Homemaker: A 1950s Design Classic (SIGNED)

ISBN: 9786000145576
Author(s): Simon Moss
Format: paperback
Year published: 1997
Publisher: Cameron Books
Publisher Location: Moffat, Dumfriesshire
Total Pages: 55
Illustrations: Illustrated in black & white throughout


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Enid Seeney designed her now iconic ‘Homemaker’ range of ceramic tableware in 1956. Two years later it was taken up by the retail chain Woolworths and was mass produced until 1970. It is difficult to know how many of these pieces were made over a couple of decades, but they are still relatively easy to come by, though millions must have been thrown away when they had either served their purpose or fallen out of fashion. They have become a Fifties design icon partly because of their look, but more importantly because they depict typical interior accessories that have become irreversibly connected to the 1950s. The design was extremely popular, largely due to the use of Woolworths as exclusive retailer. At the time, Woolworths was one of the main high street outlets for affordable, but relatively well-designed interior accessories. The store was to supply many financially strapped newly-wed couples with the necessities of life throughout the Fifties and Sixties.

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