2012 at the V&A Museum, London, as part of its Olympics 2012 celebration; The original edition (2002) 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.

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 groundbreaking 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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