The House of Liberty: Masters of Style and Decoration

ISBN: 9780500236451
Artist(s): Various
Author(s): Stephen Calloway
Format: hardback
Year published: 1992
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 224
Illustrations: Illustrated in colour and black and white throughout


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From its founding in 1875, the firm of Liberty has been a byword for high-quality design. Arthur Lasenby Liberty, its founder, set out to transform the appearance of dress and interior decoration; that sense of energy and excitement remains integral to the house, making Liberty a world-recognized name. This account and celebration is divided into chronological sections. It begins with the early emporium and ends with a survey of the institution’s influence on post-war aesthetics and design. The Arts and Crafts Movement found Liberty’s associated with leading craftsmen-designers. After World War I its textiles continued the famous lines of prints. Now, in keeping with its role as innovator, the firm continues to commission designers and to promote both traditional and avant-garde furniture and artifacts. This history of a unique enterprise reflects in microcosm major developments in taste from the late 19th-century to the present.


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