Robert Stewart: Design 1946-95
Artist(s): Robert Stewart
Author(s): Liz Arthur
Year published: 2004
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publisher Location: New Jersey
Total Pages: 160
Illustrations: Illustrated Throughout in Colour.
Robert Stewart was one of the foremost British designers of the second half of the twentieth century. His work revolutionized design in postwar Britain. Trained at the Glasgow School of Art in the 1940s, he took charge of the printed textiles department there in 1949. He was passionately interested in surface design and became one of the most significant influences in the field. He designed for Liberty, Donald Brothers, and the Edinburgh Tapestry Company in Great Britain and North America before forming his own company to produce printed ceramic kitchenware. During the 1970s and 1980s he designed and manufactured large-scale ceramic murals for public buildings.
During his thirty-five years at the Glasgow School of Art, Stewart proved to be an inspiring and influential teacher. His legacy is to be found in his many successful former students now working in a variety of fields, including textiles and theater design. At a time of renewed public and critical interest in design from the 1950s and 1960s, this colorfully illustrated volume demonstrates Stewart’s lively, playful, fresh work, much of which has never been published.
The Glasgow School of Art Press in association with Rutgers University Press