MONDAY 18 JUNE 2018
Dr Christopher Dresser and C R Ashbee: two opposing revolutions
During the 1880s and 1890s two remarkable and opposing developments took place. Both, for quite different reasons, failed at the time and yet both were to have a significant influence on what followed.We will first look at the remarkable ideas and designs of Christopher Dresser, who it may be said, was the first true industrial designer and who introduced the principals of functionalism into design. We will then go on to examine C R Ashbee and the development of the ‘Guild of Handicrafts’ which put into effect, for silver, the arts and crafts ideas introduced by William Morris.
Ian Pickford is a Freeman of the Goldsmiths’ Company and Freeman of the City of London. He lectures at the University of London, University of Surrey, the V&A, the National Trust, and the Art Fund. Ian broadcasts on both television and radio and is an author and editor of Jackson’s Silver & Gold Marks.